Every summer is always a bit rough. I try so hard to keep my cool, but there is usually a day or two or a whole month (Summer of 2013) where I'm crying hysterically, willing school to start back up again. This summer has probably been one of the best ones with my kids. I only cried like a crazy person once!
My motto was "Chill". Anytime something crazy happened, I closed my eyes and said "Chill". Milo poured out an entire bag of popcorn seeds all over the floor? Chill. Abbott broke a whole carton of eggs and mushed all the meat in the fridge together? Chill. Milo poop smeared in his room (this thankfully only has happened once, he usually does it at least once to every new place we move into)? Chill. Abbott decides to pee on the ground outside? Chill. We lose water for five days? Chill. A huge butterfly flaps around your face? CHILL!
I also told myself that I wasn't going to plan some huge event this year and that everything we did would be met with calm tranquility. I purposely didn't plan to go on some big vacation anywhere with my kids, moving to a new place is stressful enough. We spent most of our time by the river or hanging out at the park and when I wanted to be a hermit, the kids played in the hot tub or we lazed about inside on our beautiful electronic devices. It was really nice. I didn't have a care in the world for the most part and in my defense, the day that I lost it and cried like a crazy person (...and maybe looked up giving children up for adoption) I was also on my period.
Now that school time is nearing I'm getting excited to get back into a routine, but this summer was really awesome. I got to stay in an incredible house (I'm still here, but we'll likely move soonish) and cook in a luxury kitchen, I got to hang out in a hot tub as much as I wanted, got to go on random hikes with my kids on trails that are a 2 minute walk from my house, I got to swim in a river that's basically in my backyard, I got a special treat and had the house to myself for two days.
It was a great summer. I'll be sad to see it go. I'm realizing, as a person who has insane anxiety, that these chill summers are the thing for me.