Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sweet Summer Time...

What do you recall about your summers as a child? My Mamaw used to make sun-brewed sweet tea. We'd catch lightning bugs. We drank lemonade. We played ball. We rode bikes. We watched the sun set and then counted the stars. We helped out in the garden. We ate strawberries fresh off the vine. We ran in the sprinkler and we drank from a garden hose. We were thoroughly exhausted every night.

Now, my kids are told not to drink from the garden hose, but we run in the sprinkler. We even make our own strawberry lemonade that they enjoy making far more than drinking. I asked them what they love about summer. They love the water. They love riding their bikes and scooters all day. (I did cheat and allowed them to ride without helmets for these pictures, but we generally insist on helmets or you don't ride. I never even owned a helmet as a child.) They told me they love strawberries and how we always have them every day. They love helping me cook and grilling out with Dad. They love family meals on the back porch or picnics in the park. But most importantly, they love being home with me all day.

I'm not gonna lie, that kind of got me choked up. Sometimes I just want a real job where I can speak with adults all day and not worry about how well one of them washed their hands after using the bathroom or whether they've had enough to drink on a hot day. But to hear that they love being home with me, that makes it worthwhile.

Summer is all about fun. I love this Summer Celebration line from Riley Blake Designs. I wanted a cool and breezy summer outfit for my 4yr old, so she got the Ellie Inspired Poppy Fields Romper in shorts. She demanded lots of pockets and ruffles. She got 2 front pockets and I added the back pocket. Colin got a heavily modified Sweet Dreams PJ bottoms as shorts with scooped pockets. They both LOVE their outfits! Now I will tell you that I normally shy away from rompers because my kids don't like help in the bathroom. With these straps, Jenna can slide them down and go easily by herself. So this romper is a win! I hope you all go out and make some memories this summer!

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