With the official first day of summer only two weeks away, I am thrilled about what lies ahead. There is so much I want to do and see with my little ones and I don’t know where to begin. I want their summer to be a time filled with adventures and amazing experiences. I want them to move through this wondrous season soaking in everything it has to offer.
Jada is 19 months old and she is starting to become fascinated with the idea of pretend play. When she sees me playing with her brother she joins in with absolute delight. She wants to be a part of the adventure. One of the things I can’t wait for are all the summer thunderstorms, so we can get into their toy castle, pull out a flashlight, and tell stories about fireflies and friendly bears. I’m still a kid at heart.
I also want to take them to the beach. There is nothing like it, and although Jada has been to the beach before, she was only 9 months old and I don’t think she truly appreciated the moment. Now that she is older, I am sure she will fall in love with the sea, dipping her little toes in the water and digging her fingers into the sand. I want to sit and breathe in the ocean air while Jada sits in the sand with her brother and they attempt to build a castle.
Finally, I just want to enjoy all the little moments that make summer so much fun. I want to give Jada her first ice cream cone. I want to watch them splash water at each other in a pool. I want them to enjoy tall glasses (and sippy cups) of homemade lemonade after finishing the sweetest slice of watermelon they have ever tasted. I want to enjoy fresh fruit and barbeque with them while we giggle about the day we had and our plans for the next one.
Summer has this way of making everyone smile more often. Maybe it’s the sunshine or maybe it’s the warm breeze across our cheeks. Whatever it is, I just want to relish in the magical moments that the season offers and I can tell that my babies do too. They want the days to move in slow motion so they can squeeze in as much as they can. I don’t blame them. Slow motion sounds pretty good to me.
Yes, the summer can get hot, and there will be days where we long for winter – even if just for a moment – because the heat feels like too much. But then we will realize that summer is only here for a bit and when it’s gone our kids will miss all the magic that came with it—and so will we.