The end of school is fast approaching.
The girls and I cannot wait to begin our summer vacation. We also can’t wait to get back the nice, warm weather. It seems to have disappeared amongst the lovely rain that has taken it’s place here in the beautiful city of #Vancouver where we live.
Summer always brings with it the excitement of adventure and fun. The girls enjoy our extended weekend road trips to the USA and the abundance of time we get to play outside under blue skies and warm sunshine.
This summer is especially exciting for me because my youngest, Little H, will be four. She has stopped napping and become so much more independent and outgoing. I don’t need to pack the whole house every time we plan an outing or go out to visit friends.
Together, the two youngest girls can spend hours upon hours playing their make-believe games, working on creative art projects, tending their own herb garden and swinging like maniacs on the trapeze swing their father set up for them in our backyard.
Every summer I make myself a bucket list of all the things I want to accomplish before our break from school comes to and end. This year, I’ve decided not to do so.
More than anything this summer, I want to focus on two simple things.
Bike riding & swimming.
Teen B never learned how to ride a bike until she was in the 3rd grade.
Living in the city, working full-time, having babies back to back … we neglected to take the time to teach her sooner. We definitely don’t want that to happen again with her sisters.
Little H just got a new bike.
A running bike which comes with no pedals. It helps little ones to learn balance and steering before even thinking about having to pedal.
Little B has been learning to ride using training wheels and by the end of the summer, I think she’ll be ready to ditch the training wheels. She’s pretty excited for that.
Then there’s swimming.
#Momfail number two!
I’ve neglected to put them in lessons. My oldest was fiercely afraid of the water since she was a babe. Swimming lessons were a complete waste of time because she refused to put her face in the water or even try. I gave up after two sets of lessons. Now as a teenager, she is learning how to swim on her own but could definitely benefit from some private lessons to sharpen her skills.
So we will all be spending as much time as we can in a pool. If I have to put on a bathing suit and shave my legs, I will, gosh darn it, because I refuse to neglect the importance of knowing how to swim.
So biking riding and swimming will become the focus of our summer this year. I am so looking forward to the time we all will be able to go biking and swimming as a family.
I hope that by the end of the summer, the girls will be comfortable in the water and be riding their bikes with confidence and ease.
And it’ll be all up to me … and their father.
No more #parentfails for us!