“This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.” — Nicholas Sparks
I started this summer with a post about how I wanted to enjoy the “summer of Shep and Beau” by being carefree, relaxed and a little less, well, me. I wanted to let go of the overscheduling, the busyness, the chaos and enjoy this time with them. At 3 and 1, they are crazy and energetic and truly the light of my life. This summer was exhausting, but likely the best summer I’ve ever had. I didn’t expect to close this summer feeling so sad to let it go, but I do.
I’ve said it before, but when you live somewhere with seasons, you end up having to say goodbye to the best parts of them. I didn’t realize this until this summer. When we lived in Florida, it was summer all year long except maybe a few months, so the party just kept on coming. But the difference was it never felt special (wahh, wahh I know). But it’s true. It was hard to savor and enjoy when you knew it wouldn’t end.
But that’s not the case here in Columbus. Summer — you were beautiful, you were special and you taught me the beauty of slowing down.
Here were the 10 things we loved most about this summer:
- Playing with friends at the New Albany Aquatic Center
- Lazy afternoons playing in the backyard
- Relaxing at the NACC pool (yes, at times with an adult beverage in hand)
- BBQs with neighbors that went way too late
- Exploring the Delaware Dinosaur Park & Splash Pad
- July 4th parade
- Meeting baby Finn in Memphis
- Farmers markets in downtown New Albany
- Playing at Blendon Woods Natural Play Area
- Random wine happy hours with friends on the back patio
- Picking out fresh peonies at Red Twig Farm
- Afternoons at the zoo (Shep even got up the courage to touch a snake!)
- Blueberry muffins on park benches
- My girls trip to Quebec City
- Playing with daddy’s dinosaurs
- Eating ice cream cones on the patio
Thankfully, we are now looking forward to our first family Disney vacation the first week in September so it doesn’t feel like is summer is completely over until then even though the big kids are in school! We’re planning on three days in the parks, so I know it will be an equally wonderful and exhausting way to wrap up our summer.
So since I try my very best to always look on the bright side of things, here are 5 parts about fall I am beyond excited for:
- Apple picking at Lynd Fruit Farm
- Pigeon Roost Farm Fall Festival & Pumpkin picking
- Raking and jumping in the leaves
- Crisp fall mornings that call for an extra cup of coffee
- Football Saturdays
This summer taught me that it’s not about how many events you do, what vacations you go on or how perfectly your kids behave. It’s about how all of those days add up in your heart. If you are left feeling content and joyful when you look back on the season with your family, that’s just wonderful. My hope is that we can savor every season like we did this one.
What was your favorite summer memory with your family?
On to the linkup!