This has undoubtedly been one of the best summers of my life. We have made precious memories as a family. We have established some good habits and developed some strong routines that will help us transition into the upcoming school year. We have been on some exciting adventures, and we have celebrated some major milestones.
Starting it all off with a trip to Disney World was perfectly magical. For six days we were together night and day, and I wouldn’t trade a second of that time for anything in this world. Seeing their little faces light up as pure joy escaped their soul, was good for my Momma heart.
Throughout the summer I was also able to take a few days off from work which meant time spent together checking off items from the “Bucket List” and visiting with family. Our evenings were spent almost exclusively in the pool playing Little Mermaid or Ninja Warrior, and our weekends were long and lazy as they should be in the sultry months.
It all comes to an end on Tuesday as Eli heads back to school. There are a few things we didn’t get to check off of our “Bucket List,” but we fully intend to get around to them before Labor Day, and that still counts!
It’s been such a wonderful summer, and I hate to see it go.
Yet, I can’t help but be excited for the year ahead. In the past three years we have had some major life changes – welcoming a new baby, switching career paths, and starting school – but I think we have finally adjusted. I am acclimated to my new job, Eric is settled into his new position, we have learned the lay of the land with our school days, and so we are ready to embrace this new year.
We’re in a good place with the kids. Everyone is sleeping (dare I type that), we can run around town without 50 thousand baby accessories in tow, and we are ALMOST diaper free...but we’re working on Eric. Ha! I joke. Ellie is almost to that threshold.
With all of these changes, I find myself exhaling a little bit. I don’t have to hover over someone at the park at all times. They can play in the bathtub while I layout pjs. They can get their own juice boxes or toys from their room. And I think it took slowing down this summer to realize how far we have come as a family.
This summer has been so precious to my big Momma heart, and I hate to see it go, but at the same time, I can truly look forward to the year ahead. The waters won’t always be smooth, and there will certainly be new journeys to chart, but for right now, I going to enjoy the season we are in as a family.
I hate to see this summer go, but I can’t wait to see what lies ahead!