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The signs of summer — Mommy Daze

summer sleepyAt my house you know it’s summertime when…

The hamper is always overflowing with grass-stained shorts, wet bathing suits and towels, but not a sock in sight!

At around 4 p.m., you can find two little boys passed out on the couch, probably with crumbs on their cheeks and the Netflix message on the TV saying “Would you like to continue watching?”

At around 8:30 p.m., you can find two exhausted parents passed out on the couch with an untouched bowl of popcorn in their laps and the same movie in the DVD player that they’ve been trying to finish for three days in a row.

A pile of flip-flops, Spider Man Crocs, and various sandals are by the front door all the time. No matter how many times they get put away, the pile keeps growing.

The contents of the fridge is primarily watermelon, grapes, blueberries and strawberries along with multiple containers of half-eaten lunches because, “Mom I can’t finish my lunch, I have to go PLAY!” Yet despite this plethora of food, the kids are always “still hungry” so we go through about two pounds of deli meat and a jar of peanut butter every week.

There’s a project list on the kitchen counter that was written in the hopeful, early months of spring that only has one item checked off — “make a list of summer projects.”

All the tissues in the house have been used up because everyone has a runny nose, all the time.

Suddenly those “boring puzzles” from the winter become fascinating again and old card games like “War” and “Go Fish” are incredibly fun.

The calendar is eerily empty of scheduled activities, yet the days somehow get filled and daylight runs out before all the fun can be accomplish. The difficult adjustment to the lack of routine gives way to spontaneous day trips, last minute pool play dates and later than usual bedtimes.

And lastly, you know it’s summertime at our house when I start printing out pumpkin recipes, planning fall crafts, playing Christmas music in July and reminiscing about the snow days. Because there are only so many days I can survive without my Pumpkin Spice Latte and scarves.

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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 4-year-old James and 2-year-old Luke.

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