Do you remember when you were in school, teachers and friends always asking you what you did over the summer?
No one ever really asks you that question after you start working, since most people’s schedules (minus some teachers), include a long holiday break where you’d have the opportunity to report back to your friends all of the fantastic things you did.
A couple of weeks ago, I started reflecting on this summer and all that we’ve gone through as a family. This season was one of change and adjustment for us and one that also involved a lot of re-focusing of our priorities. Going into this summer we were feeling a mix of excitement and fear as we closed escrow and moved into our first home. Honestly, if I think too hard about everything that happened to make that process come together and everything that has happened since, I still get incredibly overwhelming.
Even though it was so hard to say goodbye to our old place, it’s safe to say that the three of us love our new house and have settled in nicely. I’ve enjoyed putting our personal touch on our house and making a “house bucket list” of things we want to update and add while we’re living here. I’ve loved having outdoor space for Cecilia to play and love that we have so many amazing parks and playgrounds within a few minutes of where we live. We were certainly scared to leave the comforts of our old neighborhood, but are happy where we are now and take trips to the old ‘hood often to keep up with what’s going on.
Cecilia has also changed so much in the past three months and it continues to be incredible to watch her grow and learn. This summer I put her on a few wait lists for preschool for Fall 2017 and I can’t believe how fast the days and weeks are flying by. I was playing with her the other day and thinking to myself that this age (18ish months) is the best so far. It’s funny that I thought that and am even typing that because if you would have asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have said that this age was the hardest and most difficult as a mom. The past few months have brought along tantrums, sporadic sleep regressions and overall toddler stubbornness. Underneath that feistiness, though, I know I have the sweetest girl who always help others (especially in the kitchen), has the silliest laugh and little voice, loves to run, dance and play with bubbles, and just has the sweetest spirit. She’s confident, shy, stubborn, girly, playful, silly, funny and downright amazing.
While I am so fortunate to be able to stay-at-home with her full-time, there are certainly long days where it’s hard for us to be together so much because we’re tired or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Despite that, I wouldn’t change my situation for anything. Her laugh brings the biggest smile to my face and I love that she wants to hug and kiss me goodbye even if she’s just going outside to help Travis take the trash out. I can’t wait to see how much she’ll grow and change in the season ahead.
Travis and I have both started re-focusing our priorities and putting family and couple time above everything else. Each week, we sit down and carve out time in our schedule for date nights and family time. Before this summer, we had only had a couple date of nights since Cecilia had been born, but now that we’ve re-prioritized, we go out on our own a few of times a month. While Travis’ schedule can get hectic, we’ve found ways where we can have some quality family time in between work commitments. We visit our garden together as a family every Tuesday morning, meet him between shows for a quick meal and try to keep every Sunday free for family time when we can.
Living in San Diego, we never really say goodbye to summer weather (I know, poor us), but you definitely know when summer is over. Crowds thin out at all of the touristy spots in town, playgrounds get less busy because kids are back in school and people break out the scarves and hats even though it’s still 75 degrees outside. This summer wasn’t always a walk in the park for us, but it is still sad to see it go.
The holidays are fast-approaching and I’m definitely looking forward to them and spending more time with our family and friends who live far away and we don’t get to see often. Cecilia will be just shy of two this Christmas and I’m excited to see her reaction to everything around her. We started a ton of new family traditions last year that I can’t wait to continue. And, since she’s such a great helper in the kitchen, I’m already planning all of our holiday baking!
I’m also excited for warm coffee drinks, all things pumpkin (especially my Trader Joe’s favorites), the Gilmore Girls reboot on Netflix, trips to the pumpkin patch, all of the holidays between now and the beginning of January, focusing on thankfulness and being grateful for all of our learning experiences.
What about you? Are you sad to see summer go? What are you looking forward to this Fall and Winter? I want to know!
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