If you are a regular around here, you will have heard me rant on and off for about ten six months of the year that I HATE WINTER (I whine about it far too much to link to any of those posts; you can check out my September to April archives).

Then we went and traipsed off to Mexico, which only fueled my hatred of winter.  Why live somewhere where there is SNOW and ICE and NOT-WARM-NESS, when we could instead move to Mexico/California where there is Sun! And water! And WARMTH?

Summer finally arrived here, and while I have made the occasional complaint about the heat (TOO HOT FOR CLOTHES)(DON’T VISUALIZE THAT), I have been pretty happy that I live in the Land of Summer.


I am at that point in the summer where I am a little tired of it all.  The Sun! And the fun! And the packing up two tons of snacks/drinks/sand toys/towels.  It is tiring.  The sun sucks the energy as it is.  Now add a thirty pound child on one hip and thirty pounds of crap gear on the other, and you can see that by the end of the day, I AM DONE.

A greater issue than the whole tiresome traipsing is the fact that I miss the routine of fall.

I like routine.  I thrive in a routine.  I am a Type A girl – LACK OF ROUTINE MAKES ME CRAZY.  Also, a leetle grumpy.

I am trying to be Little Miss Positive, but it’s an uphill battle.  There is no rhyme nor reason to our days.  At some point, we venture to the beach.  We get groceries.  We run errands.  Woo.  NONE OF THIS INVOLVES DITCHING DROPPING MY KIDS OFF AT SCHOOL SO I CAN THINK FOR A MINUTE OR TWO.

Add in the fact that I seem to be stuck making the same seven barbecued meals a week and I am weary of it all.  I keep pulling recipes out of magazines, but when I sit down on Sunday nightss to menu plan, it is all I can do to keep my eyes open. If I could have the weather of summer with the routine of fall, I would live in a perfect world.  I might also have the energy to try a new recipe or five.

The kids are the same as I am.  They are SICK AND TIRED of summer.  Fun, schmun! It’s grown old.

It’s a daily battle to get them to the beach or water park.  They kick. They scream.  They want NO PART OF IT.


I had to force her to play with that spray gun.  Graham finally listened to me and grabbed one too.


Then he stormed off.



Emily got him GOOD.  She was proud of her bad self.




He thought he would do better on the other end of the park where Nathan was hanging out.


Nope.  Soaked.  All thanks to Nathan.

Nate Dawg

Nathan found this only slightly amusing, what with the whole, “We Hate Summer” attitude the kids have been sharing with me.


I am such a cruel Mom for putting them through all of this torture.


Before I know it fall will arrive.  So will the cold weather.  I really do love summer, so I best quit my belly achin’ and enjoy it while it’s still here.

Or maybe if I keep complaining, Murphy’s Law will kick in and the summer weather will NEVER LEAVE, just to spite me.  Here’s hoping.

* A play on the title of Loralee’s photo caption post.  I am SO HAPPY I took that photo because the comments are making my day.

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  1. Kerri Anne July 31, 2008 1:23 pm edit

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Something about the holidays and the changing leaves and the still warm days and long nights filled with scarves and cups of tea. (Um. I think I just turned into my very English grandmother right then.)

    These pictures are fantastic, a tribute to Summer’s last hurrah.

    Kerri Anne’s last blog post..Portrait Of A Tuesday Night

  2. Sharon July 31, 2008 1:41 pm edit

    Oh how I love summer! That water park looks like so much fun!

    I’ll be up in your neck of the woods (I think – not too familiar with the Okanagan, despite living in BC most of my life) for the Labor Day weekend, and I hope the weather will still be hot and sunny then.

    Sharon’s last blog post..Rock slide

  3. witchypoo July 31, 2008 1:56 pm edit

    Boy, you sure captured their misery. I pity the poor children.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Drinker With a Running Problem

  4. Moose July 31, 2008 1:59 pm edit

    Your children are welcome to come to my cubicle and fax things while I go outside and play in the sun. (FAXING IS FUN!)

    Moose’s last blog post..Taking The Hint

  5. She Likes Purple July 31, 2008 2:09 pm edit

    I am not even a little ashamed for saying this, I AM OVER SUMMER. THE HEAT IS KILLING ME. Bring me winter! Pleeeease.

    She Likes Purple’s last blog post..I Think Judy Blume Got Hosed

  6. Janssen July 31, 2008 2:27 pm edit

    Routine is pretty much the most important thing to me EVER. That and order. Oh, right, they’re kind of the same thing.

    Janssen’s last blog post..Unshelled

  7. monstergirlee July 31, 2008 2:32 pm edit

    Those pictures are SO awesome! I am sitting here with such a huge smile on my face looking at those kids. So much fun!

    monstergirlee’s last blog post..Bees & Flowers – Day 2

  8. Hannah July 31, 2008 2:32 pm edit

    We just had the worst storm in 10 years … with more rain forecast for the next week. Most of the country is flooded.

    I’d trade places with you in a second!

    I miss summer :-(

    Your pics make me miss it even more! The kids look like they are having so much fun. I’ll have to live vicariously through them for another 4 months, I think :-)

    Hannah’s last blog post..Happy Birthday, Rob!

  9. Jen July 31, 2008 2:38 pm edit

    I hate to say this. I really really do. But I’m going to.


    I’m sick of sweeping piles and piles of sand from my house EVERYDAY, of being too hot too cook. My tank tops are all getting work out and I long to wear jeans and sweaters, take Abby to preschool, make home made buns, get on schedule.

    but after fall comes winter. And that’s the only reason I’m hoping summer hangs around for just awhile longer.

    Jen’s last blog post..Uninspired

  10. Loralee July 31, 2008 3:34 pm edit

    I miss the temperature of the Pacific Northwest. I’m DYING here in the desert sun. Gah!

    And? That photo you took of me talking to Whoorl is one of my very favorite things, ever!

    Loralee’s last blog post..Pretty is as pretty does. Unless you are Whoorl. Then you can stick a McDonalds hat on your head and STILL look freaking gorgeous.

  11. angella July 31, 2008 3:35 pm edit

    The one of you chomping on a burger with Moose in the background being all cute is a close second!

  12. bethany actually July 31, 2008 3:37 pm edit

    In response to She Likes Purple: But you get to have winter in central Texas, which is a totally different thing from winter in British Columbia. Of course, I feel the same way since I live in Southern California now. Bring on the winter!

    I do miss the water park in our little town in Maryland, though. *sniff!*

    bethany actually’s last blog post..Can’t sleep? Might as well blog.

  13. bethany actually July 31, 2008 3:38 pm edit

    Also, this:


    made me laugh out loud. :-)

    bethany actually’s last blog post..Can’t sleep? Might as well blog.

  14. Maria July 31, 2008 5:45 pm edit

    They look sooo happy and adorable. I don’t like the winter either. Brrrr!

    Maria’s last blog post..Tenderhearted.

  15. Marcie July 31, 2008 5:56 pm edit


    That last picture is PRICELESS!

    Marcie’s last blog post..Water Park Fun

  16. Michele July 31, 2008 7:00 pm edit

    Great pictures! I love summer, too. But I also love when fall blows in.

    Michele’s last blog post..And?Three Men were on a Hike!

  17. Suebob July 31, 2008 8:52 pm edit

    Poor babies. So tormented.

    Suebob’s last blog post..Rolla coaster, ooh oooh oooh

  18. Michele July 31, 2008 9:19 pm edit

    Those pictures had me giggling! Look at the faces of those kids!!! Graham is looking so grown up! We had rain, rain and more rain here today. Makes me wonder what’s happened to our summer!?!

  19. Camels & Chocolate August 1, 2008 12:11 am edit

    Such great action shots! And since I moved to SF, I had to come to terms with the fact that I will NEVER AGAIN HAVE SEASONS!!!

    Camels & Chocolate’s last blog post..But a Mere Toddler

  20. Rhi August 1, 2008 4:15 pm edit

    Those children look miserable. How dare you force them to play at the water park.

    Rhi’s last blog post..Oh, right! Friday Bullets

  21. Mrs. Wilson August 1, 2008 4:26 pm edit

    Oh I am SO with you! It is SO SO SO hot here!!! I know I’ll long for the hot during our 10 (okay 6-8) months of winter, but right now I’m LONGING for coldness!!

    Mrs. Wilson’s last blog post..I’ll write more later but …

  22. Sue August 2, 2008 1:22 pm edit

    I’m trying not to wish the summer away, but the lack of routine is killing me more than a little. That, and the fact that I am the cruise director all.day.every.day. I just want to sit and drink coffee and read blogs sometimes!

    Sue’s last blog post..Mommy Guilt in a Picture

  23. Kristabella August 5, 2008 1:46 pm edit

    I’m with your sister! I love routine!

    And I’m almost done with summer only because I’m so tired of the humidity!

    And then I remember San Francisco and the cold and I stop complaining. :)

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Mother Nature: Providing Drama Since The Dawn Of Time

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