Several years ago a family member blessed us with a Kayak pool. HUGE BLESSING! They were moving and the new owners didn’t want the pool so they needed to get it down and out of the yard. They asked us if we would like to have it so my family went and took it down and loaded pieces into a truck and brought it home. With the help of many different people and a huge labor of love we installed the pool on our own (no professionals, just family and friends).
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We don’t have a lot of luxury items and this pool has been such a joy to us.
Yesterday we were all out in the pool playing Marco Polo and other pool games and I thought how I really wanted to savor the summer!
The older I get (am in the 40’s now) the more I appreciate the smallest moments in life. I have learned to be a little more at peace when the storms come. When I was in my 20’s I would just freak out, now there is a calmer to my spirit. Don’t get me wrong, I would be lying if I said I didn’t ever worry or have fear (I certainly do) but overall I’m learning to savor! Time is moving so fast. Yesterday as I watched my 3 teens (2 over 6ft ) I just took them in and enjoyed!
I live in a place where you get to experience all 4 seasons! I love that. I get to see the budding of spring, the hot days of summer, the beauty of fall and the coziness of winter. Although my husband could easily move somewhere where it is hot all year I enjoy experiencing the different seasons. It brings some variety to our lives and we never know what each season will hold.
Of course, summer goes the fastest. I’m always looking for ways to slow it down (like I can:) and ways to get the most out of it! Thought I would share them with you!
Here are 10 Ways you can savor your summer!
Enjoy every moment!– Remember time is fleeting, take this from an older mom-it really does FLY. Wherever you are right now savor it, enjoy it, and participate in it. Don’t wish the time away. Don’t say, well next summer I will enjoy it. No matter what find ways to enjoy it, it doesn’t have to cost money.
Go outside– You may not have a swimming pool but enjoy the outdoors anyway. Go to a local pool with the kids, eat ice cream on the front porch, swing in that porch swing or hammock, climb a tree (if you can), sit in a baby pool with the kids (I did this for YEARS), this one is great for the whole family, and I would just get giddy every time we put up those plastic blow-up pools! If you struggle with depression, being outside lifts you so much (I have seen this in my own life). The sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Just be safe in it with plenty of sunscreen, water, and shade when needed.
Play with the hose– You and your kids will end up laughing and running around. Oh, the memories you will make!
Catch lightning bugs– help your kids catch them and put them in a well-vented jar and watch them light for a while before letting them go!
Stargaze– Put a big blanket in your yard or blow up mattress on your deck and watch the stars together – see if you and your kids or significant can name some of them.
Go for a car ride– everyone gets in and roll the windows down to enjoy the smells of summer and the warmth it brings – Go in the evening so it’s not too hot. Stop for a ice cream!
Take a nature walk– we live near a park with a big lake, we always see so many things on our walk. This is a great way to make conversations with your family or your walking partner.
Have a summer family night– We love family nights around here, having a special summer one can be a blast!
Make a summer treat– do homemade ice cream or even something simple like kool-aid in the ice trays (remember those) stick a toothpick in them before freezing and you have a fruit pop! Anything cold and good will do!!
Just Be Still– Really, just sit. Sit on that swing, on the porch, deck or wherever! Just sit and have conversations together. The front porch used to be used in our culture so much. Families would sit out there and chat with each other and the neighbors. They would play music or/and eat special goodies and just enjoy each other’s company. Encourage your family to do this more. I know it’s difficult with today’s electronic age but let your family know how important it is to you to just enjoy one another.
What are some things you are doing to savor your summer?
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