Looking for the Golden Side of Summer

The verdict is still out on this whole “summer” thing. I LOVE it in most ways—the weather, the slower mornings, the beach trips, the neighborhood barbecues, and above all else, the homework-free afternoons—but I also miss the predictability of the school year and the hours of relative quiet when our oldest two are at school. I guess that’s why I’m so grateful that every year we get to experience seasons of both!

Last week, I posted this on my (new!) Instagram account:

And I thought today I’d use this blog post to remind myself of the good.

The Golden Side of Summer

Life LatelyWe’ve occupied our days with a few summer sports camps at the local high school, plenty of free play with the neighbor kids, and a bit (a bunch?) more Netflix than usual for the kids. 🙂

We’ve gone to the library and accidentally mowed people down in the grocery store (grocery runs are a handful with all the kids in tow!). We’ve made cookies and gone strawberry picking… And we have a Utah trip coming up, so we are really looking forward to getting our family time in!

The Less-Than-Golden Side of Summer

But the funny thing I’ve noticed is how much easier it is, for me as a mom, to remember the blah moments of summer.

The afternoons that crept by at quarter-speed.

The whiny attitudes and endless chores.

The many, many weekdays where it feels more like I’m managing my kids than being with them.

The Golden Side of SummerThree kids on three different screens… #dowhatyougottado #winning

Looking for the Good

If my best tip at the beginning of summer was to keep your eyes open for the good, my best tip as summer starts to wind down is to (surprise!) keep you eyes open for the good. 

And if you need a few ideas of HOW to do that, go back and read that post: How to Ensure a GREAT Summer.

OR just make a photo collage of summer highlights, like the one above, and I bet you’ll start feeling a whole lot better about the summer you’ve created. 🙂

How’s summer going in your neck of the woods?


  • Reply
    Rachel Thueson
    July 20, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I love your highlights! I can’t wait to see those cute kids and you. I feel like my patience has been running short lately–the heat makes me cranky and we’re feeling a little cooped up! But its good to remember the good times. Here’s to more memories made this weekend!!!

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      Erica Layne
      July 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Understandable, Rach! Heat makes me cranky too! Or really any weather that makes it harder to get out of the house. You’re a great mom! I can’t wait to see you in action this weekend!!! (How is it here already? YAY!)

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    chelsea jacobs
    July 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Yes! Cheers to looking for the good!

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      Erica Layne
      July 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Thanks so much, Chelsea! I love your blog!

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    Marge Dickinson
    July 28, 2016 at 5:41 am

    For me, the golden side of this summer are the Art Days my granddaughter and I have created for our days together. We do crafts, drawing, painting, all the various art media. It gives us chance to be together, working on something and talking. Best of all we are connecting at a time she is very busy. Instead of trying to see each other at an event, we have a chance to slow down, work at a leisurely pace. And talk.

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    July 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I was just thinking about the blah moments, the Netflix marathons, and all the intentions I had for this summer seemingly falling by the wayside, then something told me to pop over here and, behold, empathy 🙂 Earlier today, I was listening to Jess Lively’s podcast with Brene Brown (I know you love her! I do too!) and she said it’s so easy for our mind (or ego) to be drawn toward the negative. That really spoke to my heart as I perched in front of my desk today to do lots of things I needed to do – for me. “I should be playing with the kids. I should take them outside. I should lie on the floor and read books with them.” But when I changed that around to “Today I did work that fueled me with purpose so that I can be more present with my children tomorrow,” I felt so much better. Thanks for keepin it real, friend!

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