I’m ignoring all thoughts of being half-way through the year and half-way through summer. I’m going to focus on how much I loved June because … hello, Summer! Even while sitting by the pool, barely cooking, and lingering longer, I managed to learn some things.
1. Road trips can mean love.
We drove three hours for Greg’s third cousin’s wedding because we appreciate the relationship we have with her parents.
I drove the kids to Louisville for the day because I wanted to hang out with my sister and her family. They live in Buffalo, NY, so I have to take what I can get. The 15-hour day involved 3 1/2 hours there, four hours at the zoo, a few hours at a park then dinner, and 3 1/2 hours home. But it was such a fulfilling day.
And then less than two weeks later we went to Louisville again for a quick weekend that included my 20th high school reunion.
2. Taking care of our pool isn’t as overwhelming as I thought it might be.
Greg and I are more and more comfortable with being pool people. We get our water tested at Schecter’s Pools & Spas in Murray, and we’ve loved their help. They help teach us what to do at home. We’ve got the weekly maintenance down and rely on the professionals’ wisdom for tweaking the regular treatment.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know we’ve been swimming often, like most every day.
3. Even as a grownup, summer gives me the freedom to sit and linger longer.
I read more fiction. I feel less self-imposed pressure to be productive. I enjoy life more. Truthfully, I need to carry this summer mindset into every other season.
This month I’ve read three fiction books – “Fool Me Once” and “Home” by Harlan Coben, and “Ladder of Years” by Anne Tyler – and nonfiction memoir “Lean On Me” by Anne Marie Miller.
4. Rachel is a patient, quiet hide-and-seek participant and sometimes hides when nobody even declared a game.
This makes us laugh because she’s usually constantly on the move and has many, many toddler words I’m certain mean something in her head. It’s hard to believe she’s 21 months old, and quickly approaching being a 2-year-old girl!
5. The fourth (and final) season of “Revenge” was too drawn out, but I’m glad I finished binge-watching that show.
This means I’m taking recommendations about what else I should watch.
6. Having a kid old enough to play games I love is fun.
Cate has been into Apples to Apples for a while, but this month we taught her Rummy. She, Greg and I have made it part of our nightly routine to play after the other two kids are in bed.
If we were sitting on a porch together, what would you tell me about your June?