Ahhh… The first day of summer vacation.
After a stellar year for the four McDonah kids (I’d be bashful to list all of their accolades and awards this year for fear of sounding like I’m boasting, but they worked HARD and it was noticed!) and a challenging year for each of their teacher parents, summer vacation couldn’t come fast enough.
The first day of summer vacation is probably our family’s second favourite day of the year, behind Thanksgiving.
We spent the day together as a family. Two-thirds of our guests were returning guests which was fun. After the day’s cleanup was finished, we did some gardening before all going to a neighbour’s house for a family-style celebration. We arrived home in time to welcome our new guests, and then had a swim to cool off. I rarely get in the pool as I chill easily. After much tormenting and teasing when I sat on a towel to take the family photo and wouldn’t get in with them, (There are guests coming in… It’s too cold… Somebody needs to be dry and dressed…) I surprised them all by uncharacteristically cannonballing in while still wearing my clothes. They couldn’t believe it and that action probably won’t be something they’ll soon forget- the first lasting memory of summer!
After supper, we had a fire outside, which my parents and Alex’s girlfriend joined us for. We played “Telephone” and “Truth or Dare” and then roasted marshmallows while waiting for the Canada Day fireworks. Some of our guests joined us.
As we settle in to our new routines of later bedtimes and unstructured days, I’m starting to feel myself relax and unwind.
I have made myself a number of promises for the next two months:
- spend at least one hour outside every day
- read for fun at least one hour every day, outside if possible (two birds, one stone?)
- take and post at least one photo on Instagram every day BelgraviaBB
- get back to blogging regularly
- start running again – or at least go for daily walks
- use all of the goodness growing in our garden
I think that’s enough… it is “vacation” after all!