Link up with Farley here!
I wish I did this every month, but I just don't have the time...and as Farley said, "Don't let the blog take over your life." If you've been reading for a while you know that I clearly haven't. I enjoy sharing, but I miss out on linky parties and giveaways all the time because I have to make time for my mommy taxi service. That, by the way, has shifted in high gear now that I have a junior high girl. I do, or at least I try to do, a pretty good job prioritizing family and the other things in my life. They can definitely get a little overwhelming, in part because I simply cannot say, "no."
I have listened to the air conditioner run all day ...I live in Arizona so I don't really care what the cost...but as I've stalked and banked and caught up on the news, it has yet to turn off. Which brings me to what I love. Tomorrow I'm leaving for the mountains of Idaho. Going somewhere that doesn't offer air conditioning in the cabins because it is never necessary makes my heart smile. My kids get to spend the 4th sitting on a grassy hillside watching fireworks, not from the upstairs window of the loft because it's just too dang hot to be outside. I guess it's one of those things that you don't appreciate unless you no longer have it. Since I grew up in Nebraska where 4th of July block parties were the norm, and everyone brought down their own stash of fire works, AZ 4ths are disappointing to say the least. No fireworks are allowed...we'd burn down the whole state.
Since we can't go outside, Arizona schools go back EARLY. There's nothing else to do. So I report back on July 15th...no joke.
We built our house without a pool. We had small kids at the time and with the number of drownings each year, I didn't want to even have to worry. The problem is that now they are older, they are tired of being inside all day, and they are DRIVING ME CRAZY. So the want becomes my need too. I need it for my sanity! I guess I know what my product money is going toward now!
Tips...I love the resources that blogging and the other communities provide. It is initially why I began blogging. I was looking for ideas for older kids. At the time middle school blogs were few and far between. I'm so happy that others have started blogs...there is just so much out there to find!