Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Summertime: pick your battles

It is not that I don’t like summer. I do. There are many great things about the sunny season. Relaxed schedules, vacations, and a nice, long break from my business travel. We call the hot months "Mexican Beer" season, so there's that, too. 

But there is also a mixture of humidity and sweat and rear-facing car seats and hot, black-top asphalt that I truly despise. There are every-day swim lessons and sunscreen and never-ever the option to skip a bath day. There are tourists and crowds, and sometimes I just want to do my grocery shopping in a store that doesn’t look like it’s filming some type of Duggar Family/Real World mashup.

There are probably more things that I dislike about summer than things I love about it, but nevertheless, it is upon us. Here in the south, summer officially begins when it is time pack away all boots except the rain galoshes. And when you need to start leaving your car (and thus, your air conditioner) running while you go inside to pick up the kids from school.

Summer officially began for me yesterday; and, despite what I have said about the upcoming hot months … I could not be more excited.

I am excited about summer for one simple reason:  I no longer have to fight the “for-the-love it is 40 degrees outside – you cannot wear that” battle with my oldest. That girl is a twirly-dress loving princess, and getting her to wear leggings and a jacket in the winter is like the end of the ever-loving world. 

So, summer time for me is one less battle to fight. I buy out every child-sized maxi dress Target has to offer and let her pick the one she wants to wear each day. Yay for summertime … and for one less parenting battle.

{On another note, I bought 2 of the 5 dresses from the Girls section instead of the toddler section, so I am thinking of popping open that wine cube a little early today. Big girl sizes plus the fact that SHE, not Mommy or Daddy, but my girl who was just a teeny-tiny 6-pound baby yesterday (I am sure it was just yesterday) read our bedtime story last night. And preschool graduation is mere weeks away. Yes, wine cube is certainly on the horizon of this ‘second night of summer’ …}

10 comments:

  1. Summer here in Texas is a love/hate thing. It gets so hot some years that I can barely stand it. I like the first month and a half of the heat and then I'm just done. Unfortunately it doesn't cool off until September. Thank goodness for air conditioning..

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    1. I agree! September is the worst. Maybe because we think it should be cooling down by that time ... but it was still so hot mid-October last year!

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  2. I live in Alabama, so I feel your pain when it comes to the hot summer months. It is definitely heating up around here for sure, but the part I struggle with is the humidity. It's so rough. It won't cool off until October, but I must admit, I am pretty ready to have my baby, so that is one positive for this year! :)

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    1. Congratulations to you! Having a baby is definitely a positive! Hopefully it won't be too hot for you!

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  3. I just recently moved back home to Ga from Wisconsin and I am looking forward to not having to have that battle with Sydney every day too! It sounds like our girls are the same age! :-)

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    1. Pick a dress. Any dress. Mom does not care! As long as we don't have to fight about it ... anything goes! :)

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  4. Yes, I remember living in San Antonio and it was like, if you went somewhere in the summer you basically went from you air conditioned car to the air conditioned store to your air conditioned home. I'd go for walks with a fan attached to the stroller and ice packs placed around my baby. :)
    And yeah, why do our kids just keep growing?!

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    1. We bought one of those car seat covers that is supposed to reduce the heat absorbed from a hot car. I'm thinking ice packs might work better!

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  5. You're just now moving out of the toddler sizes? I'm so jealous! Big kid clothes are so expensive, and we've been in them two seasons now!

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    1. Yep! 5T ... she's tall and skinny. And I shouldn't complain too much. One of the dresses I bought was a 4T (although Circo has always run big). Big kid clothes are more expensive, but I try to use the Cartwheel app and only buy things on sale.

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