...school is out, and none of us can quite remember what day it is anymore without our schedule!
...the daily "routine" shifts from afterschool play/homework/dinner at 6/early bedtime to: play all day/eat when we're hungry/go to bed when it gets dark, watching the fireflies wink on and off.
...my morning "beauty ritual" (such as it is) becomes: ponytail and tinted moisturizer (SPF 150 or so).
...the boys set a new record by voicing their first whiny "I'm bored" of the day at 9:33 a.m. (EST). This is immediately followed by Mom's first emphatic "go find something to do!" at 9:34.
...it seems perfectly reasonable to finish each meal with ice cream. (Okay, maybe not breakfast.)
...we check the progress of the local corn as we drive past fields every day. I grew up hearing "knee-high by the 4th of July" (an old farm saying, maybe?) and this actually seems to be accurate!
..."formal dressing" means I change out of shorts (or a bathing suit) and flip-flops, into capris and sandals....and only when absolutely necessary.
..."we'll be outside!" followed by a slamming door lets me know where my children are.
...and finally, as we approach Major League Baseball's All-Star Break, the Orioles can be counted on to be in last place in their division. Hey, it's an American tradition, like hotdogs and fireworks!