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Did You Get Your 'Summer Bucket List' Done? We Didn't

By Devan McGuinness |

In exactly one week, the routine will be shaken up again around here as the two oldest head off to school.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. I am excited for them — they miss school. I am excited for me — it will be nice to watch them grow and of course, there will be more quiet around the house with them gone.

I am sad to see summer over though. When I was a kid I remember feeling like the summer break from school was so long. It was 8 weeks of awesomely sleeping in and going out in the sun and it’s so different now.

I don’t know if it’s the perspective that’s changed my view (now that I am the ‘stressed out’ mom and not the ‘having too much fun kid’), but this summer went by SO FAST!

We had a list of things we wanted to do this summer. Some fun, some chore-work and some learning goals. We set them out before the break was here and when they were off on their break we were on a good start. We went to the beach, the drive-in, a zoo trip and many picnics. It’s been a fun, fun summer, but I am feeling a bit sad (or bad) that we didn’t get to cross everything off our list.

I am having a bit of working-mother guilt happening. This is the first summer since any of my kids were born that I was juggling work on top of motherhood and it with that came us falling short on a few items of our wish list for the summer.

I had goals of reading a certain amount of books with them. We had goals to redo parts of our (terribly) ugly kitchen and my kids wanted to go to an amusement park. There is still time through September and I am hopeful that with the changes of weather (humidity has been a real productivity killer) and routine that it will bring with it a rejuvenation of  energy!

I did have one real, huge win as far as parenting though … I have no backlog of laundry. Parents of multiple children in a dual-working household, you get what a huge deal that is & I am happy with that!

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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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