Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Last Of It

Finally, the end is near. Tonight I packed L's last lunch for the school year. 1st grade is over tomorrow. We had A's preschool graduation on Monday. And Friday is my last day taking care of Baby Girl. Tonight, as I was making dinner, I realized that we didn't have to be anywhere tonight! Such a very odd, but very welcoming feeling. We almost didn't know what to do with ourselves!

I am so ready for summer. I think I'm more excited for it than my girls are. With it just days away, I'll be able to clean my house soon. You know, that really good deep clean. It's sad when your life has been so hectic, you're actually looking forward to cleaning your house. I'm even excited to cook. To actually plan meals. Fresh, light meals with lots of fresh veggies! Lazy days are sounding pretty good too though. Cooling off in the back yard sprinkler and at grandma's pool, gardening, sitting on my front porch reading, while all the neighborhood kids play. Making sun tea with sprigs of mint picked out of the garden. Walking the dog. Popcicles. Being sun-kissed.

I can't wait to go to the beach again. I want to walk on the beach at night. Sleeping in sounds delightful. Actually enjoying my coffee (maybe two glorious cups), could almost bring me to tears. Making blueberry pancakes on a Wednesday and not the standard bowl of Fruit Loops! The library. Camping. Sitting around a campfire and star-gazing with my hubby and girls, then piling into the tent to snuggle up next to each other and fall into a deep sleep. Garage sales. BBQ's. Corn on the cob.

It was a good year. A fast one for us. I have no complaints. I even look forward to what next year has for us. Second grade. Kindergarten. It'll be a new life. Another page in our story. But right now, I'm so tired (you see these dark circles?). Even though I know within days, our summer will be just as busy too (we'll fill it up) and the kids will be bored and missing friends, I just love the idea of summer. At this weary moment, it looks like a blank slate. A designated time to catch our breath. I'm going to do that as long as I can. Or until September. Whichever comes first.


kat449 said...

You have absolutely MADE MY DAY!!!! thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment on "Ethel"
Clean slates are like bare canvases...just waiting to be lived painted with color or sometimes slow, lazy black and white days of summer, the beauty in that is the fact that "we" are the authors and can choose...thank you Lord to trust me with my days and my blessings from You.
I look forward in reading whatever it is you write...Besides living and loving your family outloud, your other fabulous gift to us, is writing. You are a joy my friend...Blessings to you and yours...Kat

Jennifer P. said...

It is so rainy and overcast and miserable here---you have REALLY made me long for summer now!

Hope you get to do all of it and more!

insane mama said...

I have another week and a half of packing lunches

Christie said...

Ah, Summer. Delightful!
Now I want to go camping, BBQ eat corn on the cob and sleep under the stars...


Amy said...

That sounds wonderful. I love summer too. I can't wait for no homework among so many other things. Enjoy! We have another week too.

Angie said...

It's so strange to hear people talking about school when I have been out since May 23. It hasn't been that long but it seems like an eternity. We are enjoying those very things you mentioned. I am getting the paper tomorrow to scout out the garage sales and hopefully the kids will cooperate!

Cookie said...

I just love the music and the read over here ... hope you dont mind if I just hang out for a bit and catch up on your sweet family!

(and btw, yippeeeeee... summer vacation rocks!)