Enjoying the summer slow down

Luke does a cartwheel

Luke does a cartwheel

To say that I’m a huge fan of summer may be a bit of a stretch, but I do love how much life slows down when school is out and vacation begins. Summer is flippin’ hot in Texas, which is why it’s not my favorite season. Plus, I don’t get summers off. Work goes on.

But the kids are less busy, so my schedule seems much less busy than it is during the school year.

It makes life feel a little slower — a welcome change from the rush of the fall, winter and spring.

Summer projects

Andy and Mads assemble the deck box for the front porch.

Andy and Mads assemble the deck box for the front porch.

As a result, we can do things we don’t normally take time to do. Like revamp the front porch.

I got sick and tired of feeling like the front porch was a dumping ground. We took a bunch of stuff to the curb for bulk collection, clearing off the front porch. I was able to pick up a couple of chairs, a table, a bench-box and some plants. I just wanted to be able to sit outside and work while the kids play in the yard. They’ve been asking for so long.

Luke, Mads and Andy indulged me on my quest to jazz up the front porch. The kids dove into picking out plants and helping me set up the furniture. Andy had a bemused look on his face, almost to say, “Whatever you need, hon.”

But later, after it was all done, he mentioned that the front porch seems more welcoming now. I smiled.  There is still more work to do, but now I can sit outside and work while the kids play out front.

A side benefit is being able to sit out there, drink my coffee and enjoy the sunrise. Even when it’s hot, the porch is still relatively pleasant as long as it’s shaded.

Holiday weekend

The holiday weekend has been lazy and lovely. We’ve relaxed at home, entertaining a school friend here and there and venturing out occasionally for errands. As a result, I’ve caught up on home and work projects yet still managed to enjoy time with the kids. I’m a little sad there’s only one day left of this mini-vacation. I wish every day could be like this.

We finally cleaned out the fish tank, which has been running – fishless and dirty – for months. Mads helped me clean out the tank, then the kids went with me to pick out fresh gravel and plants. We’ll pick out new fish next weekend, after the tank has had a chance to settle down and get the water just right. Luke wants a reptile or amphibian, and I told him he needs to take care of the fish and tank in order to show he’s ready to care for another pet. Andy’s keen to raise a snake. I’m not, but I’m not going to say no.

All I want for Christmas…



Luke shows off his wider gap after losing another tooth.

Luke and I ventured out Friday night to a Round Rock Express game. The team hosts a fireworks display every Friday night, and Luke had asked to see fireworks around the Fourth of July.

During the game, Luke was snacking on a soft pretzel when his front tooth, which had been loose for weeks, finally came out. His other tooth had fallen out last month, and he now has an awesome gap. I can’t believe how fast he’s growing up!