Summertime Blues

By the end of the school year, I am looking forward to the summer. I make lists of all the fun summer things we can do… crafts and day trips and projects and games. This lasts about a month, but by the time Lakin’s birthday passes in the middle of July, I have the summertime blues and I am so ready for the summer to be over and the school year to start.

The library is no longer exciting to the girls. It’s too hot to play outside (too hot to play inside, for that matter, since we don’t have air conditioning). The girls’ friends are at the beach, then at Disney World, then gone to some other cool summer vacation spot, all of which are out of our reach. We go to the park, but it’s not nearly as much fun to the girls now as it was in June.

As for me, I am all craft project’ed out. We have melted and reformed crayons, we have knitted, we have made collages, chalk drawings and painted rocks. We have braided hair, dyed our hair in funky colors, and played a billion games of Uno.

We have gone to the lake, to the zoo, visited with family, walked through the mall and spent hours at our best friends’ house, playing Wii and PS3 and playing in the sprinkler.

Summertime BluesAnd now… I am ready for the school year to begin. I am looking forward to organizing the school supplies, filling up backpacks with sharpened pencils, new crayons and fresh sheets of notebook paper. I am eager for that moment, right about 8:15am on the first day of school, when I come home and all is quiet… the house is silent for the next 6 hours.

I can wash the dishes without “help”, mop the floor without asking little feet to please move, do my grocery shopping without herding cats, and blog during the daylight hours without interruption.

I never remember to fully appreciate that silence and peace, until the middle of summer arrives.

Mama’s Losin’ It This post is part of Mama Kat’s weekly writing prompt meme. She puts several new prompts up every week, or you can visit her blog to get random prompts at any time.
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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • I also wrote about being over summer, and longing for back-to-school. You are not alone! It’s funny to read another mom’s point-of-view, and to realize it could be so similar. I may try to read through all of the posts having to do with missing school. Thanks for sharing! I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog through Mama Kat’s—there’s so much to read and ponder.

  • Kirsten@thisdomesticlife

    I totally here you on this and no one is even really going to school this fall in our house (I had been the school person up until I graduated this spring). I miss the fall weather and newness of a school year!

  • Thanks Erin! I’m glad to have found your blog too! 🙂

  • When my girls were little, I dreaded the thought of them going to school and being away from me for an entire day. By the end of that first semester, I was hooked on how much I could get done in a day by myself. Now, as much as I love having them home on breaks and vacations, I really do look forward to the new school year. 🙂

  • Bankerchick

    Thanks for visiting.  I can remember August being the longest month. We always took our vacation in June, so keeping the kids busy the rest of the summer was a challenge

  • It’s definitely a challenge! I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling to find fun ways to entertain the kids. 🙂