This is the first summer that both kids have been home with me full time. They’ve always been in some sort of summer camp or part time preschool but this summer I wanted us all together, to really experience a summer together before we started full time homeschooling. I had these big plans for us which included a lot of swimming, nature hikes, play dates and trips to the museums but I wanted to keep our schedule open for whatever popped up that we wanted to do. We also had to fit all of this in while we were home in July since we hit the road again in August. We have not been on a nature hike since we got home from Oregon and we have not visited a museum. We have swam our hearts out and had time with friends and family though. I asked the kids if they have had a good summer and they told me it’s been the best summer ever.
It made me realize two things. Time is moving WAY TOO QUICKLY. Summer was here and now it’s almost over and I haven’t had time to do everything I wanted to do with them. Which leads me to the second thing. They do not need all the activities I had planned to make it the best summer ever because to them, being a kid and swimming with friends and family IS the best summer ever.
Simplicity. It’s what I crave and what we need but yet I feel like I need to do all the things with my kids and for myself. I go against what I know we need and end up feeling exhausted and defeated. Why? All I need to do is look at my children and see how happy they are experiencing summer as a child should; swimming, laughing, playing, exhausted at the end of the day because they didn’t stop playing until it was time for dinner. So, lesson learned. They don’t need all the things. They need simplicity, childhood as it should be. And so do I.