Wednesday October 22, 2014

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Summer send-off

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Last year I missed half of fall because I was clutching to summer with a white knuckle grip.

I’m trying really hard not to let that happen this year. I like fall; I just think that summer is a hard act to follow. Maybe we should have fall directly following winter, because then I’d be really excited for the arrival of autumn, instead of mourning the loss of flip flop weather. Just an idea!

In my effort to deal with the transition of seasons, we recently had a little summer send-off. We started by readying the playhouse, which we refer to as the cottage, for a family slumber party.

We piled foam mattresses and vintage quilts in the loft and hung twinkle lights throughout. While the tall one grilled burgers, the children created and served up their own signature dishes in the playhouse kitchen. “Hot Cocoa Mashahna” was one of many awesome names they came up with for their recipes.

After eating supper in the cottage, we headed up to the loft, and played a few of our family favourite games, such as Spot It and Avengers Uno, while we waited for the sun to set.

As the kids ran around the yard, we set up a little outdoor drive-in theatre on the deck by hanging a white sheet up on the back of the house, and connecting a DVD player, projector and stereo.

We lined up all of the patio furniture, buried into sleeping bags, munched on snacks and watched a movie. As the feature ended, twinkle lights in the trees replaced the projector light, and the kids ran around with lightsabers and generally got all riled up.

In an effort to help them calm down and relax, we hopped into the hot tub for a bit of star gazing, and then trucked them off to bed. We cuddled in shoulder-to-shoulder on the loft floor, and they fell asleep within 90 seconds of their heads hitting their pillows. In the morning, when they climbed down the ladder to go play, my son turned around and said, “Thanks for that amazing date Mom and Dad.”

Summer send-off equals success.

 


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