1. Watermelon — Our fruit of choice this summer. I swear I must have sliced and served at least three or four watermelons this weekend. Not for a family party or a fruit salad for 25 guests, but for my two little, we-can’t-get-enough-of-it, watermelon-loving kiddos. My kids will eat watermelon for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. Is this normal?
2. Flip Flops — Flip flops are a sure sign of warmer days, but at my house the foyer looks like the summer shoe clearance section at Old Navy. Flip flops, flip flops, everywhere! Polka dots, pink, orange, green, Toy Story, stripes, red, white and blue. Some with ribbons and bows and ties, others with flowers and sparkles and gems. Where did they all come from? Did I really purchase all of these freaking flip flops? How many pairs do I think my kids need?
3. Little Bags of Crap — Bags containing plastic toys and pads of paper and super balls can be found year round at my house, but in summer they can be found EVERYWHERE. We have little bags of junk around ever corner. In the garage, in the family room, in the backyard, under the dining room table, in the kitchen (Don’t think Hoarders, it’s really not that bad). I keep cleaning them out and they just keep popping up. Bags filled with hair clips, plastic necklaces, pool toys, Squinkies, board books, crayons, Hello Kitty Band Aids, chalk, doll clothes, toy cars, hats, sunglasses – you name it.
4. Target — I LOVE Target. Apparently I love it a bit more in the summer time. From their fun dollar aisles to their awesome glass punch bowls and Tiki Torches – Target has me hooked. I’m sure I’m hardly alone on this one. Maybe if I stayed out of there, I wouldn’t have so many little bags of crap to worry about - duh.
5. Longer Days — My kids are early risers no matter what. When school is in session, I can count on a stricter bedtime ritual. When it comes to summer vacation, it’s no-holds-barred at our house. In summer, I become more free-range with the kids which is great for them, but poops me out entirely. At least we don’t live in Alaska where it’s sunny until 1:00am. How do you guys do it up there? Really, the lower 48 wants to know!