Monday, June 11, 2007

Summer Vacation is Officially Underway

Well, summer is in full swing at our house and the first week was a whirlwind of activity. My kids finished well this year with school and I am glad we are done! (can I hear a big AMEN!) I love this time of year when the days are longer, the feet are dirtier and the laundry is lighter. (or I can dream at least!) Bedroom hampers can hold alot of shorts and t-shirts. Socks rarely see the light of day this time of year and all the swimsuits and towels hang in the mud room night after night to dry on the hooks which once held layers of coats The schedule and routine have completely changed and I am sure I will be a bit sporadic in my blog posting but if it means that more time was spent with my kids, than all is well. But little do my children know in the shadows of our warm summer days, mom keeps some simple goals for her crew so that the temptation to do absolutely nothing is not met.

Our week began with a bang or maybe I should say a "jump". The first thing on our summer schedule was to set up one of these in our backyard!



We were not able to bring ours with us when we moved across the country, so we promised the kids we would replace it when we were able to. They have been jumping all week even in their pajamas. (yes my little guy is wearing his pjs) And, yes it is square.

Our second week began with another real treat and surprise. My mom is here with us visiting. She flew to a city about five hours away at the end of last week from California to see her sister who is ill, and drove to our house to spend a few days with us before heading back to be with her sister. We were all very excited to see her and the kids are getting lots of Grandma's hugs.


If I didn't say it already, I will say it again, "I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!"
It is a time to step back from the routine that school brings to our family and take some moments to listen to, walk along with, watch as they play and truly treasure my children's childhood.

17 comments:

Jenileigh said...

Enjoy your favorite time! The trampoline looks like such fun!

Linda said...

Chris - I always come away from your posts feeling a sense of peace and contentment. I hope you have wonderful, memory-making summer days with your family. I will enjoy reading your posts whenever you have the time. It's nice to know when there isn't anything posted that you are enjoying time with your children. What could be better?
Have a blessed summer Chris.

Deidre said...

Amen! for stepping out of our routines! We're enjoying staying up a little later, sleeping in a little longer and just plain having fun.

And, you're right....less laundry ... I think ;)

Heth said...

WOO HOO! Bring on the summer time!

Jen said...

i like the safety net on your trampoline
pleased your all having a wonderful time with your mum

diana said...

I love summer too. It seems like it is busier than the school year-just a different kind of activity. I drove by the other day and saw a couple of your kids out 'bouncing,' it brought a smile to my face...

Kim said...

I'm glad you are all enjoying summer! Tramplonies are such great fun and your little guy is too cute...his hair has grown!

Enjoy these wonderful days, Chris!

Kim

Cyndi said...

Yes! Yey, summer! Loved the picture, too. We had to get rid of our trampoline, as we had literally enjoyed it to *death*... it was just falling apart. I even enjoyed getting on it every now and then, LOL.

Have a blessed visit with your mother, and a wonderful beginning to your summer!

Susanne said...

I got a big sigh from reading this. Wonderful days. Even though I still have my dayhome in the summer, it definitely is more relaxed around here. Spending lots of time outside and in the wading pool. Schedules sort of go out the door. Which is so freeing.

Laura said...

What fun! Summertime is the best. Savor the dirt, the light laundry, and the late-into-the-day laughter.

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Beefy said...

I love the way you describe the changes for summer. :) We're wanting to get a trampoline, too - I hope it's this summer - that looks too fun!

T said...

beware of broken arms! :)

momzie said...

I am sipping iced coffee and feeling the warm summer breeze blow out from your blog.
Square?! cool.
I agee with T about injuries, so I just pray a landscape around your trampoline- ha,ha, inside funny!!

Tammy said...

You make me feel excited about summer now! :) Love the trampoline, too!

Deborah said...

My kids love their pjs and so do I we dont get to do it enough though, good on you mom for letting them be kids. love always me

Julie Fink said...

Hi Chris, I love your new design! Enjoy the summer!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

We need a new trampoline. Did it take forever to set up?

I love summer too!