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My Favorite Part of the Summer

People always ask me the same thing when I say I took the summer off with the kids: “What was your favorite thing you did?” I’m always kind of stumped.

It’s not that we didn’t do a lot of fun things this summer. In fact, to refresh my memory, I read all 39 posts. Some of our best days were spent riding water slides, visiting with old friends, hanging with family, helping the homeless, and of course, being beach bums.

 

We had a ton of guest stars, old and new, that helped make the summer extra fun.

 

And how could I forget, we got a new team member!

dogs in nature
She likes ice cream and whining. She fits right in.

But I think my favorite part was just being a team with Hazy and Georgie and really getting to know the people they are at ages eight and five. The thing about these “one summer(s) at home” is that for 3/4 of the year I’m a working mom and for this 1/4, I’m a stay-at-home one. And I hate to admit it, but I gain a much deeper bond with my kids during my time at home. We have our soundtrack (it includes Carly Rae Jepsen and lots of John Williams), our inside jokes (we always sing-yell, “That’s how she feels!” instead of “I love cheap thrills!” because that’s how George sings it), and our routines down pat (coerce George to put on pants, pack beach bag, sunscreen everything in sight). And while they definitely did more than their fair share of whining (what’s a fair share, btw, one minute per kid?), they also made me laugh, helped me feel like a kid, and made me feel incredibly loved every day. They treat me like a rock star and so I feel like one around them, and I am eternally grateful that I have this time with them.

 

I mean, what team’s better than this one?

For George’s kindergarten class, his teacher had us fill out a family info form. One question was, “What’s something you want us to know about your child?”. The day after I turned it in, she asked me, “Where you the one who said you would legit hang out with your kid if he wasn’t your son?” Hell yeah I was. He’s hilarious and fun. Same goes for Hazy. She’s the Edina to my Patsy, I’d go insane without her. I miss our time together already, turds, and I’ll cherish it forever.

Going through One Summer At Home withdrawal? Try the Designer Impostors version. If you liked One Summer At Home, you’ll like Letters Lists. And if you don’t, well, I’ll probably write a letter to you.

 

Beach Day!

photo (11)I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to have a beach day. We LOVE the beach. The thing is, I was a little nervous to go to the beach without Matty, because here’s what you need to bring to the beach – bare minimum – with two kids:
• bag with 3 beach towels, sunblock, dry snacks, swimmies, sun hats, swim shirts
• bag of beach toys (buckets, shovels, strainer, etc)
• 3 beach chairs
• shade tent (or umbrella)
• cooler with sandwiches and cold snacks
• cooler with water bottles
We tend to carry this stuff in a large roll-y cart that gets significantly less roll-y on sand. Because it’s also virtually impossible to leave the house with two small children before 9:30 am, we didn’t get to the beach until a little after 10:30, which means we had to park in the auxiliary lot, an extra 500 yards away (still $20 though).  The important part is that we made it, and it was awesome.

We went to Wingaersheek (thanks, local friends who weighed in). The water was absolutely perfect, the flies were minimal, and the low tide created an awesome little sand bar and shallows area that the kids loved playing in.

Sure, this tent seems really great now. #foreshadowing
Sure, this tent seems really great now. #foreshadowing
She's smiling because I told her she looked like Ariel on the rock.
She’s smiling because I told her she looked like Ariel on the rock.
They're smiling because I yell,
They’re smiling because I yell, “Smile!” at them until they do. Just kidding. Kind of.
How many calories does digging a one foot moat around a three foot sand castle burn and is it enough to cancel out eating ice cream every other day?
How many calories does digging a one foot moat around a three foot sand castle burn and is it enough to cancel out eating ice cream every other day?
Favorite part of sand castle making: sand castle destroying
Favorite part of sand castle making: sand castle destroying
The Not-Napping Phase lasted about an hour.
The Not-Napping Phase lasted about an hour.
It might've helped if I hadn't kept taking pictures of the Not Napping Phase, but he looked so cute.
It might’ve helped if I hadn’t kept taking pictures of the Not Napping Phase, but he looked so cute.
“Mama, make me into a mermaid.” Nailed it.

Remember that “great” tent? Here’s the advice Matty gave me for folding it up: “one thumb up, one thumb down.” Here’s my review of folding that goddamn tent: two thumbs wayyyyy down. After about 10 minutes of watching me wrestle that thing, the family camped next to us took a break from laughing at me to try to help. The mother and teen daughter jumped in, and the three of us managed to somehow jam it back into its tiny carrying case. The woman jerry-rigged it shut and I prayed it wouldn’t pop open in the trunk. Matty, I’m sorry, but this bad boy will be waiting for you on the lawn.

F&*king tent
F&*king tent, temporarily shoved in bag
F&*king tent, currently misshapen on our lawn
F&*king tent, currently misshapen on our lawn
Did I mention that I also couldn't flatten the roll-y cart? There's that jerk, taking up the whole trunk.
Did I mention that I also couldn’t flatten the roll-y cart? There’s that jerk, taking up the whole trunk.

Aside from the Tent Incident and the Roll-y Cart Incident, I did it! We’ll be back, beach, hopefully next time with some reinforcements.