I love not waking up to the annoying alarm clock. Instead I either get a good-bye kiss from Chris, or a very happy Audrey bouncing on my bed. I love taking our time in the mornings; there's no rushing around to get ready. Instead Audrey leisurely plays while I fix her breakfast. The dishes and a shower can wait until we've played for awhile. I love that Audrey still likes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (which makes getting things done SO much easier! I love that I can lose track of what day it is. Instead of worrying about creating a week's worth of lesson plans, I can merely check out my favorite education blogs/sites and peruse the Lakeshore catalog. No report cards, grading, or preparing for Child Study meetings on my weekends! I love that I can stay up late. Instead of crashing into my bed at 8:30, I can stay up long into the hours of the night, long after sweet Audrey has fallen asleep. I can watch fun summer tv (most of which I turned Chris onto;)) or read in bed. I love that I can read for pleasure! Instead of going straight to sleep I can read several chapters of a riveting book (and thanks to my friend Laura, I have a huge stack of James Patterson books waiting for me.) I love that I can take Audrey out and about in the middle of the day where there's not much traffic, not many people. Instead of doing our grocery shopping on Saturday morning, we can go any time! Instead of trying to cram our weekend full of household chores, it can all be spread out.
There are so many things I love about summer. I am very grateful that my job allows me to be off this time of the year. I think every profession should have some kind of extended R&R period...it's good for the mind and body!