This is the last week of school for my 2nd grader.
In five days, it will be officially be the start of summer for her and will be followed shortly thereafter by the end of preschool and thus full-time non-stop togetherness until the end of August.
Even thinking about it long enough to type these last few sentences has made me break out into a cold sweat, and I am pretty sure my blood pressure is up into the range of “dangerously high” right now.
I don’t want to feel this way about summer. I honestly don’t. I want to feel like summer is the greatest, what with the no alarm clocks and no homework and days upon days of freedom and togetherness…and Oh God, now I think I am getting hives.
So, I need your help. Because, I feel very strongly that I *should* even in my quest to be honest about how I feel and willing to tell it is like it is, I should go into the summer armed and ready to make the best of it and actually make this time count. I don’t want August to come and realize that our weeks were an endless series of wet towels and sunscreen and too much TV and mommy saying “Stop it girls” and “ENOUGH”…and you get the point.
I want August to come with a pang in my heart as we ready the backpacks, because I know that the three of us just spent good, quality time MAKING memories together, DOING things, GOING places, HAVING fun. It isn’t as though I expect this every day or anything (this isn’t a Disney Channel show, for God’s sake), but I am thinking that once or twice a week during the summer I want to challenge myself to do something more than just throw the kids in the car and take them to the movies.
So, I am looking for ideas from you. Sound off in the comments below. Give me your best suggestions.
And I should probably make note of the fact that I don’t really like being hot. Or spending boatloads of money. And I can’t remember how to ride a bicycle. My girls are eight and four, and we frequently combine forces with friends who have an eight and a twelve year-old, so any activity will have to satisfy a wide age range. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right?