I’m not gonna lie, it was a great summer. The boys are finally old enough that I can indulge my penchant for late nights and lie-ins and afternoon naps filled in with trips to the pool or the beach, two places that I adore. At those places I can now read books or yap with friends and not chase little boys around. I truly believe that these delightful SAHM summers are a reward for the long days of baby- and toddlerhood. Many of my friends are on their third (or so) baby and I get exhausted just watching them run around. God bless.
But it was great! Party party party — we had two parties and went to several others. Most fit the theme of sitting on a deck or in lawn chairs with beers while all the kids ran around crazy. We had that fun jaunt (where the above picture was taken) to WV in early June to visit Dad and Aunt Lil. We had fun company.
And now it’s fall.
My birthday was on Sunday and it had its ups and downs, as birthdays do. I had high hopes for a post-birthday fun lunch with my husband plus spending birthday money at Barnes & Noble and picking up a few things at Trader Joe’s — nice. Sadly, Michael’s untimely illness squashed those plans and instead I spent almost two hours at the car dealership getting my oil changed and sulking. It went downhill from there.
Once I snapped out of that funk I reflected on the busy-ness of my life now — homeschooling is rewarding, sometimes frustrating, and consistently exhausting. There is a certain amount of work involved in getting the little one off to school and such, but not such a big deal (thankfully). There is the general running-of-the-household stuff which I still feel quite unsuited for (and hopelessly behind in), plus my paying jobs that I took up last year when I had two in school! So, it’s not just me — it is a little nutso (add in soccer and swim team).
Now that I have embraced what is (and am getting to bed earlier) I feel more relaxed about the whole thing. Autumn in NEO is full of charms — a long warm-ish season (due to the lake effect), outstanding fall colors, Friday night football games (and the cannon going off at the high school).
But I still love summer most of all.