Enjoying summer and focusing on making every last minute left count

I just love summer! (I know. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times.) And every year, I grow to love summer more and more with my family. I love everything from eating outside on our deck to hours at the pool to having time to read. Even more, I love doing it with my kids and husband. I love vacations and day trips and that there’s no rush after a day of school to get homework done and run to soccer or baseball or gymnastics or swim team practice. I just love the laid back hours of summer.

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As the days dwindle and all the stress and rush and juggle of the school year dawns upon us, I’ve spent some time prioritizing what’s important to me this summer, and how I want to spend our last two weeks of it.summer4

I want to ensure we have time to spend as a family. Time to laugh. Time to play. Time to relax.summer5

With 2 birthdays in the next 2 weeks and a vacation scheduled, I also want the kids to be able to have their last hurrah of summer. I’m asking them what they’ll want to do–be it a visit to a museum, a Phillies game, or just more time at the pool. It won’t be easy to fit it all in, but I’m going to work my hardest and do my best.summer6

It’s hitting me hard as I realize just how very limited our free summers are. Big turns 11 this month; Middle, 9 and Little just turned 5. I stopped staying with my parents for summer vacations after my sophomore year in college. I was 20. Realistically, that’s not a lot of summers left with the whole family enjoying relaxing times together.summer7

So, let the fun continue! Don’t you dare stop my summer yet!summer3

 

How are you enjoying your last fun days of summer?

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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