Live in Vancouver, and you will understand why we rejoice the sun. In a city where is rains more than, actually I am not sure where it would rain more. When the sun pokes it’s face through the clouds, you can almost feel the collective sigh of relief that breathes across the lower mainland. I had chuckle as I looked at my news feed on Facebook yesterday, Every other update was praising the first day of summer and the appearance of Mr. Sun. Unfortunately if you look at the weather forecast, this celebration will only last for two day before the rain comes back (and every Vancouverite poo poos the blog writer).
Today though, I will welcome the sun. It’s the last day of school and I am beginning of my summer. No more lunches and long drives to drop off and pick up my eldest from school. I am now, however, faced with the burning question, what the heck I am going to do with my kids for two plus months? My oldest is nine years old and my little one is eighteen months, and already we are dealing with sibling rivalry. No one else can call out that blood curdling scream from my toddler like his older brother. For the record he also can make him laugh the hardest. I feel like I need to put on my game face to successfully make this the best summer ever.
Take the eighteen month old. Has anyone taken a toddler to Homesense recently? I find myself breaking all the rules to get through thirty minutes in that mothers paradise, pulling out every trick which may or may not look like smarties, fruit snacks, I may have even tried gum (which ended horrible since it was minty and he started to scream). This is, however, the season that I have declared I will “embrace my space”, but I am wondering if embracing means bringing on a nanny?(There I go, off into fantasy land again). I know, you are thinking, what does Homesense have to do with summer plans?
So there will be parks and adventures, as much as we can squeeze in before that 12 pm nap time. Maybe I can get Owen on board with napping too. I could call it “The hour we refresh from all the fun we had this morning”, I wonder if he would buy it? Haha.
No matter what, whether I am breaking up wars between my kids, or stuffing suckers into Oliver’s mouth when trying to squeeze in a little mom time at a favorite shop, I am going to make this a memorable summer. Owen is nine in two weeks. That means next year he will be ten. (genius, I know) That feels like an epic milestone, double digits, how did time march by so fast? Even though I do admit to, wish away hours at times, I feel like I have this summer with my kid, being well, a kid. Last night at dinner, we heard for the tenth time that he wanted to go out and play with his friends after dinner, and I had a realization, this would not last forever. One day all the kids in our neighborhood would not be running out to play hockey, have war of the water hoses or whatever was the favorite game of the moment. One day, Owen will be grown up. Sniff. I am going to seize childhood this summer. I want Owen to look back on life and remember being a kid. I am channeling my “fun mom”. It is time, to have the best summer ever.
So ladies, help a mama out, what are some of the fun things you have planned for summer (did I mention that by best summer ever, I am going to steal other brilliant ideas)? <Insert brilliant ideas>