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Summer So Far 2014

“Summer” in our home usually starts around the time the kids get out of school.
Never when the calendar says “Summer” officially starts.
Kind of like how “Fall” doesn’t officially start until the end of September, but really feels like it starts the moment the girl’s step on the bus.
The fun of “Summer” gets sucked up in bus fumes and school paperwork.
It’s just not any good without my children. I am one of “those” moms who look forward to school break.
Oh yes, there are times I tire of my girls.
But for me, I like the break from routine that school brings into our home.
The schedules, the homework, the running around that end of August until the beginning of June bring is exhausting.
And I enjoy having my girls with me.
Like a mother bear, I like my tribe surrounding me.
Our “Summer” has been going on here for going on two months now.
It started out pretty good, then went sour fast.

Here is our “Summer” so far in pictures.

Skinny me

Summer started out really great.
Look how happy I am.


Summer bonfire



Cookout on the patio

Dinner on the patio.





Last day of kindergarten before summer break!

Last day of school bike ride.

Then, slowly, summer took an ugly turn.

In the hospital

I got sick.


Make my pneumonia go away

Really sick.


I'm sick

At my lowest.
And my kids were home to watch it all, which made it all the more frustrating.
I couldn’t be “super mom”.
But something amazing happened.
They rallied.
They became compassionate.
And just plain amazing.
All qualities they had all along but needed something like this to bring it to the surface.
When your six-year-old with ADHD sits with you in bed and lets you take an hour nap while she reads, colors, and plays Barbies next to you?
I consider that growth on her part.


Spunky Dunker Donuts

Donuts make everything better.


Melted ice cream on a hot summer day

So does ice cream.


Field of Dreams?

On a day out amid my illness depression, we all went out for a day trip.
We stumbled upon this park where this team of softball players were in throwback uniforms.
It was perfectly perfect in every way.
I said to my husband, “do you think we are the only ones who can see them??”
Field of Dreams is one of our favorite movies.


Kopp's Ice Cream Milwaukee

In Wisconsin.
At the best ice cream shop ever.

Summer reading

Read this in 12 hours.


Ella's note to daddy

Love notes on the garage floor for a daddy who works lots of nights.
My girls miss my husband a lot.
Hell, I miss my husband a lot.
Probably a lot more this summer because I have been so out of it.
So when my youngest left this note on the garage floor and said with tears in her eyes, “I miss Daddy just so much”, my heart sunk.
In a good way.
For years I have always worried that the girls wouldn’t be close to him because of his long hours.
That they wouldn’t be bonded.
It couldn’t be farther from the truth.
On his day off, my oldest, a teenager mind you, want him to take them alone to lunch to have time together.
The three of them will sit and watch movies together all day, stuffing their faces full of popcorn or Cheetos.
He is the fun one.
I am completely down with that.



Summer school

A lot of the above.
I made a pledge to myself and to Ellie when we found out she had ADHD back in February.
As much as the school system doesn’t want my child to be “left behind” I think the bulk of it should start at home.
My mission is for her to go into each grade as prepared as I can get her.
There is a normal “slide” for most children over summer, but I feel like, for my youngest, it is like climbing a mountain at the beginning of the school year.
Change is hard, getting used to the new classroom, new teacher, new schedule.
All of that will be a tremendous change for her.
I don’t want to forget words, letters, and how to do basic math to be a part of that equation.
So we have been working.
At least four days a week to keep her on top of things.
The beauty of this is that she doesn’t fight me at all.
When I tell her it’s time to do “school,” she says, “OK mom” and comes to the table.
This from the kid who HATED to do homework all school year.
I love this time.
I do.
So this is a little selfish too.
I am cherishing this time because in six weeks, she will be somewhere else more than here and that makes me want to cry.

Ella lost a tooth this summer!

Oh, and we lost a little something too.
Sorry for the National Geographic picture.
And the nose hair.
And the spit line.
And the gory ripped fresh from the gum picture.
I am all about being real.
Maybe a little too real.

So “Summer” is officially here and almost gone.
I am slowly coming back to my “normal”.
And we are OK.
Pass the s’mores.

18 thoughts on “Summer So Far 2014”

  1. I'm so glad you are feeling better, and that you were able to make the best of it. I, too, love having the kids home for summer. And then when it is time for them to go back to school, I am ready for that too.


  2. I am so sorry you were sick!!! And the kids are going to remember these years as some of the happiest EVER. Because you're their mom.


  3. Yes because that means we get our monthly WHICH I THINK NOW NEED TO BE BI-MONTHLY pie dates back.That is what is keeping me going.You.And pie.


  4. I'm glad you're feeling much, much better. It sucks that you had to get sick for so long but at the same time it's nice to know you can rely on your girls in your time of need. This clearly shows what an amazing mom you are!


  5. Is that a photo of your child eating ice cream with her bare hands?! I need to try that. Spoons and cones slow me down. That photo of you sick is soo sad. Glad you are better! Hope the second half is even better than the first!


  6. It is SO much better than the first! LOL She had a cone that broke.But it wouldn't be unheard of her to eat with her hands.


  7. I am so sorry you've been sick and hope that you're on the mend. Maybe the silver lining in the sick cloud is that you got to see a picture of the beautiful women your little girls are becoming!! Feel better….eat pie …. and give us more delightful posts!


  8. I didn't know you got sick! Why didn't I know you got sick? Are you better?And I just got a bad feeling in my stomach because I haven't made my girls sit down to their workbooks nearly enough this summer. Like twice.


  9. Oh my! Your midst of sick picture could also be a reading TFIOS pic? Glad you are coming out of the fog and gloom of being so ill. (Glad Flat Kari has been out having fun for you) You are awesome with your summer school/camp fun!!!


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