By Megan Wirts
Ahhh…sweet, sweet summertime.
Summer is here and I have been doing my best to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The small people are finished with school and the long lazy days have begun. Gone are the rushed mornings and the nights spent doing homework or going to soccer practice. Now we spend our mornings sleeping in and our nights catching fireflies and looking at the stars. I love summertime.
Out of the four seasons that we are so lucky to have here in Michigan, this is my second favorite. Fall has always held the top spot for me, but summer is a very close second. Honestly, when I’m in the middle of summer it is my favorite and then once the crisp weather and sweater season arrives I’m ready for it and welcome it. Right now though, I’m loving this warm weather and these slow sleepy days.
I love being able to roll out of bed to the sounds of the birds singing and the sunshine warming my face. I also love that my kids are self-sufficient and old enough to pour their own cereal. Sometimes one of them will even start my coffee for me before I get up. It really makes me feel like I have done this parenting thing right so far. It also makes me realize how good I have it. I’m ridiculously spoiled around here.
Not only do they make me coffee now, but they have been getting along lately! Hold on while I go and knock on some wood. *knock, knock* One of my greatest hopes for my children is that they love each other and are friends when they are older. I want them to be close and to share their lives with each other. When I see them being silly or snuggled up together reading books it makes my heart sing. I soak those moments in and hold on to them so that the next time one of them is looking at the other the wrong way or breathing so loudly that the other one “can’t even!”, I will remember that they do actually love one another deep down.
Summer is also beach season here in Michigan. How lucky are we to be surrounded by some of the most stunning beaches on this entire planet? My children ask every single day if we can go to Lake Michigan. Every. Single. Day. If I could, I would take them but life and obligations get in the way of all the beach fun sometimes. That’s why when we do make it out to that gorgeous freshwater shoreline, we make the most of it. We will spend hours sitting in the sand watching the waves break on the shore, making sand castles, running up and down the dunes, or splashing and swimming in the water. We found that if you head to any popular Lake Michigan beach in the late afternoon on a weeknight, you can have the entire beach almost to yourselves. It’s kind of the best.
I hope you find yourself soaking in some summer sun at the beach and enjoying these lazy days as well. I also hope that this hasn’t been some kind of a fluke and my kids keep getting along more often than not.
Let me go find more wood to knock on…
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