Summer in Full Swing: Check

11 Jun

Kids off to summer band – check. Kids off to science camp – check. Girls off to Girl Scout camp – soon to be checked. Church camp and Bible camp – nearly checked. Children’s library reading time – checking all summer long. Swimming lessons – not yet checked. Cleaning the house – checking. Worst-ever sinus infection – check. Flowers, tomato plants and herbs bought – check. Planting said flowers, tomatoes and herbs – not yet checked.

Weekend away with the family – check. Longer vacation with the family – yet to be checked. NOT doing a community theater production this summer in order to actually have a summer – check. Removing ticks from the cat – check. Bird watching out my windows – checking each and every day with joy. Doctor appointments, dentist appointments, veterinary appointments – check.

Strawberry shortcake – checked several times. Iced coffee consumed by the gallon – checking daily. Grill used and appreciated – check. No time to write – check. Barely able to blog – check. Taking advantage of every moment possible to cuddle and read to kids – check. Reading a lot myself – check.

Getting verklempt every time my six year old reads to me with her newly-acquired fabulous reading skills – check, check, check.

Summer in full swing: check.

Ian tuba


Lucy meal


13 Responses to “Summer in Full Swing: Check”

  1. Beth Ann June 11, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Summer is in full swing—finally! Enjoy yours! It looks like you have found a great balance this summer so hope it is a fabulous summer for you!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 11, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Thank you! I am enjoying that we’re not doing everything this year!

  2. Minnesota Prairie Roots June 11, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Looks like one busy, busy summer in your household. But fun stuff. Love the pix of your darling kids.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 11, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      It’s busy…but it’s controllable! There are definitely many more things that we are NOT doing!

  3. whatimeant2say June 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Wow. Now I feel REALLY unproductive…

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Oh, heavens no! I love the camps because the kids have fun and the house is a little quieter for a few days…so that’s a win. And like I said, my plants have not been planted…they’re still waiting patiently and probably getting all leggy and weird. And as for that strawberry shortcake…I mean, who can’t do that? It’s a must!

      • whatimeant2say June 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

        So far, I have gotten out of bed today…

        • Gretchen O'Donnell June 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

          LOL! I’m up and dressed…but mostly just because of band camp forcing me up every morning!

  4. treadlemusic June 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I’m glad to ‘hear’ that the production/theater is off your “to do” list. It’s necessary to really enjoy/participate in the other important relationships/activities. Sounds like you ‘got it right’ and are in “summer gear”….(smile)….blessings….

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Yes, we needed a break for sure. We all really enjoy it – but the enjoyment is better when it’s less frenzied – so maybe next year!

      • treadlemusic June 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

        Something to look forward to, eh? The lazy hazy (not too crazy) days of summer ahead…….enjoy! Hugs…….

  5. Hotly Spiced June 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    It sounds like summer is in full swing at your place and that you are very well organised. I hope it’s a great summer for you xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell June 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      It’s funny to think that for you it’s almost winter! We’ve been having a very cool/wet spring and I thought about you and your summer last year, which you said was so cold. It will be interesting to see how the weather plays out here in July and August…

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