Summer hours for Mama C

Our new backyard!

I woke up at 5:00 to complete my  post for Moms of Hue, that is up now. It begins in Monhegan, and explains in step by step fashion how you too can have a backyard oasis like this.

Sam starts soccer camp today, for a week, and Marcel and I have our first Mommy Marcel day of the summer.  He hasn’t decided what he’d like us to do. Last night he suggested a space ship ride. Knowing him, there is probably an email from NASA waiting in my inbox.

We are living outdoors. We are thriving.  I am feeling like a good mom more of the time than not. That feels good. Our bathing suits are almost always on, or on the line drying.  We’re learning to live with bugs, and not in fear of them. We are making new friends, and accepting that kindergarten is not far away. We are growing up.  I am in it, this summer we’re having, and it feels different this year.

What changes do you notice as you get outside, and see each other more as time permits?


  1. What changes do I notice as I get outside and see my family more? The same as you – I also feel like a good mom more of the time than not. Once again, you speak for all of us in our common struggle for self-acceptance. I have a son starting kindergarten this fall as well; in Ontario we have junior kindergarten and they start when they’re four, which seems (too) early, but he’s “itching” to start school where he’ll be able to play on the big kid’s playground and read and write and take the school bus like his big sister. “Itching” reminds me of the other compliment I wanted to pay on this post’s spot on wording and insights, about “learning to live with bugs, and not in fear of them.” What a difference being outside makes for all of us, in the way we relate to each other and the world around us; and how much we all learn about each other (we see “more of each other” too) and ourselves there. What a blessing to have a backyard, which makes it that much easier to get to that place.

  2. See each other more, you mean, because we’re wearing our bathing suits? You probably still have a bikini bod, but for the rest of us, bathing suits take some serious thought! (OK, I know that’s not what you meant….)
    (Altho, mama C, we went to Willard Beach today and if you dare, check out my blog for the latest in fashion at the beach…if you dare.)
    Glad you’re having a great summer!

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