My, how I've waited for you!
I've realized recently that summer is indeed my favorite season. I used to say it was fall (and fall is GREAT), but something about being a mom in the summertime is extra special. It is sacred time for making memories with my kids, slowing down, and enjoying life. Even more so this year because my big girl has been in school all year, and now I'll finally have her home every day to enjoy!
She graduated from Kindergarten this week, and the whole thing was just so exciting. Only once does your first-born start and finish Kindergarten. I was so proud of the way she handled herself this year. She was brave and independent yet stayed kind and innocent. We were blessed with a wonderful first year and I'm so thankful. But I'm even more thankful for the arrival of summer and the more relaxed schedule it brings with it.
Suddenly I'm able to sleep in a little, read in the mornings, and make real breakfasts. This, of course, is temporary as I will be having a baby in a few short weeks! But I am enjoying it while I can. Eden lost her second tooth at breakfast Wednesday and the tooth fairy visited her that night. She and her sister came bouncing into my room about 7:15 Thursday morning excitedly showing me her two dollar bills. "That's great!" I told them. "But new rule: y'all are not allowed to wake Mommy up ever again until Ezra is born. I need to sleep while I can." They nodded in agreement (although I'll be shocked if that actually works), but it's worth a try. :-)
I already have a list of things I want the girls and I to do before baby brother gets here. My summer bucket list includes having a lemonade stand, going to the splash park, making homemade Play-doh and more. I love slow schedules and downtime, but I also want to make the most of our time before our schedule gets hijacked by baby ;-).
Also, I wanted to let y'all know that coming in June, I'll be hosting another "Be The Mom" summer series with ideas to challenge you in your "mom role" this summer. My friend Amanda Farris and I loved hosting this series together last year, and I hope it will be a blessing to you once again!
So tell me -- what's on your summer bucket list? How did your school year go? Are you as pumped as me it's over?