There is nothing like sunshine to make you feel better.  Summer vacation started off with rain and quite a few emotional meltdowns. The kid's, not mine. (Although, I am sure there are moms out there already pulling their hair out.)  The transition from school to free time was harder on him than I expected, no matter how much he was looking forward to it.  I think some kids, just like some adults, flounder around a bit trying to figure out what to do with themselves when they have free time.  (I'm so jealous of that.)  And I swear there is/was a bit of panic about, "Who am I going to play with all summer?!" Aagh!

But I think that's all settling out now.  I firmly believe in lazy summer days.  (Not that I get much of those, but you know what I mean.)  I think it's important for kids to be able to chill out and get used to not being scheduled all the time.  It builds patience.  And wistful, happy memories for their future selves to dream about when they're stuck in jobs that suck.  The other super important skill I think all kids should have?  Grasping the concept that even though their friend isn't home right now, they'll probably be home later and you can play with them then.  Oh, wait, that's patience again, isn't it?  Whatever.  Drift through the day with grace, buddy, drift through the day.

(We're woking on self-sufficiency skills this summer.)    

Anyway, the sun is out now.  Apple-juice popsicles for everyone!