|Breakfast: eggs and tomatoes from the farmer's market topped with fancy salts.|
My kids only have four and a half weeks of school until summer vacation. That hardly seems possible when some parts of the country are still seeing snow, but it has been hot and humid and gross here for a while now, so yes. Summer is coming!
A few weeks ago P and I sat down to make our summer vacation plans. Working around son C's summer band schedule and some possible upcoming business travel for P, we decided that early June would be the best (okay, only) time to go on an inexpensive little family trip. We kicked around a few ideas: New Orleans? That's only a day's drive away and the kids and I have never been there. Maybe drive a few hours more and visit P's brother and our niece on the gulf coast of Alabama? Son C really wants to go out on his uncle's boat one of these days. What about one of the beaches here in Texas? We went to Padre Island last summer and had an absolute blast. Or maybe West Texas? Or Arkansas? A long day's drive could take us any number of places for a relatively cheap week-long vacation. The possibilities were endless. We decided to table the destination discussion for a couple of weeks, see what the rest of the extended family was doing and what the kids wanted to do.
You know what comes next, right?
Yeah. P did our taxes.
And then daughter H expressed a keen desire to go to a particular film acting camp here in town.
And then we realized C had just turned 15 and if he was ever going to take driver's ed, which is not taught in the schools here, it would have to be this summer before band starts.
Aaaand ... there went all the days we had blocked out on the calendar for a vacation. And all the money we had available to spend on it. (See also: Mother's Day. I've been told to expect a nice card. I asked P to throw in some coffee and donuts and the expectation that I would not be cooking or changing out of my pajamas all day, and he agreed, and we're both happy.)
So it's going to be a (very busy) stay-at-home summer for us here in the saltycrunchy house, which is totally okay by me. As much as I spent our unusually cold winter dreaming of daiquiris on the beach, the thought of not needing to pack and drive and kennel the dog and tote around bags full of damp laundry and find sand in places that sand should never be is almost a relief. (I am not a good traveler, people. That's something you should know about me.)
In fact, the more I think about it, the more I love the idea of a travel-stress-free summer. Here are some at-home summer things to which I'm looking forward:
- Buying a cheap kiddie pool for the dog. It will be his first summer with us! Hilarious antics are sure to ensue!
- Watermelon, blackberries and peaches from the farmer's market. Hell yeah.
- Putting our ice cream maker and shaved-ice machine into heavy rotation.
- Finally perfecting alcoholic popsicles!
- Swimming laps at the neighborhood pool when it's too hot to run.
- Camping out at IKEA. All day long.
- Catching up on Weeds and Breaking Bad via DVD.
- Basil in/on everything. (I have somehow accumulated five different varieties of basil this spring. Not sure how that happened, but I'm not complaining.)
- Sleeping in my own bed every night. I like my bed.
- Showering in my own bathroom every morning. I like my bathroom.
- (Have I mentioned that I'm a terrible traveler? It's not that I don't like seeing the places and doing the stuff, I just like going home immediately afterwards, is all.)
This might turn out to be the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.