This year I kept my expectations low. Very, very low. I didn't even make plans.
The weather was perfect for a last day of school. It was hot. In the 80's and sunny. I picked the kids up from school and we all hung around outside for the rest of the afternoon. To celebrate "the last day of school" we went to a local restaurant and ate outside on their patio in front of the river. It was such a beautiful night and we had fun watching the seagulls swoop down into the water and grab their own dinner as we ate.
When we got back home the kids raced around in the backyard chasing the dog and getting their neverending energy out. We made it even more special by setting up the tiki torches and getting out the kids' flashlights. As the night got darker and darker the kids got more and more spooked exploring the far ends of the yard by themselves. It ended up being a late night.
Saturday was even hotter than Friday. It was 90 degrees and humid. The kind of weather that makes it imperative to have a sprinkler on and squirt guns in hand. The grandparents came over and we watched as the kids wore themselves out racing around in the cold water. We had a cookout, slurped on popsicles, and ate plenty of watermelon.
As the evening cooled off Todd and the boys got to work stacking and organizing all our wood for the endless fires we have in summer and in winter. It was another late night with no naps in between.
Sunday morning I got up and went for a nice long run. It was warm and humid, but a beautiful and relaxing run. A great way to start the day. After church we went over to the in laws house and were treated to a beautiful brunch. Then while Todd cut the grass the kids played with grandma. Everyone was heated up by the time we left so we decided to take the kids down the lake to play in the cool water. There is a stretch of beach right by our house where kids and dogs alike play and splash in the water. After a couple of hours it was getting close to dinner time and I was worn out, even though the kids were all still going strong.
We got home, showered the sand off of everyone, and ate dinner. We watched tv for a short time and then it was off to bed. After such an eventful weekend I think everyone was ready for bed.
It was a great weekend and a great start to our summer.
I will remind myself, repeatedly, throughout this summer to keep my expectations low. Be calm. Relax. Make memories. Go with the flow. Enjoy. Be in the moment. Let go. And maybe, just maybe, this summer will be as relaxing and fun as it should be.