When Your Summer Siesta Is More Like a Summer Sprint.

When Your Summer Siesta Is More Like a Summer Sprint.

I look forward to summers.

As a homeschool mom, summer is the time of year where there is more stuff for my school aged kids to do. It’s that time of year when my kids can join in with all of the other kids to do kid stuff during the day.  

Imagine. I get a break during the summer time.

It’s not that I don’t love my kids or enjoy teaching them at home.  It’s simply I’ve learned that part of being healthy mentally and physically when there are health challenges in your home is making time for yourself.  If you want to read more about that I’m blogging about it over at FortheFamily.org today.

Straight talk? If I send my kids to camp, I get to be in my house a-l-o-n-e.

Because of the glut of activities, people and programs who are poised to take the money of moms and dads all over the world, I have options. Here and there I sign the kids up for an activity or two. But better yet, I scavenge for all of the free stuff that miraculously appears during the summer months that allow me to take nap here and there my kids to have a blast.

joel computer camp

Don’t judge me just yet.  I do want to be a good mom.  Lest I end up creating over-scheduled kids, I normally strive for plenty of down time and threaten my kids with tons of housework if they dare to tell me that they are bored.

joel dishes

It usually works.

I’m a firm believer in reading lots of books and staring at the clouds. Riding bikes and drinking from the water hose. Rediscovering board games and playing make believe.

But somehow this summer hasn’t turned out like I thought it would.

My intentions of more lazy days with a sprinkling of breaks for mom activities for the kids, hasn’t turned out as planned.

We’ve been on the go. Track meets and family camp. Play dates and errands. Video games while Mommy gets work done.  Fast food instead of discovering new family favorite recipes. And not quite as much reading as I’d hoped for.

boys track

We haven’t even graced the threshold of a library.

I stand ashamed.

My summer siesta has been more like a summer sprint.

Summer Spring

But I was reminded today as I watched my six year old, sucking a homemade popsicle on the back porch, that the summer is not over. It’s not too late to savor the summer and snatch a second here and there to create a memory that will last a long time.

It’s not too late to don our pajamas and stay up late listening to an audiobook.  It’s not too late to take a few more trips to the lake at sunset or to ride our bikes down the spill way.  It’s not too late to try a new recipe, invite friends over, or enjoy an afternoon making up games with rules that change by the second. It’s not too late to enjoy another sunset or to watch the moon settle into the night sky.

joe pool


pine cove moon

I planned for my summer to be more of a siesta and it’s been more of a sprint.

But it’s not too late to slow it down a tad.

It’s not too late for me to play Uno one more summer, with one more kid, with one more variation, even though I’ve been playing Uno for what seems like an eternity.

pine cove uno

It’s been good for me to enjoy a break here and there this summer but I have to say that I’m reminded it’s just as good for me to make memories – even if it’s at a snail’s pace.

Reenacting my original idea of a slower summer siesta doesn’t mean that I quit working or that we halt all activities or that I’m making muffins every morning from scratch.

making bran muffins

However it does mean that I desire to live with a heightened level of intentionality so that I don’t miss the moments, lose the lingering, or pass the precious people I love too fast.

Taking a summer siesta a little slower simply means that I get to enjoy the remaining days in a different way.

A more intentional way.

A more purposeful way.

And I’m looking forward to it.


What about you?  

How has your summer been so far?  

Anything you want to do more or less of as the summer draws to a close?

Don’t forget to stop by FortheFamily.org and check out my post!


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  1. Shawnna July 17, 2015 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Hey girl- Great post!! My sister has 3 boys (11,9 and 5) I’m sure she would agree with you about being so busy! have faith and enjoy your kids while they are small! Time goes by so fast! God bless you and your family!

  2. Myriam July 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Summer? What’s that? I am still looking forward to it with school starting on 8\11 for my high schooler.

  3. Connie Boyd July 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Nailed it for me. Down to the comment on not even getting to the Library yet…when my daughter is dying to recheck one of her favorites! And, I’m not a go-go-go kind of person either! Today was supposed to be our ‘jammy’ day for the week and I ended up cleaning out the toy room and rearranging it 🙂 Thank you for the encouragement to stop and change NOW! my girls could use some intentional mom time, and I could use some ‘just stop’ time as well.

  4. Bec July 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    My sister is soon moving from being 3 hours away to being 11 hours away. She asked if there was a time we could get our families together before she moves. I have only two partially unscheduled days for her to choose from at the end of July. That’s it. I think that pretty much sums it up.

    • Chrystal Hurst July 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      Yup! I completely get that.

  5. Tona July 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Summer has quickly flown by for me. I am a high school teacher and I have already started to feel a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach because its almost over. The getting up later, getting things done around the house, going to the store and appointments during the day, trips, and just an over all relaxed feeling is about to be over. I can start complaining about how fast it has gone by or I can start to Savor all the precious moments I have left. I can enjoy the night time walks, breakfast in the kitchen instead of my car, and playing UNO with husband which is my favorite game. I will continue to enjoy each one of these precious gifts from God and Thank Him for each and everyone of them.

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  7. Erica August 13, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Yes. This was much needed as summer closes and we approach our last road trip until school starts in 2weeks. What a Sprint it has been. Love your Blog already!!

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