Please tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from having totally unrealistic expectations about what I’m going to be able to accomplish over the summer months! When my kids were little and the summer days involved running through sprinklers, blowing bubbles, hours spent at the park and praying that I could make it to naptime without falling over from exhaustion, I imagined that the summer days with teenagers would mean I would have unlimited time to check projects off of my list and lay around reading a good book with an iced tea in my hand.
Those of you who have had or who currently have teenagers know just how hilarious that is. Because having teenagers out of school in the summer months means a lot of time spent coordinating their schedules and running them hither and yon. Consequently, I have very few home related projects to share with you these days.
BUT, one thing I have managed to do was switch out the mirror above the side table in our kitchen dining area!
Here’s how it looked with the old mirror.
And, here’s the new one! I wanted something with a thinner frame and a lighter, brighter look. I was so happy to find this one at Target!
It’s always amazing to me how such a simple change can make such a big difference and it only took a few minutes to make it happen.
With the month of August knocking on our door, I’m no longer trying to see how many projects I can complete or items I can check off my list. Although I did manage to throw out all of our expired medicines! That’s an accomplishment, right?
Instead, I’m focused on relishing every little chunk of time we get together as a family. Every spontaneous trip to get ice cream, every bike ride, every dinner eaten outside on the deck after my son gets off of work.
Because at this stage of life, I know that it’s going so very quickly and we have so few summers left to just enjoy having our kids at home. So, the projects will wait and my expectations will become more realistic and even though my kids don’t want to play in the inflatable pool anymore (go figure!), I will cherish every single moment I get with them. And maybe, just maybe, I can convince them to run through the sprinklers with me at least one more time!
I hope you are having a fantastic summer dear friends!
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