Goodbye, my long, sweet summer holiday

Looking back on two fantastic months of freedom, I feel the need to celebrate them with a last post. Not that there were many others. Of all the things I wanted to do this summer, building this blog was one of many that I didn’t achieve. Apparently, the complete lack of daily routine cut heavily in the habit of writing. And once you start to write less, it’s hard to restart and write more. The great ‘less is more’ thing doesn’t work for writing habits. I knew that, but I carefully neglected that piece of information and stuffed it away somewhere in the dark cavities of my brain (insert tension-building music)

 

The first three weeks of summer were hard. Like in really hard. Nobody prepared me to the ‘entertain me and don’t you dare do any household chores’ phase Little Boy set in the moment his daycare closed for annual vacation. Add to that the interrupted nights, very early mornings, bad weather and a cranky husband (probably combined with a cranky me too)… it wasn’t a good mix, I can tell you.

 

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Luckily, there was a great week in France, to make things better. Surrounded by my family, Little Boy got plenty of attention, and I finally got some rest. Gorgeous weather and a cousin of the same age made for a happy Little Boy and happy parents.

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Going back to daycare afterwards was a bit harder, but the structure and routine were very beneficial to everyone. Sleeping got better, the mornings were still very early though. I tried to get some things done, my husband had a hard time going back to work as he enjoyed the time away very fondly.

 

But another trip was on our agenda. We rented an apartment at the Belgian coast, for the traditional vacation with my family in law. It was the first time we didn’t actually share a space with them, but to me it was for the best. It meant a lot of quarreling between me and my husband though, which surprised me. In my eyes, had absolutely wanted his son to play at the shore and make long walks and stuff, but missed out the whole morning by sleeping in and letting me do everything. In his eyes, he was finally catching up on some sleep (this made me a bit angry, as he never ever gets out of bed in the middle of the night, nor in the morning – so if there’s a person with a lack of sleep in this house, it would be me) and having vacation. Oh well, things turned out fine in the end and luckily Little Boy had a great week nevertheless. Seems he just loves the sea, playing in the sand and running in the water. He changed his rhythm immediately: long naps at noon and early in bed (by seven). At the end of the week he even slept in! It made for a completely different kid.

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Back home, I would start to prepare for school and Little Boy continued his routine at daycare. He’s an easy-going child, and for now he’s very open to people, even if he’s somewhat shy in the beginning. He likes to laugh and to play outside. He eats like a construction worker. His father and I are doing better too, with less nagging all the time. I hope it lasts, because we both were turning into persons we didn’t want to be. Sometimes I ask myself why we tend to get out the worst in each other instead of the best, while basically it’s all about the mind set. Stuff to think about.

 

There is a lot on my list of unaccomplished things (Project Life, weed through my home office, go completely digital, attack the attic monster, make regular visits to the zoo,…) but I enjoyed many other things: library trips, watching my son develop his love for vehicles, visiting friends and family, beach time, long walks and bicycle rides, reinventing breakfast, introducing smoothies, baking my first successful batch of muffins, staying awake for at least half a movie to enjoy with my husband, reintroduce complete nonsensical fun and laugh about it.

 

It was a good summer, in which I learned a not. Am I well-rested? Not really. Full of energy? Surprisingly: yes. Ready for a new school year? Bring it on. I’ll eat it raw!

 

How do you feel to restart after a long period of rest?

Super Powers

Thinking about superheroes, there’s always an image in my head of my younger brother studying for his exams. He put a boxer over his pants and wore a bathrobe over his clothes, the belt wrapped around his head, rambo-style. He got inspired by Quailman and he cracked us up every time.

 

Superheroes come with superpowers and if I could choose mine for the summer, it would be the ability to look at a pile of stuff (paperwork, magazines, toys, dog haired blankets…) to make it disappear. Well, it would be nice if it didn’t just disappear, but dragged itself to the right place or the bin.

 

And while I’m at it, it would be completely awesome if I could duplicate myself in case of emergency. Or semi-emergency. Or just in any case. Like when I’m trying to make soup while my toddler is clearly stating that he’s ready to eat now (that happens every hour, I have a very food-minded Little Boy). Or when I’m trying to comb my hair (oh I hate that job) while that same Little Boy is trashing his father’s bike or bathing in the dog’s water.

 

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But without a doubt, I’ll live through my summer anyway, only slightly missing those super powers, too busy taking in the moment, enjoying the days and closing my eyes here and there to catch up on some sleep while Little Boy takes a nap. My parents visited today and brought my grandmother along and it was great to see how they all connected with our son, knowing he’s loved to pieces.

 

And that (beware: cheesy line) is be the only super power we’ll ever need.

Filling my long and shiny summer

Hurray! Grading is finally over, I only have to go through a few days of endless meetings, in which we decide on the future of many students, and a farewell celebration for our seniors. Summer is happening right before my eyes and I’m so ready for it. So what are my plans,  besides annoying the whole known world with my two-months-summer-break-stories?

 

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  • Go outside, play outside, spend as much time outside as I possibly can. That might seem weird, but I know myself. As a kid, I was one of those children that preferred the comfort of the inside sofa and a good book to the whole social doing-fun-stuff thing that seemed so popular. But I married an outside man, and I’m mother to a Little Boy who just loves to be outside. And it’s good for me. So I plan on long walks, bike rides, trips to the zoo, every little petting zoo I can find in the surroundings (LB has a thing with goats. Don’t ask…), outside play with water, the sandpit, maybe some playground activities… Soak up every minute of summery weather possible.

 

  • Take loads of pictures. Not only of LB, but also selfies and pictures of surroundings and activities. Funny details, insignificant stuff, challenges, I want to practice with my phone camera and with my big camera, getting to know both fairly well.

 

  • Work on my  version of Project Life, (do a quick search on Pinterest, faint after seeing all those impossibly perfect pages and then decide to do it your way, without spending any money on it) one month at a time. I’m quite good at jotting down notes of what we do each day, so it isn’t really that bad that I’m ages behind. I just pick up where I left and enjoy going through all those pictures and memories again.

 

  • Look for inside activities with LB, beginning with the reorganization of his toys. I really want to limit his choices each day, to stimulate actual play (rather then the just throwing everything out-thing that’s happening now), and install a good rotation system. Meet many friends of his age and a little older, while chatting with friends and colleagues of my own age, discover two indoor playgrounds in the neighborhood, go swimming, maybe take the train to some place not to far, go to the library, get creative.

 

  • Organize my ‘home office’ (aka the dump), going as paperless as possible. Take the time to go through all my digital files, throw out old papers, copies of tests, newspaper articles that will never ever be used in their tangible form. Using Evernote to have a good filing system and back-up at the same time.

 

  • Try to work out some basic routines, like cleaning chores I can do while LB is awake. Any suggestions are most welcome, especially if I can involve my lovely energetic 18-monther.

 

And you, what are your plans for summer?

 

 

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