Summer Wrap-up: was it everything you wanted it to be?
We've had a great summer. We had a mini-vacation to see family over Fourth of July weekend. We've gone to a handful of summer concerts. We've hit at least one street fair in the neighborhood. We've camped and have dined gourmet al fresco. We have gardened the best garden yet (for us). We have picked 30 pounds of berries and intend to pick more! We have biked - oh my have we biked! We have even tackled a home project (basement finishing) that will be done any day now.
This summer has proven to be a successful and active one, too, for the kids. Our oldest is camp-aged, in her third year of summer camp hopping. This year has been the best yet: from hip hop at Ethos to all-girls bike camp at the Community Cycling Center and from a session of ice skating at Kool Kamp to a week at Old Macdonald's Farm. Our other daughter has had a summer full of fun with an amazing sitter that we share with another family. Days are filled with jaunts to the pool, picking fruit & veggies, hitting farmers markets throughout town, and biking around the neighborhood and fully experiencing all our local playgrounds.
So, life's good. The kids are rested. They're ready to head back to school after a great summer balanced with activity and relaxation. We feel satiated by our summer. It may be silly for me to say, but I think I'm ready for the routine of the fall. I'm ready for earlier wake-up times and for earlier bedtimes. As much as I love the summer, the flux of it all (a different camp every week, different start/end times, different drop-off/pick-up scenarios) is making me yearn for the consistency of the fall when school starts the same time every day. Of course, once the monotony of the grey skies get to me, I'll be singing another tune.
How about you? Has your summer been everything that you wanted your summer to be? Any last hurrahs to come over the next two weeks?