Today officially starts Scott's summer vacation. At noon today he turns in his keys and doesn't have to worry about grading papers, calling angry parents or breaking up student fights for nearly 10 weeks. I know that he is looking forward to his vacation, and Robby has been excitedly chatting about having "Daddy home for summer."
Although I am glad that he is going to be home, it is going to require an adjustment. I am used to taking care of Robby by myself during the day. He and I have settled into a comfortable schedule, striking a balance between playing and working around the house. Although it is a lot of fun having Scott home, it certainly does impact my day to day activities.
I have vowed that this summer will be different from years past. This summer, we are going to tackle our ever growing "to do" list with gusto. This summer, we are going to split the cooking and the cleaning so that it is not my sole responsibility. This summer, we are both going to relax!
In addition to soliciting more help around the house, I am planning on using the time for personal growth, and I have set some summer goals. In an effort to hold myself accountable, I am declaring my intentions.
1. This summer I will continue to jog. I will not become discouraged by my slow speed. I realize that the only way I will continue to improve is to keep moving. I still do not enjoy running, but I do relish the time alone. I also appreciate the effect jogging has on my thighs and bum!
2. I am going to continue researching freelance writing opportunities. I have been accepted by a writer's forum which distributes writing jobs. I am going to complete at least one assignment by the Labor Day.
3. Since Robby was born I have been toying with an idea I have for a children's book. There are few books written on a child's level addressing a parent's or friend's amputation. I am going to try to fill this void.
4. Many times I invest so much time and energy into Robby and Scott that I forget to take care of myself. This summer, I am going to invest more time in myself. I am going to paint my fingernails, read novels and indulge in long baths without feeling guilty.
5. I am going to make a quilt out of my wedding dress and Robby's baby blankets. I have been sketching out the pattern for over a year. This is the summer I take out my scissors and get quilting.
I am looking forward to our family summer "staycation." We are going to have fun playing in the Buzz Lightyear sprinkler, going to the animal park and playing hide and go seek. Robby is already begging to sleep outside in his giraffe tent (I have decided that camping is a father/son activity) and he has been learning camping songs in preparation.
Life moves so quickly. Next summer Robby will be getting ready for kindergarten. The thought of him going to school brings tears to my eyes so I want to soak up every minute while he is still young. I look forward to all of the adventures that lie ahead. This summer will be our best yet.