This week was the beginning of summer, our 10th year of marriage and my amazing tan. (The beginning, I said.) So it’s no surprise it was packed full of entertainment along the way.
Lesson #1: When Mom finally gets kicked in the head by her high horse and says you can get water guns, be sure it’s Dad who takes you shopping. He’ll buy you the really cool ones—you know, the ones you practically need a permit for.
Lesson #2: It’s kinda hard not to laugh at your kid when he’s sick the first (rainy!) day of summer vacation, but insists on going to the school supply store to get the perfect journal so he can get started on his Somr Wrtrs Wrkshop. (My suggestion for entry #1: Nerd Alert…The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree)
Lesson #3: While we did squeeze in a fun day trip to the Academy of Sciences in SF, having no real plans this summer is already forcing the kids to get creative. Big’s been writing in his journal, trying to teach Little to read (you can imagine how well that’s going), playing baseball, and making Little run in circles around him declaring they are Target.
Lesson #4: Telemarketers hang up when a kid answers the phone. Then again, maybe Big hangs up on them. Either way, it’s the best discovery ever.
Lesson #5: As Pink gets older, I don’t think anybody is going to be surprised to learn that she has two big brothers. Especially if she continues to show off her new trick. She makes herself fart (yes, she can do it on command—luckily she’s still in diapers), then looks around at everyone waiting for them to laugh as hard as she does.
Lesson #6: While you know the years have been adding up, it’s a cruel reminder when you spend your anniversary morning looking back on wedding photos and your kids keep saying, “Wow, you look so young!”
Lesson #7: Another sure way to tell you’ve been married awhile (and had a few noisy kids along the way) is when you’re three hours into your 24-hour anniversary getaway at a nearby resort and you haven’t seen each other. And you’re both totally ok with it. (Because, of course, the next 21 hours are pure romance.)
Lesson #8: When you decide on a stay-cation, going with the whole I-can-wear-a-bikini-because-I’m-not-going-to-see-anybody-I-know-anyway theory doesn’t apply. (You can all be grateful that’s not the picture I used for this post.)
Lesson #9: Sunscreen saves lives. And destroys ear buds, books, notebooks and snacks when it spills all over your bag.
Lesson #10: When a bird poops on your arm walking your groceries out to the car, tell the guy who sees you wiping it up that you’re going to take this as a sign that it’s your lucky day. You’ve beat the odds. Because when he offers to walk your cart back to the store, you might just find you’re right.
May the odds work in your favor, the sun shine on your summer and all that good stuff. Because, let’s face it, in between those chaotic moments, most of it really is the good stuff.