Whenever friends come in town it feels like permission to put responsibilities aside and just soak up all the goodness that is summer. My best friend lives in Greenville (SC) which is only about 2 1/2 hours away, so when we found our schedules aligned this past weekend, she and her fam came to spend it with us!
They arrived late afternoon on Friday and we immediately hopped on the boat to cruise to an early dinner at The Blue Parrot. They have a glorified sandbox out front, which kept the kids entertained while the adults chatted and sipped margaritas.
After dinner we slowly cruised back, allowing for some swimming breaks along the way.
We eased into Saturday with coffee on the porch while the kids ran around and played. Having other kids around is pretty similar to having a babysitter (minus all that responsibility and stuff) and the morning felt so relaxed. My friend, Kelly, and her family came over too which basically turned things into a full fledged party, complete with back porch dancing.
That night we grilled out and made s’mores, our summertime staple.
Then we washed the marshmallow off the kids by having them take a dip in the lake.
It really was such a wonderful summer weekend and I soaked in every minute. This summer has really been fun. We’ve filled our days so naturally that I haven’t even had to glance at our summer bucket list.
We’ve played putt-putt with friends.
We’ve spent the super hot days bowling (kids get a free game all summer long at George Pappas, local friends)
and playing name that spice at Healthy Home Market.
The girls are a sweet age, where we can play outside most of the day
with just water bottles and a snack here and there to sustain us.
PS- Jen brought me a Morning Glory Muffin from Sunflour Bakery and it totally lives up to the hype!
It’s been nice to have a more lax schedule all around before soccer and possibly gymnastics get added to our mix. Having music and tennis lessons just once a week has been perfect.
However as my facebook feeds fills up with more back to school pictures and the mornings feel a wee bit cooler, hints that summer won’t stick around forever are starting to show. The girls are in a camp together every morning this week and I’m using this time to organize the house, finish up our playroom renovation, comb through our first month of homeschool lessons (we will officially start after Labor Day), reorganize all my chaotic kitchen cabinets, and get the rest of my proverbial ducks in a row.
I know our schedule for fall will have to shift, so I’m testing out different ways to fit all my priorities into our fall days. This morning I set my alarm for 4:35 so I could make it to the express 5:00 am Burn Boot Camp class. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too hard to get up and having my workout and shower complete before I came to the computer at 6:00 am is pretty incredible. I’d love to try and keep it up. We’ll see how I’m feeling come 1:00 pm today though…
I suppose I should tie up my rambles. I’m still soaking up summer (we still have fun to come, including a concert with friends and a beach trip to Amelia Island!), but also want to feel prepared so when I’ll be able to watch Georgia defeat App State (knock on wood, knock on wood…) in peace instead of rushing to get ready for the first of school.
How’s your summer going?
What is your most favorite thing you’ve done so far?
What is left on your “must to this summer” list?