Sure we have already finished up All-Star baseball and swim lessons but we only just went to the river for the first time this last week. The kids and I are joining Joe down at Pendleton next week, meaning a one week hiatus for me at the beach in which we are also going to make good use of our season passes to Legoland and visit the Science Center museum in Santa Ana. Once we return, I have aspirations to also visit the more local Children's museum, visit Pump it Up during it's pop and playtime, take the kids to the water park in Palm Springs, the Alpine slide in Big Bear and go to the river as many time as we possibly can. My goal is to have a fun relaxing summer with plenty of pool and playtime right here at home but to strike a balance, I plan to do one camera-worthy activity every week.
And I refuse to let the summer get away from me like last year. I am using the time that is freed up from carting the kids to school and other structured activities to start walking again and boy, does that feel good. It feels really good to live in a neighborhood where I enjoy going for walks and don't fear for my life that I might be attacked by rabid pit bulls. Moreover, after giving the kids a 2 week plus break, we are working out of curriculum books almost daily and Jake has been reading a couple of books to me every day after lunch. Even cuter, is that after he is done reading his books to me, he is "helping" Jadyn learn to read too. Seeing them read together is about the most precious thing ever!
So the stores can go right ahead and start packing away to the sand toys and pool supplies in favor of glue sticks and composition books. For us, the time for back to school shopping will come. It may serve as a reminder that summer will be over before we know it. But I refuse to let it pressure me. For now, I want to live in the moment and enjoy my summer. Because it does seem like we have only just begun.