Summer is quickly coming to an end and kids are boarding the busses back to school! I personally cannot believe how fast this summer went by! There were so many things I wanted to do that I either never had the money or time to do them.
I was thinking about this today as I felt the first sign of Autumn in the air; this is not just a cold front passing through from the hurricane people, fall is here! I cannot wait to decorate my house in spider webs and pumpkins! I cannot wait to create my front yard cemetery with my kiddos (Kayleigh called it our “spooky Garden!” last year)! I cannot wait to don our spooky attire and beg for candy from strangers but I can wait a long long time for snow!
Anyways, see how excited Halloween season gets me? I got totally off topic ….. so as I was saying; I was feeling really down on myself today because I was thinking about all of the things I never did with my kids! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, I wanted to very much but time passes quickly and Labor Day marks the end for many of the things I wanted to do! I felt really guilty because I remembered the promise I had made them at the first signs of summer “we are going to do so much fun stuff this year!”
Now here I am, standing here, a giant failure to my children! I mentally ran down the list of things I wanted to do/talked about doing this summer:
Renting a cabin on the lake for a couple of days. My dad and his wife did that last year and the kids had a blast! I wanted to replicate that experience this year at the same cabin! Subsequently, their prices went up a LOT this year! So what had seemed affordable once was now a bit out of my grasp!
Visit Fun Town, Santa’s Village, Storybook Land or any place of a theme park nature! Something a little bigger then the county fair!
Visit the coast a handful of times! We are fortune because we only live about an hours drive away from one of the biggest coastal attractions for vacationers, but we never seem to have time to go!
Go camping at a few different campgrounds. The kids finally reached an age where it seemed appropriate to begin camping! I love camping and used to go constantly before I had children but while they were young I was too worried about things like the weather and Bugs! A damp tent is no place for a baby! This year that was going to be different!
Go whale watching! I know … it sounds corny but I really think my children would love it! Even if we didn’t see any whales, my kids would love being on a big boat!
Go on a train ride! How awesome would it be to ride a train through the winding woods of Maine? Super freakin awesome!
Visit my Father, Nephew and Step – Mother in Arizona! We literally have an open invitation to come whenever we would like to and they will even pay for the tickets (I would rather pay for them myself but they would be willing to!).
Show them as many cool new things as I could!
This list is what an awesome summer would have looked like, if I was a better Mom! We didn’t get to do any of that stuff and I stood there feeling guilty as all hell because of that! I felt like I had somehow let my children down, that I had single-handedly ruined what could have been the best summer of their life! Like an eighty’s movie summer … that kind of good!
The a realization came over and smacked me upside my noggin! Hello, how could they know what they missed out on? I mean … what they don’t know don’t hurt em …. right?
Here is what we did do this summer:
We did go camping for the first time! Maybe we didn’t go as many times as I wanted … but who says we can’t pitch the tent outback? Well …. we have a skunk outback … who says we can’t pitch the tent in my moms field?
We went to the pool numerous times this summer! Okay, it’s not the ocean but salt water is bad for your skin and sand gets everywhere anyways!
We went fishing, boy did we go fishing! Each spot we found was nicer then the next! There was always something new to explore and sometimes we had to hike a bit to get where we needed to go! We drove around to several new places and had man adventures because of fishing! Not to mention, Kay-bug caught a huge bass, even reeled the thing in all by herself on a tiny frozen pole! My girl!
We went to two State Fairs, out for Ice cream all the time, and to the local goat petting farm!
We went to Portland and visited Macworth Island, if you live in Maine and haven’t been there, go! It was well worth the trip, if you have children! There’s an entire community of fairy houses that people have built and you can contribute by making your own! Tons of fun! Plus, there’s a beautiful trail that winds around the ocean and highlights all the best part of Maine’s shoreline!
We went to the fireworks and miraculously my entire family ended up with the day or evening off so we could all watch them together!
We went to the circus and the kids got to ride a real elephant!
We caught a caterpillar and helped it in its journey to become a butterfly!
And a ton of other things! So yeah …. maybe I have a giant list of things I didn’t get around to doing, but I have an even better list of things we did do this summer! At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing because everyday is a great adventure when you have kids!
What does your list of things you wanted to do look like? What did you end up doing instead? Let Us Know!