The 4th of July came and went. For some reason I always look at that holiday as being the halfway point through summer. It's hard to believe that I only have a little more than a month left before heading back to school and the bad part is that I feel like my time off so far has been wasted.
It seems I've been enjoying my laptop just a bit too much this summer vacation. My day begins innocently enough as I enjoy my coffee, waiting for Zoe to wake up (Dyl is like his dad and up at the crack of dawn), reading some of my favorite blogs, clearing my inbox, and twittering a bit or a lot depending on who is chatting. However, I am starting to find that this morning routine runs clear into the afternoon. Then I do the dishes, pick up the house, take a shower so hubby doesn't know how lazy I am, and begin to get dinner ready. We always eat dinner as the family and at times do something together, but more often then not our evenings are then spent with me on the laptop, hubby watching tv, the kids doing pretty much the same. So the days go!
If you know me in real life you would probably agree, well at least I hope so, that I'm not what you would consider a lazy person. I'm queen of multi-tasking and usually have way more on my plate than any normal person could "eat". What I've discovered though is that I am entirely more productive with my overflowing plate of things to do than when I have nothing looming in front of me. What can I say, I'm a routine person. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely plenty I could do, but I just don't have the motivation and I'm thinking because there isn't any structure to my day right now.
I even feel that I'm depriving the kids of the enjoyment of their summer vacation as we just sit around the house and I don't even try to find ways to entertain them. Money is extremely tight right now and the cause of much stress for me so I have been in a bit of a funk as every time I would think of something to do with the kids it involved money that I didn't have. This in turn put me in a deeper funk and I would waste another day sitting on the couch in my own little world.
But, I've decided that enough is enough. I don't want to go back to school next month regretting how we spent the summer vacation. I want to enjoy the days I have with the kids watching them run, laugh, play. To be honest, I'm not a very good playmate, but I want to become one.
So starting today our summer vacation is about to change. We are going to enjoy our days off together. We will spend lazy days at the beach, run through the sprinkler, play soccer and kickball outside, take bike rides, visit parks, and enjoy each other.
Because isn't that what life is really all about anyways...just spending time with the ones you love?