22 days left.

And this summer is going to be especially special.

The next time I go back-to-school shopping will be for my kids.
I never need to try on Flynn & O'Hara uniforms in August (even though they never did quite fit, anyway)
I never need to do a summer reading book report. Ever again.
I will never bring homework on vacation, to do on the plane.
I will never be making spreadsheets of possible class schedules and calling friends to make sure they are taking the first period class, too.
I will never have a school picture taken ("Could you raise your chin, slightly and pull your shoulders back? Okay. hmm. Actually, lets have you look over here and tilt your head at the wall. Turn your shoulders more. No, this way. Turn, turn - stop! Great - lean in just a tad. OKAY! Hold that position! Big Smiiile. Cheese Curls! Wait, let me just part your hair really awkwardly so that even if your face happens to look good, your hair while ruin the picture completely. Oh - and I'm sure you don't mind me putting my hands in your hair, right?" )
Never again, friends, never again.
"This is my last 168th day of school ever!"

I can't wait to ride down 124, windows rolled down, hand out the window, Slurpee in the cup-holder with green-ish red teeth, singing:
"You're a midsummer's dream under a star-soaked sky! You're like comin' hoooome!!!"
I can't wait to smell summer.
I can't wait to kill a pair of innocent flip-flops from extreme overuse.
I can't wait jump on the trampoline until my feet are black.
I can't wait to look, and look, and decide, and analyze and eventually buy another pair of ill-fitting shorts and end up wearing basketball shorts all summer anyways.
I can't wait to get home from work, like a real person, and sit outside under that "star-soaked sky," eating a nice watermelon slice, or corn-on-the-cob, or vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles, or any other summer food.
I can't wait to meet Sarah Anne.
I can't wait for the kids camps (and getting another basketball camp t-shirt, which will bring the collection to 76, I believe.)
It's coming! 22 days!

This little rant was brought to you by: Summer Celebration Archive Photos!

Thank you, Lord, for summer.


  1. Anonymous18.4.07

    is it just me or do you have the same picture in there two times?

  2. Anonymous18.4.07

    those were good times. i can't wait for summer either.

    the two with mike and caly are good.
    and you snuck in a lydia jane feature, nice.

    {and i think you mean "22 dayS left" ... yeah i know, singular, plural... same difference}

  3. julie :)18.4.07

    you stink Kristen. I can not wait for summer either but unlike you i have another year of highschool...

    cant wait for summer celebration! when do we sign up for that?

  4. oh my goodness. The memories and feelings come rushing in. You've officially gotten me excited to graduate! Before this point I wasn't too thrilled at the idea, but now I'm excited. I LOVE summer. And you captured all the emotions and sensations so well!

    And I'll go ahead a thank you for publicly humiliating Lydia. Hey, we all need humility, right? :) Think of it as contributing to her sanctification. wow, what an honor! : P

    ahhh. summer. memories. God. We lead a wonderful life, I tell ya!

  5. oh, and thank you muchly for updating. :)

  6. tad confused...graduation isn't until June 2, which is 42 days from now. And the first day of summer isn't until after that...so what are you so excited about?

  7. Can I just say I am so happy to finally experience the first summer of my existence I can remember without braces?

  8. ellie19.4.07

    i'm so happy for you! even though I have 5 more years of school.:) i can't believe you are growing up so quickly.

  9. Katie.v19.4.07

    SUMMER!!! such a good post!!!

    yea when do we sign up for summer celebration??

  10. Anonymous19.4.07

    oh my goodness i miss those little kids i cant wate till summer

  11. So can't wait to meet you too!! :)

  12. Thanks for posting these great shots from the camp! We've got to get some of these pics on the countdown blog.

    I keep checking in to see if you post more on your blog.

  13. Oh yeah, and for those of you wondering when you can sign up to volunteer for SC'07, there will be a pizza lunch after the 2nd service on May 6th where (if you are 12 or older) you can learn how to be involved.

    Free pizza, sounds like a no brainer to me.

    See you all then!

    What color shirts do you all want this year?

  14. sarah*21.4.07

    yay! summer celebration! oh yeah...this is my last year. oh well.

  15. um...advertising on someone else's blog? Sounds illegal to me... :)

    You really should get the word out about your blog, Mike. I never knew it existed.

  16. Jenna22.4.07

    even though this is late I thought I would say that I can relate with the whole thing of school pics. first they say you look lovely and then they come over and pull your head up and turn your shoulders fix your shirt so it looks weird and then after all of that they want a nice "toothy" smile. ya, so, I thought I would just say that.


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