July 20, 2009


The countdown is on ladies!

There are only 5 weeks left of summer vacation. (According to our school’s schedule anyway.) Before summer began, I had goals. Realistic goals. It wasn’t anything like starving myself and losing 40 pounds so that I could squeeze through the small attic door in my closet—which isn’t really an attic, just a hole in the ceiling—but it would make a perfect hiding spot from the kids nonetheless. I could put up with cramped quarters, even though I might feel like a contortionist with my knees up over my forehead and my nose sandwiched into my love handles.

Desperate moms do desperate things for peace and quiet.
I could sing songs from ‘They Might Be Giants’ and no one would hear me up in my closet as I sang Particle Man.

Actually, if I was pushed to go to such extremes, (...like hiding in an attic...), I would need to belt out Rob Thomas’s tunes to ‘UNWELL’:

"All day
Staring at the ceiling
Making Friends with shadows on my wall..."
(because I would be getting bored)

"All night
Hearing voices telling me
That I should get some sleep
Because tomorrow might be good for something..."
(I don’t anticipate holding out that long, I would have to surrender at some point. But my limbs could be numb and locked in pretzel mode. I may have to enlist help…)

"Hold on
I'm feeling like I'm headed for a

(Oh, wait. Did he mean that mentally? Oops, my bad...)

"I don't know why…" (Actually, I do. It’s called Kid 1, Kid 2, Kid, 3, Kid 4 and summer vacation. The “I’m so bored!” syndrome has taken full effect. Look at the drastic measures I’m taking!)

"I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell-- (No duh)

I know, right now you can't tell..." (really?)

"But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me…"

"I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired (it’s call ENSNARED.)
I know, right now you don't care (*snort*)
But soon enough you're gonna think of me
And how I used to be Me..."
(in the days before kids, Freddy Kruger stretch marks, hiding in dark closets, days when my hair was done, make-up on, smelling freshly showered and just like the Downey teddy bear, and my clothes fitting correctly…Yes, PUH-LEASE think of me and how I use to be ME!)

"Talking to myself in public-- (happens all the time)
Dodging glances on the train" (in this case, it would be when I’m in public shopping with kids who are having meltdown and I want to die and hide somewhere far, FAR away.)

"I know they've all been talking 'bout me (It’s quite a show! That’s why I no longer go…)
I can hear them whisper (and point)
And it makes me think there must be something wrong
With me..."

"Out of all the hours thinking
I've lost my mind..."


"I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know, right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me…"

Dude, that should be my theme song. How accurate is that? Jordan can attest!

Truly, I had realistic goals this summer. My summer goals included taking the kids to various places, and doing all sorts of fun things. We were going to go on mini-vacations, the zoo, camping and fishing.

The only fun thing my kids can say they’ve actually done this summer was going to a movie and going hiking.

Luckily there is still time to make it up to them. My summer has been insane. (Not the “kids are driving me crazy” kind of insane, well, that too! But, it’s just been busy.) I have spent less time blogging, trying to keep my kiddos entertained.

In an honest, true confession, I LOVE lazy summer days with nothing to do. It’s all going to get hectic once school starts and I’ll be wishing for a break from endless homework and crazy schedules. Summer is a good reminder to wind down and take it easy, to enjoy it.

So I’m trying to enjoy the simpler things like taking the time to read books, hanging around the house in my PJs without feeling guilty, or watching a movie with the kids, or playing a game with them. I need “mommy time” just as much as my kids need “their mommy.”

How about you? Are you finding less time to blog, finding less time to spend on the computer and getting things done because of the summer months?

I repeat: The countdown is on.
Only 5 more weeks of summer play time left and then life falls back into school and extra-curricular activity schedules.

I always need a good reminder to enjoy life and to live in the moment, because I won’t get it back. By next summer, my kids will be older and perhaps, hanging out with their friends more. How many more summers am I going to have with them like this, where we can enjoy it together while they're young?

Alright, alright, I’m climbing down from my attic.
However, I’m going to make a stop at the cookie jar first to reward myself…


Becky said...

You perfectly describe my love/hate relationship with summer! When school ends I think, how am I going to do it this summer- but when school starts I think, how are we going to go back- we have had so much fun! Enjoy your last few weeks!

Jess said...

I am one of the few who actually loves summer vacay. Not because all my little ones are home, but because its the end of those crazy school schedules, mountains of homework & daily morning yell fest to get everyone to school ontime.

I live for the sleeping in, getting dressed when I feel like it & being able to laze about in my PJs, all the live long day, if I feel like it. This is the real gift of summer.

School starts on Aug 10th for us & I am dreading the whole 'crazy' package that comes with it.

Long Live Summer! (Great post by the way...LOVE the "Hit & Run" pics!)

Amy said...

I'm with you, for some reason I think that I CONSTANTLY need to be entertaining my kiddos, but come on, sometimes the lazy days of NOTHING are actually kind of nice! You're so great by the way and thanks for the happy birthday wishes.

Amber Lynae said...

It is summer and I have been spending too much time playing inside. It is sad. I need to remember to take little princess out and enjoy the summer.

tina said...

I am not really ready for summer to end. I love that my house seems to be cleaner and I don't have to worry about all their busy-work homework. I will like it when I don't feel as tied to staying home because hauling the herd is sometimes too much.

ps I love your wallpaper.

Christie Gardiner said...

I will be sad to see summer go, but I might actually get something done! :)