Summer time can be wonderful.
The kids are home from school, the sun is shining, the pools are open and there’s plenty of time to do family activities that may not be possible during the busy school year. There’s time to play together, eat together, vacation together….
But summer time can also be CRAZY! Did I mention that the kids are home from school? All the time? Like every day?
Did I mention there’s plenty of time? Plenty of time…for them to fight with each other because they are bored. Plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves…and to get on my nerves because they don’t know what to do with themselves…plenty of time to whine about being bored and plenty of time to drive me to drink wine nightly.
Summer time can be especially crazy for people in the military because it’s PCS season (permanent change of station). Not only is school over and your routine is shot, but you are having to pack up and move. Sometimes across the country. Sometimes to another country – as is the case with our family!
This summer has been especially crazy for us – moving out of our house, our house that we brought our third child home to, a house on a street where the neighbors were absolutely wonderful to living out of suitcases while visiting family for several months as we prepare to move overseas.
This life is CRAZY. Being a military spouse is crazy. Having little kids ages 5 and under is crazy (and exhausting) BUT…as I played with the kids in the pool this afternoon…as I watched them splashing and laughing…an overwhelming wave of something came over me. It’s a feeling I’m not really sure how to describe but I found myself thinking – This is what summer is all about. Just being together. Playing outside. Laughing together.
And for those moments that we were in the pool together…for those moments that they were smiling from ear to ear as they took turns jumping to me- I realized – this is summer. This is what it’s all about.
Hell, this is what LIFE is about- moments of pure joy, of being in the now, of being present with your kids and the people you love…only to be broken by the sounds of the kids bickering over a ball and whining over whose turn it is with said ball.
Life is filled with GOOD things. Life is filled with BAD things. But…get this…
The beautiful thing is you get to CHOOSE which things you dwell on. You get to CHOOSE which things matter in your life. You get to CHOOSE which things to remember, and which things to discard.
CHOOSE wisely, my friends. You only get to live once.
In honor of summer boredom…I’m going to share some of my favorite, HEALTHY summer treats to make with the kids!
Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream
Healthier Fruit Pizza
Healthy Pineapple Dole Whip