The darker mornings and cooler weather seems to have some of us in a panic that summer is almost over. Good news, you have the entire month of August! Its just a matter of deciding what you are going to do with it?
This summer has been different then last year for my family and myself. Last summer was full of competition with almost every weekend a half marathon, triathlon, 5K runs, mud runs, color runs, glow runs, you name it! and every Friday or Saturday night of that weekend was packing up clothes, helmets, snacks, pumping up bike tires, hydrating, etc. I was running my best I ever had, we were winning our sprint triathlon relays, I was strong, lean, happy with my body weight, and TIRED. My family was my biggest fans; making signs and riding bike on the courses to cheer me on, making signs for the runs, helping pack and hardly ever missing a chance to be at the finish line.
This summer I have slowed down. Not taking enough time to rest has forced me to ease up on the competitions this year and has given me muscle fatigue more then a 31 year old should feel at this age. And I am okay with it! I have enjoyed watching Dale and Iris compete and being the one at the finish line cheering. It has also given us that precious family time together that we all need. I encourage you to take a look at your calendars and plan out some time together as a family, something for yourself, and some time with your significant other. Your time is one of the most valuable things you can give someone. You define what makes you happy and what happiness is. What do you want to accomplish in August that would make you a happier person? My happiness is coming home after a late evening to a home cooked dinner on the table with my husband and daughter waiting at the table with no TV, phones, or computers. Just us and 30 minutes to talk. It couldn’t get any better.
What are your August plans?
Need some ideas? Here are a few ideas my family has done so far. Don’t panic, you still have plenty of time! Some of the most memorable and fun family time wasn’t spent during a big vacation get away. We have shared the most laughs and conversations just having some quiet minutes to ourselves.
1. Bike Rides
2. Tennis. Iris has been taking lessons this summer. It has been a lot of fun going to the courts together helping iris and Dale and I getting in some game time.
4. Swimming. Local pools or beaches, we have enjoyed it all. Pack a lunch and make it a picnic experience as well.
5. Fishing. Watching Iris cast her barbie fishing pole and catching nothing has been been a ton of fun. Her face lights up and she is so proud of herself. We also have a salmon charter fishing trip planned for August. Its always an early morning but so worth it to reel in that big fish and spend time with some of the most important men in my life.
7. Runs. We have all competed this summer. Iris has a natural love for running and Dale and I ran his first half marathon together.
8. Parks. Bike, run, or walk to a new park. Its a great change up of an old routine.
9. Farmers markets
10. Horse back riding
11. Water parks
13. Chicago.Its hard to run out of things to do while in Chicago!
14. Mallards and Brewers Games
15. Concerts on the square. This is been one of the best quality times for us. A great local evening out for Dale and I and also a scenic relaxing space for all three us to play board games and have dinner together without distractions.
17. Picnics on our living rooms on cold days. Family time doesn’t have to be a huge planning event!
Unplug! Amber and I have both dedicated this summer to our families and making memories for our kids and ourselves. You would be surprised how many minutes a day we spend on our phones, surfing the internet, “catching up” on facebook, watching TV, etc. All of these minutes add up and are precious moments we could be giving to our families. I have discovered Google Plus as a way to share pictures with my family and also to add descriptions of what the event was for Iris to have as an online photo album she can look back on. As much as I love facebook to keep family and friends in the loop what we are up to, I have dedicated more of my time to putting these memories in a book for Iris and spending more time talking to family and friends about what is new in our lives instead of posting it.
Make a summer “TO DO” list. We have had fun the last few summers making a list of things we want to do with Iris’s input. It doesn’t have to be big things! A trip to a new ice cream place together, planting flowers or a garden, sitting outside and looking at the stars, etc. There is still plenty of time to plan we just have to make the time to do it. I will bet that everyone will remember those memories for a very long time.
“Today’s little moments become tomorrow’s precious memories.”