It’s been awhile since I posted and I realized today as I sat her to think there are only 7 more days left in my girls summer break from school …
We have had an action packed time from swim team, ballet, birthday celebrations for each of them, girl scout day camp and travelling to birth family and family.
Our summer started with my oldest needing to learn the definition of disrespect. Preadolescence is a hard time as she tries to find her footing and I (we) try to parent her. This is all coupled with me going through menopause, fun times in our home cheers to mid-life mothering!
Family travel included our trip to Minnesota and visiting with and staying with my older daughter’s birth family. We were so excited to stay and C’s sister’s home and really visit with everyone. In addition to seeing and staying with her birth mother’s family we spent a great day with her birth father, his wife and her sister. This visit came with some sadness for my younger daughter who was sad that it wasn’t her family we were with these days. Our family cares for and loves our daughters equally so it wasn’t as if she was feeling lack of attention or love, but to her it was not being with her birth family that made her sad. She and I talked and we discussed our family and our geography to each of our girls’ families. J was born in CA and her birth family lives an hours’ drive away. A was born in MN which requires to plan ahead for a visit both when C comes to visit and E or when we spend a part of our summer vacation visiting. At seven she can understand that, but she was still sad that we weren’t visiting her family then and there.
During this summer, I felt a shift in my changes physically. I had some challenges still being on the pill so took myself off a month ago which may or may not have been the best decision as I have been suffering more with my peri-menopausal symptoms. I will be turning 52 in 3 months so I’m sure this is all part of the aging process. This summer was my try at gluten-free eating and it has proved to be successful and I am happy to have tried and found the symptoms to go away.
The end of summer means a restart to our routine: alarm clock set, school, ballet, soccer, Girl Scouts. I look forward to this but at the same time am sad that our more carefree days of summer break are nearly over.
How was your summer break?