This summer, I decided that we are staying home more.
Finding our own fun.
And learning life skills.
We're learning to be a little more independent.
To entertain ourselves more.
And rely on others less.
We're learning how to catch minnows with our bare hands.
Bait our own hooks.
And how to take a fish off our hook.
How to make better use of the ones we have.
And how to iron.
We're learning how to make our own lunches.
Even if it's just pouring ourselves a bowl of cold cereal.
And how to use the grill.
We're learning how to care for ourselves better.
Care for our things better.
And to clean up after ourselves more.
And building new appreciations for libraries, their atmosphere and their air conditioning.
We're discovering classic 80's movies.
New-to-us games like solitaire and Skip-Bo.
As well as dusting off the oldies but goodies like Sorry, Trouble and Chess.
And spending less time on our computers, iPhones and Xboxes.
How great life can be without schedules.
And how to conquer our fears.
We're adopting the phrase "choose the right."
And reminding ourselves of it often.
We're learning how to try new things.
To branch out.
And have open minds.
We're learning how to better our golf swing.
How to throw a Frisbee.
And dusting off our rollerblades.
We're enjoying lots of good ol' fashioned popsicles.
And ice cream cones at home.
And going out for ice cream less.
We're learning how to climb up poles.
Scale park equipment.
And even climb rocks.
Sleeping in late.
And learning the joys of sidewalk chalk, skateboards and hanging at the beach at 9:00 at night.
We're learning how to do the monkey bars.
How to hang upside down by our knees.
And how to do penny drops.
And skate parks.
And neighboring suburb's parks.
We're appreciating simple things like reading outside.
Cheap blow up pools.
The sounds of bullfrogs.
And picking wild daisies.
To figure out new uses for things.
Like strapping a car seat to our electric scooter with a bunch of bungee cords.
And enjoying the end result.
We're learning lots.
We're bone tired.
And the house is a mess.
But we are having tons of fun!
The Shabby Nest
Sunny Simple Life