This weekend officially ushered in the start of Summer 2014. I can’t tell you how I look forward to sounds and smells of the season including the aroma of freshly mowed grass, the symphonic melodies of the cicadas in the low-hanging oak trees, or the feel of the sun on my face when I join my dog to hang my head out of the minivan window on the way to the grocery store.
It also reminds me that I only have five summers left with my girls. Just five more until they grow up and go off to college. Sure they will come back, but we both know it won’t be exactly the same. Until then, I plan to milk it for all it’s worth. I’m an old school mom who know that these times are precious and that I want to make every moment count – every moment before and after these fleeting five summers. Although my hubby and I may not be able to leave the girls a big fat inheritance or give them lots of fancy things right now, what we CAN give them are “experiences.” We can give them “us,” our time, our love and sweet, sweet memories. And best of all, we can do all cooped up in a minivan for “51 fun-filled hours” across the United States as we embark on an adventure of creating intentional family time, a closer bond and a shared exploration in the wonder of nature and culture. It’s not first time, mor the last, but it’s our time now to celebrate the blessing of the beginning and (the end) of the beautiful summers together. Happy Trails!