Summer is almost upon us. Sometimes it sneaks up on us just like Christmas tends to; and before you know it, the entire summer is gone and you feel like you didn’t accomplish a single thing that you planned to. Don’t let this summer pass you by! Here are five ways you can be prepared…
Ok, so technically it is in the 30s right now and I have about 2 feet of snow blocking a good portion of my windows. But I won’t let winter’s last storms get me down; I’m thinking about sunshine and spring and backyard barbecues. It’s on its way, so I might as well begin preparations,…
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It feels like summer just began. Is it really possible that it’s almost over?
Mia doesn’t return to preschool until after Labor Day, which makes summer feel a little longer for our family since many kids started heading back as early as mid-August. We are soaking up these last couple of weeks of summer sun and time with all three kids at home.
You know what I hate? Trying to figure out what to wear postpartum.
I don’t fit into any of my old pants or shorts, but maternity bottoms don’t really fit either. Tight-fitting shirts are a no-go since I have a little bit of a flabby postpartum tummy, so it’s loosey-goosey for the next few weeks. And don’t forget about the magical world of breastfeeding! If it can’t be pulled down, easily pulled up or unbuttoned, it’s out. That left very few options in my current wardrobe, and I literally spent the first two days home from the hospital in pajamas.
It’s going to be 80+ degrees today in Colorado (and all this week, actually), and it’s really got me itching for the official start of summer. After all my years living in California, I never really considered myself a beach girl or a “Cali girl” – my pale, melanoma-prone skin wouldn’t really allow for that sunkissed tan… but I think moving away from there and to a place with actual seasons has made me truly appreciate the warm weather and the feeling of the sun on my skin (especially after a long winter).
One of my favorite summer memories as a kid was when my church threw a huge luau for the community. It was pretty hardcore; we had authentic Hawaiian hula dancers and fire dancers, roasted a pig in the ground and learned how to make and swing poi balls. Some of the younger girls (ahem, including me) even led a pig processional in grass skirts and leis… of which I may or may not have pictures (of which I will NOT be sharing).
Did you know that August is national picnic month? Well, in honor of all things picnic, I’ve come up with a little wish list. If I were going on a picnic (which, quite frankly, I don’t do often enough), I would want some of these things in my arsenal:
Praise Jesus! I am no longer wearing maternity clothes! I am three weeks postpartum, and my new challenge is covering up my postpartum tummy. I am lucky enough to have quickly lost majority of my baby weight, but I’ve still got “the pooch.” This loose-fitting dress with a blouson top covers up my flaws quite nicely.