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I’m glad summer is over. And that doesn’t mean I suck. |

I’m glad summer is over. And that doesn’t mean I suck.

As of today (yesterday? the day before? tomorrow? whenever.) summer is officially over – and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’ve recently decided I’m not a horrible person to admit wanting summer to end. I mean, people all the time state that they’re glad when winter is over – so why is it so sacrilegious to admits to being glad to see summer come to a sweaty close?

I say there needs to be more equal opportunity when it comes to season affection. Maybe it should be my new mission or something. I better go buy some new tall boots to prepare for the campaign trail. See how that works? Yeah winter!

This past weekend, we celebrated the start to the new season by doing a few of our favorite fall activities.

We picked raspberries and apples. We watched college football on TV, and rented a movie to watch in the basement instead of running through the sprinkler. I dug out the waterbath canner that’s been collecting dust in my basement since last fall and made jam with it.

You guys, I made jam. And then some apple crisp. And then dilly beans. Maybe some hot mozzarella too.

Child labor. They're getting paid in pie.

Basically, I  had to resist my primal urge to put on a sweater and cook up a batch of chili. And if it hadn’t been  93 degrees outside, I totally would have.

We harvested, we processed, we watched a sport (not baseball!) on TV and said goodbye to summer by napping on box fans.

Soaking in every drop of summer. One box fan nap at a time....

In a few years, when our lives no longer are dictated by naps, early bedtimes, late afternoon meltdowns and diaper changes – maybe then I’ll mourn the loss of those blissful lazy summer days I hear everybody talking about.
Yes, I’m sure of it.

But I’ll always be glad to see September 1st come around. And that doesn’t mean I suck, and my kids don’t call me Mommie Dearest either.





  1. fall is the best. the very best. and not just because it means my birthday, joey’s birthday, halloween candy, and thanksgiving, either. it just is. although my heart has been opened to spring lately, too. basically i favor the transitional seasons, which is a pity since i feel like so much of the year is dedicated to those other 2 primary ones.
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  2. Summer is by far my least favorite season of the year, so I will join you on your campaign for winter appreciation. I’m beyond ready for sweaters and hats and warm soup cooking away on the stove. Bring on the 50 degree weather!
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  3. You definitely don’t suck. According to Facebook most parents feel the way you do. Completely normal.

    I think one reason people (or me) are happy to see winter end is because around here winter is a 7 month long siege. It means boots and mitten and hats (all lost and missing just about every day) and snowpants and extra socks and pants and sweaters just to brave the outside for a few minutes before the frigid children come running back in the house with soaked clothing. We are stuck in the house for SEVEN months. SEVEN. Seriously. SEVEN. Trapped. TRAPPED I TELL YOU! For SEVEN months. (why do I live in WI again?)

    Maybe that is a big part of why I never want summer to end. Summer was by no means a lazy summer. It is work. And my kids do drive me crazy daily. But, I don’t know, maybe I just have separation anxiety or something, I like them here with me. Not to mention all the homework, and meetings, and swim class, and football practice and games, and boy scouts, snack days, field trips, and paperwork, and plays and concerts, and rehearsals, and HOMEWORK, and early mornings, and schedules. BAH!
    No school.
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  4. I’m so glad summer is over, too! And it was over for me the week before last, because that is when my two oldest started back to school. Oh how thankful I am for school! And cooler weather! Love the fall!
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  5. Everyone has their favorite season. I dislike Fall most simply because it gets so dark, so very dark. With SAD, I don’t do all that darkness well. BUT, fall does have the most wonderful advantage of being a great harvest time and APPLES!! Apples to eat, pies, crisps, cobblers, butter, jam, did I mention pie? I canned salsa and froze my tomato sauce. My mom asked for dilly beans so I should get on that!!

    Happy Fall!!


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