Summer kickoff

So, summer is kicking off and if today is any indication, it’s going to be FANTASTIC.

First, after a family breakfast of pancakes and scrambled eggs, I insisted that John and I get online and determine where exactly we were going to stay for vacation. The destination has been set for over 3 months–my uncle is getting married in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Little Miss G is the flower girl. I’ve been wanting to take a mountain vacation for about 5 years now, but it was never feasible. So we decided to let this wedding be our excuse to take a much needed, long overdue family vacation. I’ve driven through the edge of the Smokies on my way to Florida numerous times and have always thought they were beautiful. So, we found a mountain resort and booked the reservation–all before noon! Seven glorious days in our own private, 2 bedroom cabin. Even better, the resort has several great amenities that are perfect for a family with younger kids–swimming, putt-putt golf, a playground, private picnic areas, hiking trails, and the one that has Little Miss G most excited–fishing! She loves fishing with her “fishing wand.” We haven’t been on a vacation in 3 years so I am very excited.

Despite our delay in getting out and enjoying the (finally) glorious weather, once we got out, we never came back inside. No joke. Lunch was eaten outside, snacks were taken outside. Super L skipped her nap and it didn’t even show. We played ball, drew on the driveway, explored the backyard. The girls found two frogs, and our neighbor, Nicole, found a snake. No word on whether it was our visitor from earlier this spring. She was mowing the grass and said she thought it was a stick and almost picked it up before she realized what it was. After she finished mowing, she and Mark aired up their kiddie pool and invited Super L and Little Miss G to swim. They have a 1 year old daughter, and we practically share backyards anyway.  So Nicole and I spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out in “our” yard watching the kids swim, and the guys did some yard work. Their patio was swim-central, and ours was set up for dinner. It’s so awesome to have people to hang with and it’s not even like you have to entertain. Everyone is just home… chilling out… and it just so happens there’s some cool people to hang out with who live, like, 20 feet away and are doing the exact same things. The girls run back and forth between our yards and houses. Usually when we grill out with them, we don’t even plan a menu, we just bring whatever we already have and share. It’s way beyond nice to have people like that around.

Then, as if that isn’t enough, there was ICE CREAM for desert. Need I say more? But wait! There IS more…

The girls, as usual, were eager to take their baths. What’s unusual is that there was no crying or arguing when it was time to get out. I think they were both just beyond pooped. Super L put her pull-up on, wrapped her damp town around herself and crawled up in my lap. She was asleep within 3 minutes. I mention this as a highlight because I rarely get to be SL’s bedtime snuggler.. That is Daddy’s job and I better not ever forget it. She has made that abundantly clear over the last few months. So tonight’s snuggliness and subsequent crash into dreamland was a special treat that I relished for about an hour before I put her to bed.

And to top it all off: Tomorrow is the last day of school. Tomorrow is that pointless 30 minute day in which students pick up their report cards and leave. That’s it. I’ll be in and out in less than 60 minutes. Woo-hoo!

There are only two minor things of concern right now. One, we’ve been getting lots and lots of black ants in the house this last week. I think it’s because the ground is so saturated from the massive amounts of rain we’ve had, that their underground homes are flooded, so they figure they might as well live in my house. Ick! It’s nothing that a good exterminator can’t handle, so that appointment will be made pronto. I would’ve done it sooner, but I didn’t realize until this weekend how bad it was getting. Usually a little bit of Raid does the trick, but this year I think we need to step it up a bit.

The second little bummer, and it could become a BIG bummer, is that our air conditioner isn’t working very well, and thus, we’ve kept our windows open most days and every night (and it’s been very comfortable). But I’m worried this could mean biiiiiig bucks. And seeing as how we’ve just booked ourselves for a week at a very nice resort, I’m really hoping we don’t have to replace an AC unit right now. But, if we do, it would just figure. Just when you get some breathing room in your budget (like an economic stimulus package and no babysitting fees for the summer) there’s always some unforeseen glitch.

Oh well, it’s summer and life is really really good. Not gonna worry, and not gonna complain.


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