The summer routine is in full swing here, and I love it. I read before that time stretches when we are doing something new or in a new place, but our brain processes the time differently when it’s old hat. I can see that in this summer. The past two summers were full of a fairly new routine/place, but now that we’re old timers around here, it feels like the moments are flying by.
I’m determined to eek every moment of loveliness we can out of these summer days, and we have certainly done our best so far.
The big kids are in swim lessons. I can’t believe how much Hannah has learned. BenBen is having fun, although I can’t say that he’s learned tons. We all know this is not his teacher’s fault!
The first day of lessons, I needed to go to the grocery store, and I felt kind of guilty dropping the two big kids off. I always have stayed to watch. When you’re used to four kids, going to the grocery with just two felt like a vacation. The next day, you bet I did something else during swim lessons! This is amazing!
Then I discovered I could walk around town during lessons with Micah and Sammy- easy to do with two kids, but next to impossible with four. All guilt is gone…I love this. In fact, I already feel dependent on this 40 minutes with a baby strapped to me and another in the stroller, because it is so easy. I am feeding myself. I halfway think I’ll need to find another outlet for Hannah and BenBen after swim lessons are done, so I can keep walking. Hmmm…
Before swim lessons, we skate or play ball in town for a short while. This also is good. By leaving the house, I am focused on the kids and they have so much fun. At home, I’m too distracted to do this.
After swimming, we usually find something fun to do, be it berry picking, hiking, or playing with friends. We’ve checked out a few new-to-us places, but mostly we’re going to our favorite spots to enjoy the season. In the evenings, we hit the pool. Our days are full.
Last week, the kids were in a mini-swim meet in our town, and that was an absolute riot. All the races were one length of the pool in various strokes. And no one had more fun doing their “race” than BenBen (wink!).
We’ve had some campfires, but of late, between evening pool and farm tasks, this has gone by the wayside. We have to get them set up before we go to the pool!
Canning season is also upon us. We have canned all the green beans already. The farm has lots of work to be done, but by John and I doing them together, tasks like green beans truly are fun. I have made some jam and I have pickles started. I’ll start on diced tomatoes today. Hooray for good food to put up!
We are canning outside this year, using the propane burner we got for boiling maple sap. I am thankful to not be heating up the whole house, plus the pressure canner on the glass stovetop isn’t ideal weight-wise for the stove. I do it and I’ve never had problems, but it’s not what you’re supposed to do.
What does the summer routine look like for you?