Summer is nearing its end. The days are starting to become shorter and the temperatures aren’t quite what they used to me. The time has passed quickly and before it truly comes to an end, I thought I would share my feelings about this summer. While there is still nearly a month of summer left, with school starting next week, summer is basically over. Honestly, fall is in the air, and that is what sent me down the summer reflections path.
I have to admit, I’ve never really taken the time to look back and reflect upon a summer before. They tend to be so fleeting and while I wish they would last longer, I am too focused on the upcoming season to really think about it.
It was all too short
Summer is always too short. But more so where we live. It is generally too cold to plant the garden until mid to late June, and the frost, and sometimes snow, can hit us by mid-September. So yes, it’s quite a short season. Often times we spend most of the summer wearing sweaters and pants wishing for warmer weather. Then we get a burst of warm, or sometimes hot days, and then we are back to sweater weather again. But it’s not just the weather that makes it feel short. Summer has always been the season that had flown by the quickest. There is just so much to see, do and enjoy that it can be incredibly hard to squeeze it all in.
We had fun
Despite being a family of introverts, we got out and had fun this summer. It certainly wasn’t as much as we normally would have done, but I’m quite happy with it.
In June balanced school, soccer games and spending time together as a family. Some days ended up being fairly busy, but we enjoyed it. The boy’s soccer team did exceptionally well, winning first place. He had plenty of fun playing. The garden was planted slowly but surely over a couple of weeks, and while some things were planted a bit late, I was happy to get it done. A favorite of mine was going to check on the tadpoles every few days. I know my son enjoyed seeing them in all of their stages over a couple of weeks. We also took this time to drive his R/C boat around a bit. That was enjoyable. There was a science night at the school where we got to participate in a number of fun science-based activities.
The final highlight for June and part of July was watching the road being replaced in front of our house. That probably sounds a bit crazy, and possibly boring to some. But the truth is, it’s not often that things happen where we can watch from the comfort of our own home.
July saw plenty of exercise but also lots of time spent outdoors. It was actually a fairly warm month, I would even go as far to say it was hot for many of the days – which is very atypical for us. We went canoeing, and while I’m honestly not a fan of canoeing, I did have fun that day. There were a number of trips made down to the beach nearby our house. Now, the water is far too cold even in the summer for swimming, but that didn’t stop our dog Penny from going in.
August was the month where we fell into hermit mode. Between blog work, some warm days and the release of Battle For Azeroth, getting out and doing things was pretty much put on the back burner. I’ll admit that since August 13th, most of my waking hours have been spent in front of my computer playing World of Warcraft.
One of the big changes this year was taking our health seriously. Or at least trying to. In July, I participated in a 30-day fitness challenge. The main reason I did this was to disprove them. I was convinced they wouldn’t show any results. But a big part of me truly wanted to get healthy. The best part was that my family joined in on the challenge as well. We would exercise together, and it was the best way to stay motivated. It also kept us accountable.
Admittedly, we have let ourselves slide a bit over August. Too many hours sitting in front of the computer has led me back to regular snacking and drinking pop. Not to mention the lack of exercise. But don’t worry, I plan to get back on the horse and start exercising regularly again because it made me feel good.
I found myself
Not to sound cheesy, but I feel like in a way I found myself this summer. I had been dealing with a lot of things in the previous years, most of my life for that matter and things just seemed better this summer. I felt happy more often, part of which I can attribute to my healthy habits in July. While I was resistant to go on adventures, like walking in the forest instead of around town, my husband pushed me out of my comfort zone that little bit and in the end I enjoyed myself. I can say that while I did still have my bad days, overall, I felt free this summer. I know I still have a ways to go, but this first step is a big one and I’m so happy to see positive changes in my life. This is definitely a summer to be remembered.