I don’t know about y’all, but summertime is my favorite time of the year. It just brings a smile to my face. I love all of the smells of summer, but my absolute favorite smell of summertime is sunscreen on my babies.
I pretty much grew up on the boat during the summer. As soon as school was out, we would load up the RV and head to the lake. My Nanee and Pop would be right behind us in their motor home as well. We would spend weeks at a time boating, tubing, skiing, swimming, and always eating great food. My Nanee rarely went out on the boat with us, but she was always waiting with a smile on her face and a spread of food for us to eat so we could have our tummies full and hit the lake again. She loved that she could provide a meal that everyone enjoyed. She always had something for everyone. Sweet pickles for my sister and dill for my brother, a homegrown tomato sliced up for my Pop, cucumbers and onion for my mom and aunt and dessert (my absolute favorite) was always awaiting. We would go all day and then play games late into the night while sitting on the patio with the smell of charcoal in the air.
One of the most difficult transitions I have had to make since August 19, 2011- the day this all began, is that I am now a working mama!
I earned my degree in interdisciplinary Studies (a degree that allows me to teach Pre-K through 4th grade) in May 2008 and started teaching 4th grade that August. During my first year of teaching I found out I was pregnant with Spencer and he was due the next June. After he was born I went back to teaching. I was a working mama, and it was fairly easy to balance. I had a set schedule and knew what each day would hold for the most part. I taught the first year after Spencer was born and then decided I really wanted to stay home with him.