Do you ever feel like everyone else besides you is having fun?
Do you ever feel like summer is slipping away, even though it has just barely started?
Do you ever feel like you're so focused on getting the things you need to get done that you forget about the things that you want to get done?
This has all been on my mind a lot lately. I've been waiting for summer since... last summer. I've been so anxious for its arrival, I feel like I've put so many things off because they seem so much easier in the summer. I kept telling myself that summer would be our time to have fun.
And now summer's here, and I don't feel any different. I don't feel like our family has enjoyed any of the wonderful things summer has to offer. And I have been panicking this week, because I feel like summer is almost over. I know that's totally irrational, but after Jayson gets back from Scout camp this week, I'll leave in two weeks for girls camp (plus a few prep days before), and then two weeks later we go to youth conference which is at my parents cabin (so add a few days at the cabin getting it ready). Then its AUGUST and things get busy again at J Dawgs. So really, we only have a few weeks to capitalize on all of the wonderful things of summer. Do you see my panic?
Last week at Weight Watchers they encouraged us to make a "want to" list instead of a "have to" list. This morning I embarked on such a project. I made myself a summer music playlist, took my music outside and sat under my tree and wrote. I made a "things I love about summer" list for myself and I started one for Jayson and Mae. We have to take summer into our own hands, or it will be gone and we'll still be missing out.
Here is my list:
*bocce ball (this is one of our favorite games. we have a set, and are up for playing whenever)
*listening to summer music (i'm doing that right now!)
*baseball games (I went to a couple innings of the orem owlz game and i can't wait to go back)
*happy hour at sonic (3-5 every afternoon. best slushes, period)
*swimming (i could do this everyday)
*hiking (anyone know any good hikes around?)
*mowing the lawn (i don't think jayson will let me mow our own lawn, so i'll have to mow elda's)
*THE CABIN (my parents and my grandparents)
*hot air balloons (bring on the freedom festival!)
*bike rides (we have two bikes and a bike trailer, so we're ready)
*parades (this one is set up for the fourth of july at the smoots. yes!)
*painted toenails (i need to take more initiative in this area. anyone want to go polish shopping?)
*homemade ice cream (i love the old crank style makers. anyone have one?)
*carnivals--ferris wheels (we missed art city days, and i'm so sad about it)
*outdoor concerts (august, listening to katy compete in the celebrity competition)
*evenings sitting outside my house (i could do this everyday)
*snow cones (i totally missed ella good last year, which is pretty sad because they're the best and they're only 50 yards from j dawgs)
*sunglasses (something funky this year)
*fireworks (one show never is enough. i want lots and lots of fireworks)
*vacation with my 2 fav's (j and mae, or course. our toronto trip was the best thing of last summer. chicago this summer?)
*corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon.... (i love summer produce)
*demolition derbies (thank you kirk and wasatch search and rescue)
*riding in a convertible car (anyone know where we could find one of these)
*camping (did we miss the ward campout?)
*flavored lemonade (ideally on the patio of red robin, eating a hamburger)
*bonfires (can't beat that smell)
I'm sure if I (a total yellow) struggle with this, you might be too. I know Joy is (she's made her list already). And I want us all to have a rocking summer.
So here's what I'm gonna do. If you do any of these things this summer, take a picture doing it. Put it on your blog (if you have one) under the title "ode to summer." Send me a copy of the picture (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll put it on my blog, and I'll send you a J Dawgs gift certificate (because that should be on everyone's list). If you make your own list, I'll send you a gift certificate too.
I want this summer to be unforgettable!
I want this summer to be unforgettable!