I’m just gonna say it…Â summer is hard.
In years past, “Summer Vacation” didn’t really feel any different than any other season. Â Sure, we were able to take a few extra day trips here and there, and having mid-day playdates was awesome. Â But we learned the hard way that it was best to keep the boys on their early-to-bed/early-to-rise schedule, which meant no rest for the weary.This summer was a stark contrast to any other year. Â We still hadÂ plenty of day trips and mid-day playdates, andÂ LOTS ofÂ time to swim. Â But this year we took a more relaxed approach to bedtime, which meant wake-up time was often delayed. Â (Yay for sleeping in for the first time in nearly 7 years. Â And by “sleeping in” I mean 7:30.)
The most challenging part for me this year was the bickering. Â Evan is no longerÂ the little tag-alongÂ who happily does whatever his big brother wants to do. Â He has his own opinions (which he feels incredibly passionate about!), and will notÂ settle for second choices. Â And Ryder is a
bossy perfectionist strong leader who knows exactly what he wants and how he wants it. Â There were many times this summer where I needed a mic to drop from the ceiling so I could proclaim, “Llllllllllets get ready to RUMBLLLLLLLLE!”
Seriously. Â At least one of the three of us may not have survived another week away from the safety of the school-year routine. Â These two crazy monkeys kept us on our toes, forcing us to change discipline strategies many times… and on our knees, praying for guidance, patience, and peace. Â A period of growth and refinement for all of us! Â We are a day and a half into the 2015-16 school year, and suddenly peace has been restored. Â My family thrives on structure and predictable routines… and a few hours away from each other each day… and constant activity. Â I might be singing a different tune in a couple of weeks because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory. Â This year we haveÂ two kids playing soccer instead of just one. Â And when you add gymnastics, Aviators (our church’s version ofÂ Awanas), occupational therapy, three days a weekÂ with ourÂ personal trainer and homework into the mix, things might get a little hairy.
So if you see me shufflingÂ around with a glazed look on my face (similar to the one I wore towardÂ the end of the summer), just hand me a cup of coffee and point me toward my car because that’s where I’ll be spending most of my time. Â 🙂