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3 Good Things

Did you miss me yesterday?

After last week’s hectic yet wonderful Vacation Bible School mornings, I was decidedly lazy yesterday! But The Spin Cycle is still on for this week!

For the past couple of Sundays, our pastor has been encouraging us to list 3 blessings every day. Ed and Lily have been writing them down religiously 😉 . I, however, have not! What better place to write about my blessings than on my blog AND to use it as a Spin Cycle Prompt?

Just write 3 blessings!
Just write 3 blessings!

Share 3 good things that have happened to you this week OR you could even share 3 blessings for each day this week, Monday thru Friday. Just open your draft post every day and type in three things. By Friday, your blog post will be done!




 

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A 70’s Summer

When I was young, I still had my regular bedtime during the summer. That meant that I was in bed with the light streaming through the windows while I could hear my friends outside, still playing. Once I yelled out to them through my open window, but my mom, who used that time to garden, heard me. She immediately told me to get back in bed!

grandparents' house
Visiting my grandparents over the summer

We lived in a very small town of about 800 people. Our moms rarely arranged playdates for us; we just went to each other’s house and rang the doorbell. We had to stay on our side of the tracks, however. There was no class division about this rule; the tracks ran along the highway and it would have been too dangerous to cross the tracks by ourselves. One good friend lived out on a farm, so it was a special treat when her mom was in town and she rang our doorbell to play. But sometimes, it was just my sister and me, hanging out by the driveway because our mom had kicked us out of the house to play.

Some days it seemed so hot that we could see the heat radiating from the white, concrete driveway. We just couldn’t get up the energy to run around, and we would just sit there, pining for the popsicles we had just made that were still liquid in the freezer. On those hot summer barefoot days, the tar would bubble up from the blacktop roads and make black circles on the soles of our feet, which were impossible to scrub off in the bathtub.

Other days, we would ride our bikes to the park, which surrounded the water tower at the middle of town. It was always fun to ride around that circular road that circumvented the swings, merry-go-round, and teeter-totters. The teeter-totters were long and high at one end, and also very dangerous. I’m afraid I wasn’t very nice to my sister when I’d leave her hanging at the top and got off, letting her drop to the ground. She got me back a few time, and hitting the ground while sitting on a hard wooden seat hurts!

As the pastor’s family, farmers would bring us bushels of tomatoes, sweet corn and of course, zucchini. Mom would fry up bacon and we would have BLTs for dinner. I still love BLTs in the summer! As a kid, I hated corn on the cob. I just didn’t know how good I had it! I love BLTs and corn on the cob for a summer supper.

When we were allowed to stay up late, we would catch lightning bugs and put them in jars. My sister still chastises me when I call them fireflies. To us, they were always called lightning bugs!

What do you remember about summer?



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Summer Memories

Yesterday was the summer solstice; the first day of summer! This week for The Spin Cycle, I thought it would be fun to share some summer memories. What was summer like when you were little? Did you play outside all day until the street lights came on? Did you go with your family on a summer vacation? Did you have a favorite summer hang-out?

Slurpees on 7/11
Making summer memories

Write about a summer memory and link up here! I’ll share my summer memories on Friday.


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A Shift in Routine

At the beginning of the week, I was dreading our new lack of routine. It rained all day on Monday, and the weather forecast was horrible. We were beginning our first full week of no school. I had no concrete plans. Summer really throws me off.

public library
Rainy day at the library

So that morning, we went to one of my favorite places–the library! We don’t go to the library very often during the school year, because the girls check out books from their school library. For school, they have to read at a certain level and take Accelerated Reader tests on the books they read. They were so excited about the chance to pick out books that they wanted to read; books that weren’t at at certain reading level or that they didn’t have to take a test on. This summer, part of our routine is simply going to be to read!

Lily and Emmy coloring on the new white board wall in the Discovery Zone.
Lily and Emmy coloring on the new white board wall in the Discovery Zone.

Our routine seems to have been flipped around. We used to be busiest in the morning, with orchestra for Lily starting at 8:00, school starting at 8:50 and me having to get to work before 9:00. After I taught preschool, I would go to the gym, run errands or do some chores, and then I pick up the girls from school. Homework was the next priority, and then dinner had to be made. Our days seemed to fly by!

This week, we have been lazy in the mornings. Instead of our day revolving around school, it revolves around swim team. Both Lily and Emmy are in swim team this year. We had to convince Emmy that she was ready, and so far, she is doing great! I have to plan what dinner will be early in the afternoon, (I’ll be making a lot of Crock Pot dinners this summer) and then I take the girls to swim team at 4:30. I use that time to go the gym.

Lily at a swim meet last year.
Lily at a swim meet last year.

Ed’s routine has been to go to the gym after work. We never used to see each other at the gym. But now, we meet at the gym. I usually get there first, and it’s always a thrill to see him walk in the door. It seems like we’re meeting on the sly; like we’re having an affair even though we’re married! I think it must be because going to the gym is something we both like to do that has nothing to do with the kids. It just ours, me and him.

After exercising, I go pick up the girls from swim team. Lily’s age group isn’t finished until 6:30, and we go home to eat a dinner that’s later than we’re used to. The girls fall exhausted into bed from all that swimming, and Ed and I follow soon after.

The weather this week wasn’t as horrible as the forecast made it seem; the sun is shining right now and it looks like it will be a beautiful day. The girls had some spontaneous playdates with friends, swim team was only canceled once, the house is relatively clean, and I’ve managed to keep everyone fed. I’d judge this as a successful week!

What about you? Do you have a morning routine? A summer routine? A retirement routine? Or are you spontaneous and throw routines out the window? Share your routine or lack of routine with us!

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I Crave Routine

I woke up this morning feeling very vague and almost depressed. Preschool students will not be waiting for me this morning and I don’t need to take my kids to school. It’s been raining almost nonstop, and a lake is growing in my front yard (I’ll post a picture on Instagram). I just watched as the teen from down the street splashed through a huge puddle. She was on her way to work at the park district at the other end of the street, and I felt jealous that she had somewhere to be!

Coffee mug
Always part of my morning routine–COFFEE!

Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to having some free time to work on some projects and I’ll settle into a new routine…I think. I’ll write all about our new routines on Friday. What about you? Do you have a morning routine? A summer routine? A retirement routine? Or are you spontaneous and throw routines out the window? Share your routine or lack of routine with us!

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