The days are long, but the summer days are longer. I think that’s how the saying goes, right? 😉 We are just a few short weeks into our summer break over here, where the sun is up longer, and so are our kids. The weather is already hot & humid enough to feel like there is a wool blanket over your head. Summer schedules aren’t really a thing over here, we usually have one or two big outings per week, like to the zoo or the splash pad. And you know, I do feel guilty sometimes when all my mom friends are taking their kids to music class and mommy & me yoga and all sorts of African safaris every single day of the week, but I just can’t do it. Keeping three kids happy, cool & slathered in sunscreen every 30 minutes isn’t an easy feat. It always ends in meltdowns & extreme exhaustion.
When the babies are napping, Harper likes to do “gardening” with me, where she checks on our snake plants, helps me water the lemon trees (we are attempting to grow them, but they are still a little sad looking) & see if we have new mint leaves we can bring inside for our waters. It’s been such a fun way to spend time together, and she totally holds me accountable for not killing all of our plants.
A few things I am currently loving about summer:
1. my kids can be found barefoot & shirtless most days, and nobody gives an eff
3. late afternoon water table play on the porch means cooking dinner in silence, which always makes me want to try new recipes
Love your back yard! Wishing NS Canada would get some sunshine! Our furnace is still on 🙁
Molly W. says
"She totally holds me accountable for not killing all of our plants." LMAO
Emily Hartwig says
Thank you for writing this! I love it! I get asked "what camps are the kids in?" "Are they in swim lessons?" "Soccer?" "Dance class?"… I'm all like my kids are 5 and 3, we go swimming and to parks a few times a week, otherwise they love playing at home and I'm okay with that! We do t-ball and gymnastics and that's enough for us! Love your blog, Jessica… Thank you for always keeping it fun and simple!
Oh how I adore the balance of PJ days and schedules. We had that when I was home on maternity leave but now I am back in the office (early) we have no choice but to stay on schedule with early morning wake-ups and places we have to be. I envy those days of barefeet and watermelon on the lawn!
Stacey G says
Lovely! This makes me miss warm weather. Raising my Wednesday margarita to you, beautiful Mama! You are rocking it x
Kayla I. says
Throw the sprinkler under the trampoline! Best way to jump on a hot day ?
My fav summer salad. Half a large Watermelon, cubed. 2Tbsp Minced Basil. 1 container of feta. Balsamic to taste. It's always a hit!
Katie McKenzie says
Love this! I needed to hear this tonight! As being a new mom of three, I felt like I could do it all every day of the week but our new addition makes me wonder if I'll ever leave the house again. Thank for reminding me that I don't have to be one way or the other.
Jessica J says
You should try Jobes Organic fertilizer spikes for your lemon trees. Its for co trainer grown fruit and citrus trees. I found them at Walmart. Lowe's or Home Depot never had it. I have a orange tree that looked awful once I got it home. I started using the spikes and it looks awesome. I have been using them since May.
I would love to read a post about your daily routine with the three girls! I have a toddler and in expecting baby #2 and I'm a bit scared about how I'm going to keep them entertained all day.
Lindsey Jacqmein says
Try this reciepe. It's perfect if you like spice, seafood and grilling.
Lindsey Jacqmein says
Hey Jess! Try this reciepe. It's perfect for grilling if you like spice and seafood.
I so appreciate how real you are. I read so many blogs about motherhood that make me feel totally inadequate. I love that you inspire and keep it real too!
Megan C says
Don't you just love summer! Just last night my 2.5 year old was running around in the back yard in just a diaper, I was drinking wine and it was past her bedtime. And we all loved every second of it! Here's to summer!
Please don't ever stop the real-ness of your blog. I adore the pajama all day no activity summer plan.
Tammy Rago says
Thank you for writing this. It's nice to read that it's okay if kids hang out at home. I'm with my daughter everyday until 4pm and some days I got this, some days I don't. Am I to blame that my 2 year old would rather stay home most days? It hasn't been that hot yet here in NY but after painting, bubbles, play-doh, water table, pool etc etc my daughter would rather stay indoors. It's nice to know I'm not alone.