Pre-Bea, my summers were fairly predictable: School would finish, I’d spend a week reading mindless novels, log some serious hammock hours, go on an amazing trip, and then tackle a non-beach read novel. (For me, summers are for reading Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky…)
Now, summers look similar to the rest of the year. Besides a more challenging bedtime, Bea doesn’t know the difference between our June routine and our October routine. (She still asks why her MOPS teachers don’t show up for the playdates.)
Here are some of my favorite things about this summer and our current season in life.
My parents recently moved to a place with a community pool. We try to make it over at least twice a week, if not more. Bea has gained confidence, and I’ve loved having something to do in that post-nap, pre-dinner time when we tend to get on each other’s nerves before Frank gets home.
Second Child Nesting
This looks so different than nesting with Bea! Instead of focusing on the nursery and building the crib, my nesting has included meeting friends for pedicures and tea and one last massage. We are spending this weekend preparing for the baby, because no one wants to build a crib with a newborn around, but I’ve enjoyed a time of self-care as well.
Afternoon & Evening Rainstorms
Summer days in Colorado can get hot – into the 90’s and can last for days on end. But, we also have frequent afternoon thunderstorms to cool things down and stretches of temperatures in the 80’s. I’m thankful to live in a place where we’re not completely dependent on air conditioning.
I could keep going, but these are some of my favorite things at this moment.
What are some of your favorite things?
Linked with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday prompt, Favorite.