Everyone Needs A Ditch Day

I’ve been patiently waiting for summer vacation. Well maybe patient is not the word. I’m getting as grumpy and whiny as my kids. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that they are in school until June 25th. It’s rather depressing. They do nothing but clean out their desks and watch movies the last week of school. I’m basically just sending them to a babysitter every day. I’m sick of packing lunches and dealing with the homework battle. Summer is just a bit more carefree and easy. A little slack in the schedule.

I decided I would surprise the kids with a “ditch day” today. They were thrilled and it was fabulous. I had a quick meeting this morning and then we went to the zoo. Usually it’s just the baby and I touring the zoo, but the brothers came with us today. I must say, I think he enjoyed it even more. It was blissful. No arguments and they were so kind to one another. I never had to raise my voice. Not once. It was wonderful. I even let them each spend $10 in the gift shop. Something I NEVER let them do.

Ditch day with the kids

We followed up the zoo with some pool time with the whole family when daddy got home from work. Everyone was fed, showered, and in pjs by 6! Yet again, not a single argument. I rewarded them a movie night in my bed. Summer days…just so much easier. Even the dog is snoring right now. I think we’ll be making end of the year ditch day an annual thing in our household. So much fun and they truly think I’m a rock star right now. Mommy points!


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pool dog

Hope you all survive that last few days of school…although I’m pretty sure the majority of the country is out of school already.


My Baby Graduated

I must say, this was a difficult one. I was fine with the first two little preschool graduates, but this being the baby…it was bittersweet. I rejoiced when I wrote that final tuition check in April. Six years of paying for preschool had come to an end. The realization that I would never be back at this little school just made me sad.

As I watched my little man walk across the stage all handsome with a big smile on his face, my heart swelled. Then he raised that diploma high for all to see. I immediately thought of The Breakfast Club. The end scene when Judd Nelson throws his fist up in the air. I just hope Finn’s future doesn’t hold many detentions.

judd nelson

I know I’m going to blink and it’s going to be high school graduation. I think that’s my greatest fear. It all goes by way too fast. I wish there were some way to slow it down, but unfortunately the only thing to do is embrace every single moment. Even those moments when I want to pull my hair out and down an entire bottle wine. Here’s to Kindergarten!

preschool grad


Top 25 Loves of Summer

Top 25 Loves of Summer

Wow, Memorial Day weekend is here! I’ve been counting down to Memorial Day since October. This winter was brutal here in the northeast. I felt like it would never end. I dread winter. I’m good for one snowfall and I’m done. Having Raynauds doesn’t help. I feel like we’ve been in hibernation forever! At last, the windows are open and the kids are playing outside without hats and mittens. There are so many things about the summer that I just love. Here’s my top 25 (in no particular order…well, except for #1)

  1. No homework! (no whining)
  2. No packing lunches every night
  3. Longer days, more sunlight
  4. Not being frozen
  5. Ice cream
  6. Not bundling up for a run
  7. Thunderstorms
  8. The beach and sand between my toes
  9. Family hikes
  10. Impromptu water fights
  11. Sound of kids playing outside
  12. Colorful clothes
  13. Flip flops
  14. No shoveling
  15. Grilling
  16. Sunday Funday poolside
  17. Campfires
  18. Outings with friends
  19. Feeling the heat of the sun on my skin
  20. Scuba diving
  21. Playing in the rain
  22. No boots, hats, and mittens
  23. Everything is green
  24. No piles of school notices and dates to remember
  25. No school fundraisers

What are your favorite things about summer?