Thursday, May 24, 2012

Endings....and Beginnings!

The school year is ending and I couldn't be happier.  : )  We are so looking forward to summer!  And while I know that it is technically almost a month away, summer begins for us this weekend.  For the first time EVER, my kids get out of school before Memorial Day Weekend!  This is thanks to the mild winter we had this year and having no snow days. 

Looking forward to many days like this:
 (Think we need a bigger pool?  : ) )

Unfortunately, our school system is choosing to begin the new school year earlier and earlier each year.  When I was in school, the first day was always the Tuesday after Labor Day.  When my two older kids were in school, it began the week before Labor Day.  Now it is starting the middle of August, with the 16th being the start date for the upcoming school year.  Not gonna pretend to like that

But for now we're going to enjoy the warm summer days of softball tournaments, splashing in the pool (a larger one than what's pictured above!) and, later on this summer, a week of sand and surf.  We'll relax on the front porch swing, sipping iced tea, reading a good book (or two...or ten) and complaining that it's just too darn hot!  And summer evenings will find us sitting around the backyard fire ring, the kids' smiles rimmed in melty chocolate and marshmallows. 

Fireflies will be caught, Spotlight will be played and much stargazing will be enjoyed.  

Does it get any better?

I think not.

Life, my friends, is good.  : )