I love summer. It’s my super-happy-blissful-fun time. I love the heat, getting that sun-kissed glow (or burned to a crisp and getting that lobster-red hue that’s one more hour away from sun poisoning, which is what usually happens to me at least once a year)…I love being outside and sundresses and being barefoot all the time and cookouts and mint tea and watermelon and going to the beach. Even the smell of sunblock makes me happy. I love outside concerts and fire pits and ice cream and carnivals and fireworks and roller coasters and funnel cake and fireflies and playing my ukulele under a tree. Just all of it. I even love that initial blast of AC when coming inside from the heat. I love the Beach Boys! I love thinking about camping out in the backyard as a trial run with the kids this year.
Last summer was the best summer of my life. I had so much fun with the kids. We just hung in the backyard for like 3 months with the occasional walk to the park and back. It was awesome. We tended to the vegetable garden and flowers and plants. The kids love their little watering cans! I also chatted with my next-door neighbor over the fence every day like 50’s housewives. It was great.
This year is looking to be even better. We already have the kiddie pool out and set up their little sliding board so they can slide right into the pool. I think this year we can still get away with them running around naked in the backyard, so I am going to try to get them potty-trained by summer’s end. Wish us luck!!! I already have a little potty out there. Let’s rock this out, guys! If they have an accident, who cares! We’re outside! Wash yourself off in the pool and try again. Friends take note: this only applies to the two-year old-and-under set. Please don’t take this as carte blanche to get naked and pee all over my yard. I don’t care how many beers you’ve had.
The other awesome thing about playing outside really hard all day? ABSURDLY LONG NAP TIME. It just cannot be stressed enough…I love summer!