Well, here I am, it’s nap time the weekend before school starts. I can’t lie, I have cried. Many of you know, I am a teacher and this year, I was lucky enough to only work two full weeks plus a handful of other meetings. This is the first year I
have not signed up to teach the full session of summer school. In June, I literally sprinted out the door on the last day, thrilled to start summer by hoping on a plane that very night to take our little man to Disney World! We spent a few whirlwind days exploring the parks and loving time with family. Watching my little man’s face light up I learned the true meaning of “Disney Magic”. I couldn’t wait to see what the rest of the summer would bring with all the experiences we would share just the two of us! September 4th seemed forever away!
We returned home to me getting a stomach bug and L and the hubs getting Hand, Foot and Mouth. (yes, it is as terrible as everyone says, especially when an adult gets it!) Our whole house was taken out for almost a week. Poor L was such a t
rooper, he healed up and bounced back fast and was such a good boy while mommy and daddy tried to do the same. He even helped me get things together for Crystal’s baby sprinkle.
The following two weeks, I worked half days and L spent some time with his grandparents in the mornings while I was at work and we spend our afternoons at the pool, taking walks, and playing outside. We enjoyed a cookout with friends to celebrate the 4th of July and a few other birthday parties and a neighborhood cookout as well. The days we simple and sweet and I loved extra snuggles in the mornings and late afternoon giggles watching him in awe of fireflies in our yard. I took many photos, but also tried to be in the moment as much as I could because I was starting to see just how fast a summer can fly.
In the midst of all this, we also prepared to take our annual family vacation with my side of the family to North Myrtle Beach, a true highlight to every year! We decided to leave in the middle of the night in hopes that our little guy would sleep for most of the drive….haha yeah, a 7 hour drive and the child slept for maybe 20 minutes! Once we got there, he did take a nap, a little later than normal, but he woke up happy and ready to roll! We enjoyed an amazing week of sun, sand, water, family and friends. Of course, in true toddler fashion, he didn’t really want to play in the ocean….until the last day haha! He did love the pool and was all about the sand and snacks on the beach. Not that I blame him, who doesn’t love snacks?!?! This trip often becomes the highlight of our summer as it includes a large group of friends and family that just genuinely love and enjoy each other!
L and I got to go for a long weekend with my parents, aunt and grand parents to celebrate my PopPop’s 80th birthday at their home in Bethany Beach. They have a boat so we spent a lot of time out on the water. Lincoln loved fishing with his grandfather and great grandfather. They caught nothing, but it was fun to try and to be fair, they only “fished for about 15 minutes” because toddlers don’t have much of an attention span. The fishing quickly turned into feeding seagulls L’s snacks, which he thought was hilarious. His favorite part was “going over big bumps” caused by the wake caused by other boats. My little dare devil couldn’t get enough!
Our little family of three got to take one more weekend get away to the beach. It was Jeep week so we walked around and looked at all the Jeep stuff. Of course, the taller the Jeep, the cooler it was in the eyes of my little guy and hubby! I have to admit, I own a Jeep so I was just as excited to go check it out and seem them all as the boys were! Some of our good friends were also down so we enjoyed some quality time with them. They have two littles and the kids had a blast splashing around in the bay and playing on the playground while the adults had a nice meal and some drinks. All in all everyone had a blast.
The rest of the summer was filled with other summer things. We picked peaches and berries at a local orchard, visited the zoo, had play dates with friends, stayed outside well past our normal bedtime and enjoyed tons of ice cream! This summer in Maryland was quite rainy so we spent many days doing indoor activities like the library, painting and yes even some movie watching on those days that seemed really long. We tried to sneak in some time with the water table when we could and a few days at the pool. It was the best summer I have ever had.
I can’t lie, I am so sad to see it go. L is at such a fun age and spending so much time with him has let me see him grown and learn in a way that isn’t always possible in the bustle of the school year. I also learned many lessons in remaining calm in the face of a screaming child, sticking to a schedule but also letting go a bit and going with the flow and enjoying all the little things and just being present with him. To my sweet, funny, smart and curious little guy, if you ever read this I want to say thank you. You never cease to amaze. This summer was all I could hope for and more. Thank you for the best summer I have ever had. Somehow, life only seems to get better with everyday you are in it, so while I am sad to see summer end i cannot wait to see what the rest of this year will bring. I love you most, my little stinky face!