Friday, August 31, 2012

The End Of Summer

For me, Labor Day has always signified the end of the summer season.  I turn my calendar to September and bid a not-so-fond farewell to 100 degree weather!


Aside from the melt-your-face-off heat, summertime is lovely.  It's about vacations and starry nights and watermelon and family picnics.  It's about drinking lemonade, and road tripping with little kids who like to throw their fruit snacks in the car.  It's about S'mores, sunsets, and fireworks.  Summer is for love and adventure; summer is for fun with family.  It's about kiddie pools and baseball games.  It's about popsicles and excursions to the zoo.  It's about making memories.

My "McD Clan O' Four" made countless memories this summer.  (It was one of our busiest yet!)  We ate good food and visited beautiful places.  We packed our car, packed our bags, packed our cooler, and packed our schedule.  There were trips to lakes and trips to national monuments.  There were birthday parties and family BBQs and day trips to snappy locales.


Through it all, we learned several things:  Pack more water than you think you'll drink.  When confined in a small space (like a car) for an extended period of time, children will turn into cage fighters.  The sunscreen you spray is superior to the goopy lotion.  (And easier to use!)  At times it IS necessary to pop your hatchback and change your child's diaper in the back of your car.  Park rangers are nice and polite when your daughter looks at them and says, "Your hats are freaking me out."    

But I think the most important, most eye-opening, most ground-breaking, most shocking, most interesting thing James and I learned this summer happened during one of our family vacations.  It threw us for such a loopity-loop, all we could do was shake our heads in bewilderment.  It can best be conveyed in this video snippet:


 Hotels make kids weird!!!

Have a fantastic, hotel free, end-of-summer, Labor Day weekend! 

7 comments:

  1. Okay, it's late and I am laughing so hard at this. I agree 100%, hotels do make kids weird.

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  2. Visiting you from the weekend blog hop!! I love your blog and can't wait to read more...AND I am in LOVE with your hair :) Have a great weekend!

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  3. LOL well what else would you do while your hanging around your hotel room? Glad you had a wonderful summer :)

    Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  4. if that's weird, i have no idea what is normal! this is a daily routine for my littlest one hahahahaha! she's a trip and a half, i tell ya! i still can't believe we actually met, like FOR REAL and IN PERSON!!!!!! you're a beautiful person inside and out, and i am so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you, even if over vertigo and a big fluffy waffle ;) hope you are doing well. i love this blog!!

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  5. Visiting you from the weekend blog hop!!I love your writing style!

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  6. Goodbye Winter!! Ahh wait, that's me, goodbye Summer for you!! Oh how I am longing for it to be my turn to do all those things you described in this awesome post! I loved reading about your fun family times, but I am sure there will be more fun times to be had in 'Fall' :)
    I hope you are all keeping well!!! Thank you for your sweet comment and kind, loving words on my blog :) It is always a breath of fresh air when you pop by my friend and I luv you too!!! I have been keeping up with all of your Instagram pics, you guys are a beautiful family xoxoxo

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  7. hahahaha! i love that video! i think you taught cameron that trick!! ;)
    when you mentioned the long car rides, it made me think of lilly and her "i like to wiggle" song. LOL!
    can you believe it's september?! ahhh, bring on fall!!
    i hope you are enjoying your night, boo boo! ;)
    i love you <3
    cheesybeann'ricehead

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