I am always extremely sentimental (in other words, an emotional wreck) this time of year. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I met my husband/best friend on the last day of school…or maybe it’s simply because my babes continue to grow much quicker than I would like.
Traditional First Day//Last Day Pic:
(we had a good laugh at the fact that Macie either didn’t grow at all, or possibly shrunk)
Every year on the last day of school, I clean my kids rooms for them (what?!) and leave them a little congrats-you-survived-another-year gift on their bed. Now, let me explain why in the world I would do such a thing.
First off, the cleaning…we make our kids clean their rooms every Saturday morning, I mean if you can even call what they do cleaning. However, a few times each year, MAMA cleans their rooms and I mean CLEAN. This includes wiping down the burger-y walls and all the furniture, vacuuming under their beds and in their drawers, throwing out/donating bags and bags of broken or unused toys…you get the idea. I also use this time to sort through and discard/donate any old or out grown clothing and shoes, put winter clothes or handy-me-downs away, etc. It’s just kinda the thing I do. The kids are very happy to come home to their clean bedrooms and I feel somewhat better about the level of sanitation my children live in.
Why the gift? Because I am such a horrible mom, I always get my kids Summer workbooks. I’m not sure why I started, but I always have and always will. I think it has been a great thing for my kiddos, despite the complaining. Because they were always so ornery when I presented them with their new Summer workbook, I started to make it a bit more fun by throwing in a few other items each year…
They feel special, I feel special, we all feel special.
This year I found these awesome rubber totes that I thought would make the perfect Summertime bag for trips to the pool or holding all their snacks, toys, and electronics during our upcoming road trip.
We are headed to Utah bright and early tomorrow morning to spend some time with our families! I hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled Summer! Also, let me know if you have any fun (or not so fun!) Summer tradition, I’d love to hear them!