Sunday, August 16, 2009

Seventy-Four Days Isn't Nearly Long Enough

My summer vacation ends today, and I'm not at all happy about it. Tomorrow I go back to work and Thursday marks Shortcake's first official day of school. I think this summer has without a doubt been my favorite since the girls were born. They're both at an age where they're old enough to enjoy day trips (which I took full advantage of) without cumbersome strollers or diaper bags and without too many emotional meltdowns. We did so many fun things, and this is the first summer is a couple years' time when I haven't had any "This is why I work outside of the home" moments. I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm going to miss being home with my girls.

I'm sure there are countless memories that I'm probably leaving off this list, but I compiled a quick rundown of some of my favorite moments from my temporary gig as a stay-at-home mom during the past 74 days.

My Favorite Things – Summer 2009 Edition

  • Eating BLTs on the back porch as the sun is starting to set
  • Being able to clean in the house during the day
  • Watching Shortcake & my dad pick vegetables out of their garden
  • The girls on the new disc swing at mom & dad’s (and Shortcake’s giggle while she’s on it)
  • Laying the raft at Keith & Mary’s pool
  • Day trip adventures (zoo, train, Kiddieland, Brookfield, dairy farm)
  • New appliances
  • Punkin and her goggles, especially when she wore them while eating dinner
  • Month long vacations for The General
  • Watching Shortcake & Punkin “bowling”
  • Quiet car rides with just The General & me
  • Floating on the lake
  • Laughing so much my sides ache for two days
  • Shortcake’s attempt to find something other than a green P.E. shirt
  • Proposals by the campfire
  • Those first hugs from the girls after a weekend away
  • Laying in on the driveway, watching for meteors
  • The reactions of Shortcake & Punkin during their first 3-D movie experience
  • Reading for enjoyment every single day
  • Late night summer thunderstorms
  • Splash park adventures with friends & family
  • Impromptu fireworks viewing while sitting in Rocket along the side of the road
  • The contagious excitement of our girls at the carnival
  • The look on Punkin’s face just before she jumps into the pool
  • Picnic lunches
  • Sleeping in
  • New windows & updated dining room
  • Shortcake’s infectious giggling

It's tough going back to work after having so much fun, but believe me when I tell you that I realize how lucky I am to have such an awesome schedule that allows me this much time at home with them during the summer months.

Let the countdown to Summer '10 begin!


The MC said...

I'm so sad it's over. :(

Tina said...

The perks to being in education....have a great first week back!

Anonymous said...

It just doesn't seem right to go back to school b/4 Labor Day...they should make a law vs. that!!!
Hope Shortcake has a wonderful time in kindergarten.


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