Life Lately: Summertime – A peek at summer so far and cheers to finding the magic in ordinary days.
Once, when I was about 7, I told my mom “mom? The older we get, the nicer you get!” My mom (thankfully) laughed it off, but as the mom myself? It’s totally true. I love LOVE LOVE babies, but I’ve found I enjoy motherhood more and more the older my kids get.
This summer is decidedly the best one we’ve had yet as our little family of four. In so many ways, it’s been exceptionally ordinary. But it’s been just the summer we’ve needed. Here’s a bit of what it’s been like…
It’s been books upon books upon books, and puzzles, and card games.
It’s been splash pads and pools and swim lessons and kids in foggy goggles and the perpetual smell of sunscreen in the air.
It’s been popsicles and snack picnics on the floor and Friday night movies.
It’s been coloring and chasing each other and driving each other nuts and laughing till our stomachs hurt.
It’s been trips to see cousins we never get to see, and celebrating everyone’s “unbirthday” together since we’re never close enough to celebrate everyone’s real birthdays.
It’s been going on an airplane with them for the first time in 3 years and it being SO MUCH FUN because no one was crying and everyone is potty trained and no one needed naps and they could each carry their own suitcases.
It’s been strawberry picking in my grandpa’s garden and listening to my grandparents tell stories, wishing that my own children will soak up all the things I love about my grandparents while we’re with them.
It’s been laughing with aunts and uncles, and eating desserts and watching kids swing on swingsets as they try to pump their legs to the sky while begging for “one more underdog!” push.
It’s been snuggling the babies we haven’t seen in far too long and watching both of my kids love touching little fingers and toes and smiling at me SO BIG as they get to spend time with someone smaller than they are.
It’s been cheering for Sophie as she passes the swim test she’s been working a year toward so that she can go on the waterslide all by herself.
It’s been watching Milo finally feel comfortable in the water and not spending every second at the pool hoping no one goes under.
It’s been breakfasts and lunches at the kitchen counter with messy hair and comfy clothes and talking while I empty the dishwasher.
It’s been soaking up every degree of air conditioning we can get our hands on and carrying an umbrella to the mailbox because it’s just. so. hot.
It’s been hikes and swims and mountains and deserts. It’s been early mornings and the occasional late nights.
It’s been family walks and a house littered with toys and games and forts.
It’s been losing a tooth and collecting snails and climbing rocks and pretending that small adventures are really big ones.
It’s been incredibly, wonderfully, perfectly ordinary. And it’s been exactly–EXACTLY–what we’ve needed this year.