We’re just kicking off our last day of summer vacation and I have to say that this was one of the best! We’ve completely lucked out with perfect summer weather, allowing lots of fun times on the water, out to eat, and just chilling in our rooms.
I always think I have a really good handle on who my kids are, but each of them surprised me this week with a little something I didn’t know.
Grace, 18: Who knew that it was completely new information to Grace that even paper napkins go on your lap? She told me that in all her life she has never, ever put a paper napkin in her lap. How did I never notice this? What else do I need to teach her before she leaves for college in six weeks?
Eddie, 17: He hasn’t even officially started his varsity football season for this school year and he’s already making plans for what spring sport he’d like to do as second-semester senior. On the table…wrestling or swimming. I almost think wrestling makes more sense since he’s never taken a swimming lesson in his entire life! I love the guts but slightly question the thought process.
Leo, 14: Apparently, trail mix is the perfect pre- and post-meal snack. In the five days we’ve been gone, he has polished off two family-sized bags in addition to the stash he packed in his suitcase. I’ll never have to worry about Leo being lost because he’ll always be able to leave himself a trail to follow to get home.
Annie, 13: Annie’s 11-step skincare regimen is quite famous as she cleanses, exfoliates, tones, and moisturizes. But what I didn’t know is that she has magically trained her skin to just absorb the sun. Yes she uses sunblock and a few squeezes of lemon here and there, but this child has effortlessly turned the most carmelly color. My older daughter threatened to make her stay in our hotel room until we caught up in the tanning game, but that just seemed cruel, mostly because with my German/Irish skin, it could never happen. (Annie is also currently obsessed with pistachios, which has benefited the rest of the family greatly when we’re hungry!)
Jimmy, 10: There has never been a more go-with-the-flow child than our caboose Jimmy. He is as happy to play Fortnight in our hotel room, pick-up basketball at the Fitness Center, or tubing off the boat. But nothing quite made me smile more than when he found a plastic water gun at the pool and he made his Fortnight game come to life. It made his day! Who needs real toys when you can make believe with someone else’s castoffs? So. Much. Fun!
Sometimes it’s just awesome to be a mom who gets to sit back and observe her kids in their elements. How lucky am I?
Have a super Friday!