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Making things easier this summer…or at least trying!

It’s that time again, summer vacation!!! I love the summer, it really is the best time of year. The kids get to stay home, enjoy the weather, have playdates, ride bikes and pretty much have fun most of the time!

We are at day three, kids are settling in and as a mom I sit here, sip my iced coffee and ponder, “Will I make it through the next three months?” The answer is probably yes, barring any natural disaster, but what I really mean is, will I mentally make it through without turning into a crazy person? Because as much as I love summer, and as much as I love my children, I am an introvert who needs some time to myself every day (like most moms out there do, right?). Time to recharge, or time to be creative or time for quiet. I am realizing lately that I am at a point in my life where I have taken on too much, and I always feel just a little bit (okay a lot) overwhelmed…

For instance, today after a very fun playdate, where my kids built forts and played all day, they decided it would be a good idea to make flubber (a kind of slime), and I thought it would be a good idea to let them (I would insert a tear faced emoji right here but computer wont let me). We found a recipe and followed it exactly (at least I thought we did). There was a lot of mom…Mom…MOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!!!!! And then came all of the questions, (which I completely realize are a part of being a kid) yet, they always send my brain into overload and shutdown mode all at once. Also, there were ingredients everywhere, this automatically frazzles me, (and trust me I wish I was the mom that didn’t care about this stuff, but alas I’m not, sigh).

So, the first batch was a disaster, after the second trip to the store (for more glue) the second batch turned out great! I would have stopped there but I have three kids who all wanted a different color.  We went for round three, and this round turned out just as bad as the first…not really sure how that happened, but I will not be posting links to these slime recipes any time soon. 🙂 Anyway, fast forward to a slime covered kitchen, and a mom who really needed a second cup of coffee…the kids were happy though so that’s all that matters, right?

As I sit down for the first time today I get to thinking… Summer is constantly filled with moments like this. Kids bouncing from activity to activity, with endless amounts of energy; and moms, (who wish they had energy) left with another mess to clean, mouth to feed, laundry to wash, bubbles to blow, cup to fill, tear to wipe or book to read. I chose this profession, but I’m tired already.

This summer I’m looking at things a little differently…I tend to re-evaluate at this time every year (see last years post). I no longer have babies in the house, my oldest will start 5th grade in the fall, life is moving right along. I want my kids to look back on the memories we make in the summer as fun times, and I want to have fun too! Because after all the summers in New England are way too short!

So, here is what I am doing to make the summer easier on all of us:
1. Chore Charts (So they can’t tell me they are bored). Quick age appropriate tasks to teach them responsibility. And yes, I am prepared for this to get old fast.

2. Reading this book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, by Kristen Welsh. Because almost everyone is entitled these days and I need help instilling gratefulness in my children.

3. Trying to plan easy meals…my worst task ever. I’m terrible at it, but I must for the sake of sanity and for my kids that are hungry all day long. Also, I’ll be trying to stock somewhat healthy, filling snacks.

4. Spend time doing devotions every day, for strength to tackle the days. This should be up at number 1. Easier said than done, because some of the days will fly, but lots are long and I can’t do anything without His help.

5. Carve out some time at night or whenever to do something I enjoy, even if it’s just grabbing a coffee and a good book, going to the thrift store or spray painting something! 🙂

I would love to hear your tips on how you enjoy the summer with kids, and what you do to make it less crazy as busy moms. And now, wish me luck as I go and clean up that slime in the kitchen! 🙂

XOXO,
Jolene

PS: Remember the flubber/slime I just talked about??? This stuff is no joke!!!  I jumped in the shower for five minutes after writing this post, and this is what I was blessed to see when I came out. Nothing that a little Young Living Essential Lemon Oil and half a bottle of dish soap couldn’t handle. 😀 I may have had to clip out a few pieces of hair, but now you know how to get out slime if needed.  Never a dull moment!

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4 Responses to Making things easier this summer…or at least trying!

  1. Heidi June 14, 2016 at 1:06 am #

    Does it make me a bad friend that I laughed out loud when I read the last few sentences and looked at the photos?!?!? 😘 Good times, good times. Jolene, I can totally relate to how you feel. I love summer and the easier pace. However I’ve never been the mom who is good with messes….and I need some alone time too. I think your list is a great reminder that summer should be about making memories and embracing the moment and the best way to do that is to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, so you can be the best mom you can be each day. 😊 I NEED to copy your list so I can be the best mom I can be!!!! It dawned on me the other day that I have 5 summers left until my daughter will be off to college and I want to make each one memorable-not sure how easy it will be with a teenager, but I’ll let you know 😉

  2. Bree June 24, 2016 at 1:52 am #

    Oh goodness! Glad you got the slime out! Loved reading this!! <3

  3. Jolene June 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Awww Heidi lol love reading your comment here! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment means a lot…and yes, I will need advice for those teen years! 🙂 have a great week!

  4. Jolene June 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks Bree!!! At least now I have the resources in case one of my kids slimes himself again 😂😂😂

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