After surviving the hottest summer in the better part of a century, we’ve been enjoying some early fall-like weather. Everything we put off in June and July we’ve been doing in August. So yesterday when we woke up to a blissfully cool morning we decided to hit the zoo, something we had promised Caroline we would do this summer. We had a wonderful time including Caroline and David riding a camel! I was shocked when Caroline said she wanted to do it so happily plunked down the money in order to encourage her risk-taking.
When we got home from the zoo I put together my grocery list and went to Meijer. When I walked out of Meijer around supper time, I was greeted by a refreshing breeze and thought, “This would be a perfect night for baseball.” We had promised Caroline a trip to see the West Michigan Whitecaps (the Detroit Tigers minor league team) but hadn’t gone yet because of the oppressive heat. When I got home I checked online to see if they had tickets available and we went. We put away the cold groceries and left everything in the bags on the counters and just left. We got our box seat tickets cheap by bringing a church bulletin and then blew a ridiculous amount of money on food and snacks because I simply wanted to say, “Yes.” So Caroline enjoyed her first professional baseball game and we had a great time. The weather was PERFECT and it is very much a family-friendly atmosphere. I’m sure we’ll go again.
I look at my list of things I hoped to get done this summer and find that the vast majority of it never happened. I have a list of items I wanted to write/create and add to Yellow Cottage Media. None of them are done. I had blog posts I wanted to write, articles to send out for publication, and books to read/review. They all sit unfinished.
We did manage to get some painting and landscaping done around here, but not as much as I had hoped for (especially the painting.)
And I really don’t mind.
I made the decision part way through the summer that I could either get frustrated that I wasn’t getting things done on my professional to do list or I could enjoy my family and home. I opted for the enjoyment.
I only get one shot in life at enjoying summer with a five year old. This is it. And so I opted to enjoy and make memories.
So as I think about school starting next week (!) and how little I have planned, I’m tempted to feel a bit panicky. But the reality is I AM spending this time preparing for the school year. I’m making memories and developing strong bonds with my daughter. These “Yes” opportunities will allow me to have a better chance of being successful as I seek to disciple Caroline in the faith and teach her the academics she needs.
So my being scarce around these parts in recent weeks has been good. I’ve been enjoying life with my family, trying my best to be a “Yes” mom.
Is that the ice cream truck I hear?