A Real Summer Break

A Real Summer Break

Wow! I have not posted in a while. That is the type of summer it had been. I unintentionally took a real summer break from blogging – among other things. And the weather did not help. I had so many plans, but the blazing heat changed them all. Twas then that creativity sank in. As a lover of the outdoors, I had planned to visit many of the parks and hiking trails that Georgia has to offer. But…NOPE! Twas too hot for my darling 5 year old. Instead, we spent hours at the pool and indoors.

What a blast we had. As a family man I loved spending every moment with her. However, though she loves me very dearly, she asked to see her cousins and other family members often. I know, right?! Who doesn’t want to spend the entire summer with me? I am so fun!

In reality though, the fun dad factor missed a beat every once in a while. Who knew how exhausting the combination of homemaking and parenting could me. Growing up I always told myself that my kids would love me because I would be overwhelmingly fun. That is indeed the case, but I my energy started fading this summer.

real summer graphicFor almost a year I have been a homemaker and stay-at-home dad.

NEWSFLASH: Homemakers need to be celebrated.

Being a homemaker and stay-at-home parent are two full-time jobs. I see why homemakers ask for their fair share in divorces. It is no joke. The work never stops; you just have a decide to take breaks and leave some things until you get to them.

Here is a list of what does not stop:

  • Laundry
  • Dishes
  • Groceries
  • Cooking
  • Meal prep
  • Cleaning
  • Cleaning again
  • Shopping
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Commuting
  • Quality time with family
  • Quality time with friends
  • And etc.

And by the way, each of these has a more detailed list attached to them.real summer graphic 2

All of this responsibility, which I enjoy by the way, drained me time and time again during the summer. During the school year, its easier for me to do all of that and get rest before picking Eden up from school. I have all the energy in the world stored up to have a blast with her after school and my wife after work. Tis an art to manage it all. Ha ha! One cannot manage it all. Anyway, that’s what filled our summer before our annual family vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida.

Eden in the AtlanticThis year, Eden’s face beamed with more joy than ever. Knowing that it was finally time to head to the beach was an exuberance she could not contain. From the time we awoke to leave to the last day of vacation she was in bliss. I had never seen her so happy. I could totally relate though. Growing up, we all looked forward to Daytona Beach vacations. Twas a unique experience that I realize now was even more unique. Our family (aunts, uncles and cousins included) was so close that we spent almost every day of the year together. Going on vacation together was a bonus. And that’s what Eden now relishes in. The bond we share on vacation is quite special.

But now we’re back and almost into the third week of school. I’m so looking forward to a more outdoor summer next year. How was your summer?

Enjoy Life!

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