When I was still in school summer was always my favorite season. The weather was nice, we were out and about all day, went on unforgettable family vacations in Italy, spend all day windsurfing, playing at the beach with friends, enjoyed good food, didn’t worry about a thing, most of the time didn’t have to do anything tasks or homework, the parents were a pretty in a good mood as well and it was just a good time overall.
Also, our back then six weeks of school vacation felt forever and always too short at the same time. When it was time to go back to school we were excited about the first day and also sad that the summer felt like it was over.
If you were lucky you could still wear your brand-new Italian summer dresses and there were a few more things lined up on the calendar (like birthday parties and summer garden parties in the neighborhood) that still gave you a little bit of the light and happy feeling before fall would kick in right away.
Actually, this is a little bit how I feel these days. It feels like we took off after Lucy was born in May, got to enjoy some free time in Portland before we left for Germany to spend the rest of this summer with family and friends back in our home country. Once we got back we topped it off with a road trip along the west coast.
And here I am today. The big kids left last night and this morning has become the first “back to school” day. It’s still pretty outside, I am excited to have access to my full wardrobe again and I enjoy the fact that everything fits me again (It’s pretty much comparable to being 16 and wearing your new cool denim skirt that you got in Italy on your first day back to school).
As always on your first day back you get your schedule and time table for the next couple months and this is exactly what I am trying to put together for me as well today.
We are so glad about our Nanny which was the best found ever and plays an important piece talking schedule. I am super grateful to have her and get a little bit part time support to have time for my never-ending to-do list and as well as all the things I love and to do where Lucy can’t really be around.
Anyway, for me my schedule will contain a lot of things but first and fore most the plan is to finish my book. Not only that I don’t want to keep anybody waiting any longer, I also need to do this for myself as it is all in my head and it needs to be put down on paper. Besides that, it has been my goal all year, so of course I want to reach it.
We loved the summer, we loved having so much time and we enjoyed the feeling of having a true family summer with friends, family, sun, travel and just time. Time to hang, to relax, to play to think and to refuel. I can definitely say that Lucy turned our lives around and showed us once again what life is all about in the end of the day. There is nothing more important that this little tiny sweat peanut that cries, poops, eats, sleeps and seems to be confused from time to time. Oh, and I forgot, yes, they also smile sometimes ;-).
Having that said I am even happier to realize that the content, my views, my perspective and what I am writing about haven’t changed at all and that I still believe in the quotes, the title, the stories and advices I’d like to share based on my experiences and my own personal story.
I can definitely say that I am looking forward to the next couple months and will do my best to keep you updated on the blog, share some sneak previews around the book as well as invite you to follow my daily life in Portlandia and other great places in this wonderful world.
Stay tuned, stay rad and happy fall y’all.