Marking Milestones

Marking Milestones

Today is the last day of school. The last day of middle school for my daughter and the last day of elementary for my son.   It’s a big day.  The last day of school always fills me with dread, how will I keep them busy?  What will I do with them at home all summer?  How will I handle the repeated moans of ‘I’m bored’?  However this year, I’m feeling…… a little excited.

No. 6 - Last Day of School by J u n g a - Retiring, for now., via Flickr follow

I read a short post a while back, from The Nester’s Blog, titled 18 Summers, How Many do You Have Left.  It is a quick but thought-provoking post about the time we have with our children before they leave for college, and eventually adulthood.  For me, when the kids were younger, I rarely had thoughts of them leaving the nest, it just seemed like so far in the future.  But now it seems, the future is knocking at my door.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . . . " ~Revelation 3:20


These two, once tiny, creatures have grown into wonderful, fun, young people who I really enjoy hanging out with.  I don’t have any magical ideas about how to fill our days with adventure, no wisdom to answer the ‘I’m bored’ dilemma, (go clean your room is my default answer), my plan is simple.  I’m going to enjoy my family this summer!  Not to say that I don’t always enjoy them, I usually do, but it’s very easy in this hectic life to zip from day-to-day with out marking the special moments, and then……. they are gone.  And we only have just a few summers left!

So today, just for the 4 of us, I’m planning a Last Day of Middle/Elementary School Party!  Hot Dogs, Watermelon, and I’ve made homemade Ice Cream!  Using Alton Brown’s fantastic recipe found here.  It is so worth the trouble!

Vanilla Ice Cream from  This ice cream is soft and has a whipped like texture.  So delicious!

There will certainly be card games, and if the weather holds, we may all just jump in the swimming pool!  We are going to consciously ‘mark’ this special milestone in their lives, it will never come again.

Have any fun summer ideas??  I’d love to hear them!!


4 Responses

  1. Shirley
    Shirley June 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm | | Reply

    Love your post, Claire. You are soooo right about the kids being gone before you know it. Enjoy your summer with them. Miss you all.

  2. Annbeth Winters
    Annbeth Winters June 11, 2015 at 8:33 am | | Reply

    The best summer thing we did with my 3 children was an act of fate.My husband lost his job and we took advantage of the situation.It was in the seventies, We bought a VW poptop camper.Never having camped in our lives.Went cross country from the east cost to the west and even into mexico.Went to many national parks, The only time we slept in a bed was a visit to my brother in California. IT WAS THE BEST

  3. Marjorie
    Marjorie June 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm | | Reply

    A parents job is to teach their children how to be independent. The bad thing is that if you do a good job before you know it they are grown and heading out the door. Enjoy while you are teaching them, the time passes far to quickly.

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