Summer is my least favorite season. The days are long and hot, and for the most part, there isn’t much to do. I usually prepare myself mentally since I know it is hard for me. I really dread summer.

This summer is different! Now that Emma is in school, we relish the time we have with her at home. This summer is also a break for me from teaching, so another good reason to embrace it.

Our first week of summer break has been wonderful. Fantastic. Terrific. Amazing. Insert any other great word here.

The kids caught me in a bad mood early in the week and, without thinking, I spit out, “That’s it! No TV!! You all lost tv!” I said we wouldn’t watch tv until they were better behaved. Emma, the clever one, asked “For how long?” Still upset, I said I didn’t know. “I’ll know when.” And just like that, their consequence began.

But it wasn’t just a consequence for them, I thought it would be punishment for me, too. Tv time is when I get all my chores done. When was I going to have time to wash the dishes and do the laundry?? What did I do to myself?

Little did I know that no tv would be the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Oh how creative we’ve been!!! We’ve painted and played with play doh outside… We’ve put pictures and signs up in our “clubhouse”… We’ve built towers, bridges, and animals out of Legos… We’ve played Candyland and Go Fish more times than I can count… We’ve done puzzles and practiced writing letters and numbers… We’ve dressed up and had fashion shows while we danced… We’ve had picnic lunches in our backyard and out at the park… We’ve filled our water table and run around in the sprinklers… We’ve read single chapters of A Wrinkle In Time each night and drawn pictures about it… We’ve read more books than we did the last few months… And tonight, Jack even wrote his own story. (He said it to me and I typed it)

I have to admit that the laundry is not finished and there are a few dishes still in the sink tonight, but, I’m not that worried about it. I’ve decided to just have fun this summer. I feel like I’ve been missing out on all the fun we can have and I want to make up for it. Emma told me a couple of days ago that she thinks no tv is funner than having it because we do more fun things. Amen, girl!!

I will also admit that I have spent a lot less time on my phone. Yes. I decided to stop stealing precious time from my kids. So often these days I see parents on their phones while they are with their kids. It just hit me one day. I don’t want to miss anything my kids do. There will be time for Facebook and Instagram (and Pinterest) before they wake up or after they go to bed. They deserve my full attention.

*** I do like to post pics and statuses of the things we do from time to time. It’s sort of like a journal for me. 🙂

I feel the need to say that I love my life! I love my husband and my children! My heart is overflowing. God is so good to me and I don’t deserve it. I pray that my life will show His glory and love, and be a living sacrifice to Him who makes all things new.

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5 NASB)

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