The first weeks of the kids’ summer vacation have been stormy wet, with breaks now and again from a sweating sun making every strand of my middle child’s wavy hair curl up like a fiddlehead. A slow start and yet, I feel like I’m being dragged through this summer “vacation” by my children’s busy schedules: Little League baseball, swim practices, music lessons and martial arts.
I keep replaying a recent Facebook quote that a friend shared: “Have a 1970’s Summer”. For me having begun my life in that decade, that means lots of time playing in the backyard, riding bikes to the park and free-swimming (no lessons) at the community pool, all out from beneath the watchful eye of parents.
Have a 1970’s Summer means, “Go! Outside and play! Just be home in time for supper!”
Because, yes, it is indeed summer vacation for the children, but in-between all the taxiing here and there and back and forth, I must still get basic housework done: laundry, dishes, meals prepped, served and cleaned up. I’m not even talking about the big stuff: cleaning bathrooms, washing floors, dusting, vacuuming, ironing.
Just because school is out for the next couple of months doesn’t mean we stop eating. And some of us in this house would prefer to wear clean underwear. The rhythm of housework is what keeps me grounded throughout the scheduled summer chaos.
Lately we seem to be eating a fair amount of concession stand hot dogs and chicken fingers. Ugh. I really hate that last statement. But it’s true. Rarely have we been home long enough or early enough to enjoy a slow family meal together. The most we’ve done is plop down on the living room floor on a recent rainy late afternoon, watch a movie together and share some popcorn. Which, now that I think about it, was kind of nice.
And easy. Did you know you can make microwave popcorn in a regular brown paper sandwich bag? Just place a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels (no more, no less) into the bag, fold the top part down once or twice, and microwave for about a minute and twenty seconds. Just like the microwave popcorn you buy at the grocery store: stay nearby and listen. When the popping slows, you’ll know it’s done.
A special thank you to my friend, Kimberly Aimee, over at Badger Girl Learns to Cook at: http://learntocookbadgergirl.com/ for sharing this very simple, life changing tip!