Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer Bummer

It has been one bummer of a summer.

Things looked promising at the beginning.  Once the hectic schedule of the school year was over, we all enjoyed sleeping in, going for hikes, grilling dinner, making s'mores at the fire pit in the back yard, and lots of other things we only really get to do in the summertime.  There were even a few nice, warm days (that's above 70 degrees here in Del Norte) that allowed the kids to wear the creases out of the new shorts I'd got them and allowed me to bare my ghost-white calves with a pair of capri pants.

Then the bummers started to happen. And they started to snowball.

We got a call saying my husband's grandpa, who had terminal cancer, was nearing the end.  Husband left for a good chunk of time to be able to talk to Grandpa and say his goodbyes.  Shortly after coming back, Husband got another call saying Grandpa had passed away.  He left for another chunk of time to attend the memorial service (and give the eulogy) and help organize some of Grandpa's possessions.  It was a very sad time, compounded by the fact that Husband was away so much and I was on my own with three children who had become very bored with summer and who didn't know how to express their grief over their great-grandfather's passing in ways other than arguments and outbursts.

That was the worst part of summer.  After that, it was a plethora of little things.  Hit Girl came down with a cold, prompting her to wake up several times a night and come into our room to wake us.  I managed to shut the garage door on the hood of our new minivan and scratch it terribly.  Did I mention the garage door was bent so badly it wouldn't work and the motor in the opener caught fire?  Just this last week, Pollyana's constant summer buddy, who was here visiting family in our neighborhood, left her with head lice as a parting gift.  Two hours after discovering this, the washing machine's motor ground to a halt.

So yeah, at this point I'm hoping for a vacation from our vacation.  Our family schedule during school is completely crazy, but its predictability looks pretty nice right about now.


Rainbow Bekah said...

What a parting gift! Sweet friend o' mine I am so sorry you've had such a bummer summer. Let's pack the next two weeks with super sunshine! As in let's have fun fun fun and not so much on the sun sun sun because I just can't make those kinds of promises. ;0) PS: I love you!

Jamie said...

Don't make your schedule too crazy to fit in some MEEEEE! I miss you, K-RIZZ!! I am sorry you've had a bummer summer, lovely lady. It does seem like it's been one thing after another this summer. Hugs, prayers, and I'd say kisses, but that'd be weird. ;0)
I linked up to you on my blog post tonight. I am so thankful to have such great friends and I just wanted to give you guys a shout out. XOXO

Fern said...

You guys are the best. :) I have had bummers of summers where the only people I had to lean on were thousands of miles away and offering kind words over the Internet. I am BEYOND blessed to have made such close friendships with ladies who live in the same town. Love you!!

Mandy said...

A vacation from vacation, I need that too. Love you hang in there!

Fern said...

Thank you! Today went a whole lot better. :) Love you too!!

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