Summer Is Tough
And I am not being facetious!
It likes pregnancy, you forget over the winter time how tough summer is on your mind and body.
We count down the days until there is no school and no schedule so that we can frolic and play at the pool and all the parks in our area.
I am sitting here in the living room right now with a sick Carter and I have to admit, I am kinda happy that we have to stay at home and rest today with the TV on!
Here are a few things I have forgotten since last summer:
- The pool is NO fun for moms of preschoolers! Last year, Jenny and I couldn’t wait until this summer when our kids would be old enough to all play together and we *could* possibly sit for a few minutes on the side of the pool and actually have a conversation and relax a bit! But as Jenny posted a few days ago, our pool, that we have been going to for 3 years, revamped over the winter and let’s just say we are not happy! The stress of running around the pool making sure your kids aren’t drowning, packing enough food for starving little ones and keeping loads of sunscreen on little wet bodies wears on a mom. I am exhausted! I know this is one of the sacrifices that we make to ensure the kids enjoy their summers and look back on their childhood with fond memories.
- It is fun to watch your almost 3 year jump in the pool over and over and over again, but your arms definitely get a work out while catching him over and over and over again! Yes, my shoulders were sore the day following an afternoon of swimming at Babci’s pool. (Which reminds me, I NEED to get the boys in swimming lessons!)
- Taking bike rides, walks and scooter rides around the neighborhood (ALL of the above) before 10 o’clock wears on these old joints of mine! ! Yep, I definitely need a lot of ibuprofen the first few weeks of summer until my body gets accustomed to all the extra activities.
- And then after the morning exercise routine we head out to the park then to pool then to playdates back to park. Which keeps my organizational skills primed.
- Carter has discovered Red Light Green Light. So in between bike rides and walks we get to play Red Light Green Light! And he enjoys it enough to play all the time while we are out side! Lucky me!
- Being outside from morning until night does my sinuses in. My allergies are often worse during the first few weeks of summer because of all the grass time we get!
- The longer days totally screw up sleeping schedules. Evan and Carter have decided it is too nice to nap during the day (I don’t blame them) but getting up at 5:45 to 6:00 is pushing it a little bit. And by the end of the day, you would think I wore them out enough to have them go to bed but OH NO!! They have been fighting me on going to bed, even before 9:00! So pretty much, they get up over an hour early and go to bed over an hour late and don’t take naps! Do I need to say anymore? The last 4 hours of each day are real fun!
- Nothing like having to wash an extra load of laundry each day because of the extra beach towels and wet clothes.
- The on going activities make for very hungry boys, so our grocery budget almost doubles during the summer months! And THEY ARE ONLY PRESCHOOLERS right now. I can’t wait until they are teenagers!
- Getting squirted in the face with water guns is fun too, right?
- Having to wear sunscreen with a layer of bug spray makes for a nice fragrance.
- Shaving EVERY DAY is so enjoyable.
Okay, fine, I will stop complaining and get off the couch and head outside for a quick bike ride and a game of Red Light Green Light! But I will leave you with one question:
When does school start again?
Come back in a week or two, and I will most likely being singing the praises of summer, but as of right now this mama is tired and WORN out! YAWN!!!! Can you pass me an extra cup of coffee, my ibuprofen and allergy meds, please and let me know what you love or hate about summer?