I’m having a hard time letting go of summer. It’s my favorite season: lobster rolls, rosé, beaches, the Cape, sprinkler parks, pools, they’re all my jam. Most of all, it’s an absolute gift to spend every day with my kids. They may occasionally whine, step on my feet, spill my drinks, bicker over stupid things like who gets to push the elevator buttons, and have a shaky understanding of gratitude, but they’re also two of the most hilarious, loving, sweet people in the world, and I know I’m incredibly lucky to have this time with them.
Hazy started school today (sob), and George starts on Monday. In the days leading up to today, we did our damnedest to hold on to every little bit of summer vacation.
On Tuesday, we went to our favorite free sock supplier, Boston Bowl, for some bowling and arcade fun with our friends, the Shannons.
Proving our arcade prowess once again, we spent $20 on games and “won” a gummy burger, a Fun Dip packet, a bottle of bubbles (not champagne), and two champagne poppers (also not champagne).
(6th and 4th place might not seem too impressive, until you realize they can barely reach the pedals.)
Thank you, Melissa, Zoe & Alexis for spending your last day of summer vacation with us!
On Wednesday, when the Shannon kids had to go back to school (sorry, Zoe & Alexis!), we had one more day of freedom. Here I will offer my do’s and don’t’s for the last day of summer vacation.
DO: get the kids a special treat, like Slurpees™
DON’T: let the kids get their own “test sips” from the machine.
DO: Take them to do a special activity, like painting pottery.
DO: encourage their artistry
DON’T: assume you can leave your 4-year old unattended for a long stretch of time.
DO: take advantage of a free photo booth
DO: make something for the kindergarten meet & greet picnic
DON’T: make English muffin pizzas. The splitting (fork-split my ass) and toasting are tedious.
DO: teach your 7-year old self-sufficiency while you curse the day you decided to make two dozen English muffin pizzas.
DO: beam with pride as your 4-year old gets super excited for school and even makes his first new kindergarten friend at the orientation.
DON’T: leave all your back-to-school prep work for the morning of the first day of school and then turn into a harpy on the first day of school breakfast table yelling at your daughter to hurry up and color in her “first day of 2nd grade” sign like a maniac. Not that I would do that. I’m a parenting expert.
DO: leave me a comment in the comments section. I like comments the way Hazy and George like Slurpees™.