I think it's worth noting now what a great summer it was before we move on to the new adventures a year with two school age kids and one I'm not quite ready to give up to a school routine will bring.
This summer, we were on the go even more than usual it seems. We didn't take as many road trips, but we found ways to squeeze the fun out of every day we were home.
This was the summer I made a conscious effort not to over-schedule us with camps and week-long commitments, but still felt like we were always trying to find a a crack in our days to meet up with all the friends we wanted to see and the family with whom we wanted to spend time.
This was the summer all the kids had fun hanging out on the top bunk at the cottage, and two of them even slept up there, rather than piling on top of me on the lower bunk. At least not all of the time.
We had a beach vacation with the extended family, with historic lighthouse and snake sightings along the way to a new beach house further south along the island of the Outer Banks.
This was the summer we toured the zoo with our friends and our cousins like the experts on the zoo's terrain and wildlife we are.
O. continued to work on his Tae Kwon Do skills, attended Reptile Roundup nature camp, and perfected his flip off the diving board. He became fondly attached to Animal Planet, watching marathons of "My Cat From Hell" and "Call of the Wildman" and "Gator Boys." He was into hatching new breeds of dragon on the iPad via Dragon City, and hadn't quite learned about Minecraft. Yet.
We gave up playing with a lot of toys, though we're not quite ready for them to leave the house. We gave up diapers during the day, the double stroller, and booster seats at restaurants.
We wore jeans in the evening and looked for ways to entertain ourselves in the rain. We ate lots and lots of meals at restaurants because we were too lazy to cook even the gorgeous produce from our CSA.
There was fighting over who would sit in which seat in the car, whether the windows should be up or down, and what movie should play in the DVD player in the van. Until most of the DVD's got scratched or coated with gum, and we just watched Alvin and the Chipmunks every day for a month.
It was a summer I reminded myself often that the days are long but the years are short, and for once actually found myself finding solace in the thought.
I miss summer already, but am ready for what's next. How about you? What treasures did summer bring your way?