I was inspired to write this post by something I read last week by a fellow mom blogger. She made a pact to herself to make this a simple summer. I love that idea! No more crazy schedules, no more planned daily activities, no more fuss and no more stress! How fabulous does that sound? I’m not saying I’m not going to take my daughter to the zoo or to the park. I’m just saying that we are going to spend the majority of our time at home. Having easy, summer days filled with exploring, catching butterflies and swimming.
I’ve been thinking about my own childhood and summer was my favorite! My mom never carted us off to a million play dates or planned anything really, other than our one family trip. She would send us outside! These were the best days! Carefree days. At my daughter’s age I never wore clothes. I played and drank directly out of the garden hose. I got stung by bees, I had a tan! My kid will probably never have a tan because red hair but you see where I’m going with this. I want her to remember these days as fun, not busy. As joyful, not forced. And most importantly as simple as summer days should be.
This is also Parker’s last summer as an only child. I want to spend as much time together as a family as possible because things will never be the same for her. Although I know she will love bossing around a sibling, she also loves being the center of attention. So let’s make this the summer of us, kiddo!
Who else wants to make this a carefree summer? Let me know in the comments how you plan to spend your summer.
I just have to talk about Parker’s outfit really quick. She picked the whole thing out when we were at Old Navy last week. She definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. She wants to wear ALL THE COLORS, all the time. And don’t forget the accessories! She had her pink shades on upside down right before we started taking pictures and she was twirling that pink umbrella. I have to say her sense of style makes my inner 80’s child very happy!