It has been a very busy first week of summer. I realized today when I was finally replying to comments on my blog that before I know it summer will be over and the kids will be going back to school. Summer is sensational in Minnesota but our season is short. Sadly, school starts before Labor Day which is really a bummer because it is usually still swimming weather the first week or two of September and no one wants to be sitting inside in school.
I made a check list of things I want to do this summer with my kids along with a few things I want to do for myself. Here is what I came up with:
- Teach Sophia to inline skate around the entire lake (about 3 miles).
- Get Sophia comfortable on her gear bike so we can enjoy the many biking trails of the city. (She has been biking with us for years on the “Tag-along” but now is too big).
- Do some hiking at one of the many State Parks
- Go kayaking
- Enjoy evening picnics while listening to live music at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.
- Spend a weekend “up north” at a cabin on a lake.
- Read, read, and read.
- Try paddle boarding.
- Get up to walking 4-5 hours exploring the urban lakes and city (Kilimanjaro training!).
- Learn to grill! (Normally my husband is the griller in the family but I’ve mastered a veggie burger and hot dog for my kids).
- Read a ton of books (I have a huge pile and am on page 450 of a 933 book).
- Finally get my “Mother’s Day” massage.
- Tend my summer flower garden and get the flowers to survive!
- Make sure to spend time with friends.
- Learn to make more summery, healthy vegetarian meals (ideas welcome!)
- Travel! (That is taken care of!).
Within the craziness of the first four days without school, I’ve made a list of everything I have decided to give up for three months and not stress about:
- Having a clean, organized house without toys everywhere!
- Washing and styling my hair on a regular basis. (That is why they invented the ponytail!).
- Yoga, blogging on a regular schedule, reading all my favorite blogs as often as I normally do (sniff sniff), getting enough sleep, having down time, and practicing photography.
- Loosening up on my strict rule of ice cream and popsicles (one per day will have to be two!).
Instead, I decided to dive into laughter, fun, adventure, exhaustion while somewhat losing a tiny bit of sanity in the realization that my kids are growing up way too fast and pretty soon they will want nothing to do with me in the summer. Embrace. Enjoy. Have fun! And don’t forget to breathe!
Tomorrow morning, Sophia and I are heading “up north” as they call it here in Minnesota. With over 10,000 lakes, the state has a very strong “cabin culture”. We don’t have a cabin but thankfully many of our friends do. Sophia and I are doing a mother-daughter weekend about four and a half hours north of Minneapolis on a lake. I’m really looking forward to late nights filled with campfires, s’mores and wine for the women! Should be a “hoot” as they say in Minnesota.