In two weeks we’re going to be parents of a child in school, for the first time. In two weeks, we’re going to be into the Fall and summer is going to be over. Aptly summed up in a text I received from Jamie today, asking, “Where the hell did the summer go?”, today the same thought hit me.
We went on one camping trip.
We spent the weekend at the beach.
We spent a weekend without the kids.
We spent one weekend sick.
We spent a weekend at a wedding.
We spent a weekend in the mountains.
We spent a weekend going to the fair.
We spent a weekend on tubes.
We spent a weekend car shopping.
We spent a weekend doing nothing at all but sitting around the pool.
And just like that the summer is nearing over. The series of weekends, spent together, spent with the kids, spent exploring and spent doing some of those things that you feel like wasting away your summer, like visiting yet another out of town dealership looking at yet another potential vehicle.
Did we do enough this year? Did we waste too many days hiding out inside away from the mosquitos and the hot sun? Did we go to the Spray park enough? Did we have enough picnics? Did we make enough memories? Go on enough road trips?
How To Slow Down Your Summer
The summer isn’t even over and I’m focused on next year. We’ve still got two trips left! Next year, I want to plan our camping weekends ahead of time. I want to make sure that we get the campsites we want, in the campgrounds we want, and even take advantage of the many glamping opportunities that you can take advantage of at fun Alberta campgrounds. Next year, I want to go on that epic road trip we have planned, and spend more weekends in the mountains.
Slow your summer by changing the way that you think. Stop counting down the summer and get out there, and make the most of the winter. Take those weekend trips, spend your evenings in a hot tub, check out the festivals and dress warm and get out there. We, admittedly, do not get out there during the winter, but this year, we are going to make an effort. We are going to do things like skiing lessons, we’re going to take an impromptu weekend away and we’re going to try something new, like snowshoeing.
We are going to slow down our summer, by looking at winter the same we look at summer – and with any luck, those ten short weekends will go by as quickly as they do in June, July and August.
Summer goes by so quickly – how do YOU slow it down?