I thought it would be fun to participate in one of Mama Kat’s writing prompts this week, so I forced my girls to come sit down beside me last night to tell me what their favorite part of summer has been.
Up first, Reagan:
She was ready to start listing all the things she loved about summer. Here’s her list (with my comments):
Going to visit Aunt Charlotte (her most recent trip)
Going to the science museum in Raleigh (with Aunt Charlotte)
Going to the pool (high on the list for both of my girls – they’ve only been a few times with friends)
Going to Hilton Head (staying with grandparents is always fun)
Going to weddings (we’ve had two family weddings so this far this summer – one more in a week!)
The mall in Philadelphia (highlight of one of the wedding trips)
Helping Nicole get ready for her wedding (lots of fun with her newly official aunts, both named Nicole)
Art camp (their only camp of the summer, happening this week)
Watching the Olympics (fun family time, when we manage to stay up)
Playing (her secret number one – being able to play with friends outside or inside almost all day and night long in the summer!)
Jenny required a little more prompting, mostly because she happened to be mad at me.
I asked her to tell me what she’s liked best about summer. She said, “Vacations and the pool,” and tried to get away. So I listed the following additional things that she agreed with:
Fourth of July fireworks with friends (see above, treating Roman candles like Harry Potter wands)
My birthday (somehow she’d already forgotten her fun birthday party from TWO WEEKS AGO)
No school (I think she’s nervous about starting middle school)
Movies (she’s seen Avengers and the Katy Perry movie)
Art Camp (fun for all ages)
Even though I titled this post Summer Girls, I do have that sweet baby boy enjoying summer, too. Summer means he has his sisters around all the time, except, not really because they’ve gone on several trips and try to leave to play with friends as much as possible when they’re here. And when they are here they just make him mad because they try to change the TV from Dora to Pretty Little Liars. So maybe he doesn’t like that part. Something he did enjoy with his sisters (and their friends) this summer? Sprinkler day!
P.S. I stole the three pictures in this post from my own Instagrams – some of my favorites from this summer. Follow me there if you don’t.
It has gotten entirely too hot this weekend. So hot that we decided to spend $3 at the dollar store on a sprinkler for the kids. I brought Brinky (our very white baby who is never exposed to the sun, unlike the other two) outside to see what he thought of it.
He didn’t quite know what to think of it at first.
And he stood right up on the sprinkler the whole time. The big kids said it was a little painful to have it beating on you up close like that, but he didn’t care. What do you think he is? A baby?
They’re so wimpy.
Then they did the unthinkable. They walked off and left him alone at the sprinkler.
Um, guys? For real? Where are you going? I’m down here. With the sprinkler.
I’ll teach you to walk away from me.
Look what I have now. I’m gonna get you!
Or myself. Oops!
The weirdos came back and started doing cartwheels through the sprinkler. Which is clearly not what it’s for.
Or just sitting there when there was clearly a sprinkler to play with.
All in all, a pretty fun time for Brinky.Read More
My girls are home from school for the summer, and they’re already spreading the joy in the house by fighting all the time. They were fighting all the time before school finished, too, but they weren’t home all day, so it didn’t seem as bad. Fortunately I’m not home all day either to listen to it, but I know it’s terrible. Didn’t they look like loving sisters in this picture I took before Jenny’s graduation last week?
I did a Wordless Wednesday post a few months ago that include some of my favorite pictures that I think showed their sisterly love for each other. So I thought I’d try again. I expect to see some of this sort of fun this summer (they like to have fun with Photo Booth):
But I’m also hoping they’ll have some of these moments:
Look at these little girls! Weren’t they so cute and loving?
This clearly all occurred before Reagan wrote this wonderful post last summer, which I’m copying here for fun:
Jenny lives in evil town on a street called mean street. All her furniture says evil. And all her pictures are of evil scientists. And on her door is a sign that says friends only and all of them are mean too and live on the same street. The end. Good night America! That is the end of my tale .
This week’s Monday Listicles topic is 10 Summer Memories, and since I often don’t like to follow exactly what it calls for, I’m splitting into two separate lists of 5.
5 Summer Memories from My Childhood:
1. No School – I always felt like summer didn’t start until school was out, regardless of the date or the weather. And it’s over when school starts back up. So all my summer memories apply to the wonderful days of the summer break from school.
2. The Pool – I feel like I spent pretty much every day all summer at the pool when I was a kid. This included time spent hanging out with my friends, participating in swim team for awhile, making friendship bracelets, loving food from the concession stand if I was allowed to get some. I feel bad sometimes that my girls don’t have these kind of fun pool memories because I don’t feel like a pool membership is worth the cost when we’d only have a chance to go a few times since it’s too difficult to manage during the week after work.
3. Babysitting – I babysat for a family in our neighborhood all summer from 6th grade through the end of high school. But don’t worry, I knew how to keep them occupied. See #2. We spent our days at the pool.
4. The Beach – Most summers we took a family vacation to Myrtle Beach. I remember a time we went with family friends and stayed in a house and other times I went with my cousin and stayed in a cool hotel and a time we stayed in a nice condo. I always looked forward to it.
5. Summer Camp – Starting in 4th grade, I always had some kind of camp to go to in the summer. I went to 4-H camp at that point and through middle school, and then cheerleading camp once I was in high school. I haven’t even thought about sending my girls to a camp yet!
5 Summer Memories from My Girls’ Childhoods:
1. No School – This one applies to today too. Summer means no school.
2. Comic Book Convention – With the exception of this year when we’ll be at my brother’s wedding, our summer family vacation normally involves a trip to the comic book convention near here. The girls still love it now. I hope they’ll still love it as they get older. I think they’ll always love any excuse to stay in a hotel.
3. Hilton Head – My girls spend at least one week in Hilton Head with my parents and their cousin every summer. I guess I’ll have to let Brinky go too one day, if I ever let him leave me.
4. Sleeping in – Up until Lee switched to staying at home a couple years ago, my girls still had to go to daycare in the summer. Even though they had lots of fun field trips, it still seemed like school most of the time because they still had to get up and leave when we left for work. I think one of their favorite things about summer at home is sleeping in!
5. Ice Cream Truck – I don’t even remember having an ice cream truck that came around when I was a kid, but we certainly have one now. Sometimes we turn up the TV when we hear the music from the van headed our way in the hopes our girls won’t hear it and start the frantic search for money. Usually one of them runs out to stop the van while the other looks for money. I think the sketchy ice cream van driver makes a lot of money for the 6 months of the year he deems summer from our neighborhood.Read More
Our dinner conversation tonight:
Jenny: Only four days of elementary school left!
Reagan: Only four days of second grade left!
Lee: Only four days of peace and quiet left.
I think Lee’s trying to figure out ways we can send them away for part of the summer.Read More