Drawing to an end...really?!

I am looking at my trusty wipe-off calendar and am counting 10 days left of my summer vacation. Now, mind you, I really didn't do anything earth-shattering this summer, was not able to go on a vacation, and was bored to tears more then once. But, there are some things I will miss for sure about good old summer break....

  1. Sleeping in with Thing 1 and Thing 2, complete with our "family" on morning TV. We wake up with the GMA crew and then when that ends at 9, we switch over to the Today show. All the while, I have my office set up in bed with my phone and laptop, checking up on the latest People.com articles and emailing back and forth with Jill and my mom.
  2. Grilling out!  It's not that the grill has to be put away as soon as I step into the classroom, but it's just not the same. Everything we made this summer was good (uh, except my attempt at a "fabulous" grilled peach dessert I saw on TV). I am lucky to have a good grill-master, because I am clueless when it comes to grilling...

Summer fruit. Ohhhh man, this watermelon is so sweet that it tastes like candy!  I don't want it to go out of season...:o(


Flowers...oh how I love flowers. Especially perennials, which I do not have to care for whatsoever. They just magically appear and take care of themselves. This summer, it was so much fun to see what was planted in the new yard. I was so excited when the lilac, rose of sharon, and roses bloomed. All I was missing were my obsession: hydrangeas!  Miss Jill was so kind to let me take a few home yesterday and I wish I could shellac them or somehow keep them from ever dying. Gorgeous...


Catching up with friends and family at lunch or breakfast. Right now, I have the freedom to drive up to Galena and relax, drive to German Village and stroll, or meet dad for a birthday lunch. On Mondays, Matt and I run errands and get to do weekend-things during the week (no crowds! no rush!) Come September, kiss that all goodbye. 
But it is worth it. I love my job and am blessed to have it. I can't wait to meet my new kiddos and their families. Here's to the last 10 days of summer!

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