A Little Whimsy

Oh, Friday. You are my favorite. I could probably come up with a good reason for liking almost every day of the week, but Friday is my day to blog so we’ll go with Friday as being my favorite day of the week. It’s been a pretty quiet week here at 433, with not a lot to report on the blog front, but I am feeling pretty inspired by a quote shared by someone on our Facebook page yesterday:

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”

-Mary Oliver

One of my favorite things lately has been using Instagram to capture my favorite things- anything that is happy and whimsical and instantly makes me smile- it’s getting Instagrammed! My favorite place in the entire world (my apartment), my 90 lb puppy, the first flowers of spring, my niece (actually my bff’s daughter, but more like a niece! And she is going to be a big sister next month!), everything! I realized that since I moved to Fort Wayne last summer, my life has been just one big blur and flurry of activity. First it was July, and then it was Thanksgiving, and now it’s almost time for Art Fair??? How did this happen?! So I decided last week that every single chance I get I am going to force myself to slow down and just appreciate the little things that I’ve been rushing through.


I think I’ve got the always being whimsical part down pretty good- there’s nothing I love more than a little silliness in the middle of being serious. But the taking responsibility for my own life- and not letting my own life be so busy that it passes me by- I am definitely going to be working on that. Starting yesterday. So thank you, Mary Oliver, for penning those words that have already begun changing my life.

And because I’m looking at the shelf where the hobo bags live, and we haven’t done a contest in a while, how about a hobo bag giveaway?! Just leave a comment sharing one way that you plan on slowing down and enjoying this summer, and I’ll pick a lucky lady on Monday to receive a braaaand neeewww hobo bag!!


Happy Weekend!

love, desi


Marla - April 30, 2012 - 7:52 am

I plan on cutting down on the summer activities and just having some lazy days at the local pool! πŸ™‚

Kourtney - April 30, 2012 - 7:25 am

I plan on spending my summer outdoors with my two precious girls. I see the pool,parks and zoos in our summer plans.

Kari Bennett - April 30, 2012 - 6:58 am

I am going to try my hardest to not take life so seriously. With 3 teenagers and a 2 year old, plus working full time, life can be pretty serious. I will promise to laugh more and love more!!!!

Julie Clancy - April 30, 2012 - 6:46 am

The one way we’re planning to slow down this summer is to buy a camper and park it for the summer at a campsite near the lake. The only worry we’ll have is whether the kids needs another layer of sunscreen and if we have enough wood for our nightly fire (and cold drinks once the kiddos go to bed!)

Leticia T-B - April 30, 2012 - 6:41 am

Everyone in the world thinks that teachers have summers “off,” well, except for other teachers! Most of my summers are filled with curriculum document re-writes, Professional Development, education planning, continuing ed classes, meetings, etc.; however, I vow that this summer will be different! I plan to spend the summer enjoying my time “off” with my children and friends! YAY πŸ™‚

Rebecca S. P - April 30, 2012 - 6:17 am

I plan on slowing down this summer by enjoying the little moments with my daughter. I have another one on the way and want to cherish every moment this summer with her before the new baby comes and rocks her little world.

Gretchen Carrel - April 30, 2012 - 6:16 am

I plan on relaxing at my parents Lake Cottage with my girls! Thanks Desi! πŸ™‚

Laura L. A. - April 30, 2012 - 6:08 am

I will definitely be slowing down this summer… expecting baby #4 (unplanned) in June and feel like I don’t remember what my older children were like as infants because I was either a scared, new mother or a new mother with two toddlers running around. My kids, ages 10, 9 and 6 are very independent now. I feel I can slow down and just enjoy each day this summer… watching the kids learn and grow, enjoying family time with bar-b-ques and hot dog roasts and star gazing and fruit and vegetable raising… really enjoying the beautiful family that the Lord has blessed me with. πŸ™‚

Mom of 5 - April 30, 2012 - 5:55 am

we live 15 minutes from the beach -what better way to spend the summer and slow down from the craziness of life-we will be visiting the beach alot this summer

Kim G - April 30, 2012 - 5:28 am

Spend less time on Facebook and more time with the kiddos

Bridgette Lott - April 30, 2012 - 5:13 am

One thing I plan on doing this summer is renting a beach house for a week and taking my entire family! My grandchildren keep me in stitches with the things they say!

Kari - April 30, 2012 - 5:06 am

This summer I will be spending more time with my two girls (2 1/2 and 4 months). When the last school bell rings, mom leaves all the stress of work behind and can relax and have fun all summer long!

Erin sumners - April 30, 2012 - 4:33 am

stay off of the internet and “crazy everything” phone and enjoy the warm weather with my kiddos more πŸ™‚

Michelle Lynch - April 30, 2012 - 12:21 am

I love just getting outside with my family! Being out in nature enjoying the fresh air, time seems to slow down. A play at the park, a nice hike on a trail, swim at the lake or exploration on the beach it’s the best time. Camping is also right up there, a new and forever family tradition, no technology slows things right down!

Leslie LaBarge - April 29, 2012 - 10:14 pm

My daughters are nearly 9 years apart in age {what can I say, I needed a BIG break in between the two of them}. My oldest will be starting high school next fall, and my youngest will be headed off for kindergarten. The fact they’ll both be enjoying such milestones at the same time brings a lot of tears to my eyes. I started a small business when my youngest dd was just a baby and being the only employee, it made for a lot of hours of work. When my days began to require me to sit at the sewing machine for 12 hours a day, we decided the youngest would head off to daycare. Knowing what this coming fall means for us as a family, I decided to spend this summer on the slow down track and keep my little 5 year old home with me so I can enjoy every last moment of summer time with both of my girls. I’ve decided that my new favorite word will simply be yes. When they ask to go to the park, to go on a walk, head to the lake or just enjoy an ice cream cone, I plan on saying YES. I look into the eyes of my teenager and the thoughts of college are filling my mind. I turn to my five year old and realize, it won’t be long until she’s the teenager in the house so this summer will definitely be cherished. It’s so easy to take time for granted.

Shana Hice - April 29, 2012 - 7:15 pm

This summer will be my first with not just one but 2 daughters…we will be shopping, sunning and spending time at the lake. And maybe eyeing a little platinum πŸ™‚

Jennifer Elizabeth - April 29, 2012 - 6:49 pm

This summer I plan to have lots of days just staying at home playing with all 4 kids πŸ™‚

Liz Caiello - April 29, 2012 - 5:40 pm

I am going to say yes to my children’s (6yo g/b twins) requests as often as possible. Oh you may think I am a crazy mom for this, but there are so many reasons they deserve this. There will be boundaries, but I am looking forward to not exactly knowing what each day will bring. Let the summer begin – for us on 5/24!

Katie - April 29, 2012 - 5:29 pm

There is no better way to slow down and enjoy summer by spending time outside BBQ ing with friends and family, kids running around barefoot eating ice cream having so much fun they need a good bath to end the fantastic day ! That is how I will be spending my summer

Alyssa C - April 29, 2012 - 4:30 pm

I plan on taking more time to spend with my little sister Madison. Instead of going out with friends, I’ll be taking her to places like the zoo or the amusement park. She is only going to be little once and I can’t afford to miss these days πŸ™‚

Jeronica Spurlock - April 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

We’re going fishing! We plan on spending some of our time out by the lake with a fishing pole, some worms, and a whole lot of laughs. Certainly a good way to sloooooow down and enjoy all the little things.

Gran - April 29, 2012 - 11:39 am

Have planned several days at the beach with college friends from MANY years ago. So looking forward to this.
Desi, your neice is such a cute girl. Please tell her that Gran would like to join her for some of that yummy treat in her basket.

Carrie Brown - April 29, 2012 - 9:47 am

Well, I wasn’t really planning on slowing down this summer. My summer is busy running my kids to all of their sporting practices/games/tournaments and I LOVE IT!!! We love being busy and staying active! However, I just attempted this crazy-insane-over-the-top Boot Camp a couple of weeks ago and I tripped on the huge weighted ropes and fell. Sprained my ankle GOOD. Still throbbing! Anyway, I didn’t have plans to slow down, but plans were made for me I guess! Such is life! πŸ™‚

Pamela M. - April 29, 2012 - 9:34 am

Great Quote – I love it when we are up north during the summer months and I can sit and watch the sunset go down over the lake…so peaceful and relaxing…no computer and just enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan!

Amy Littlefield - April 29, 2012 - 6:29 am

I consider myself very lucky to have summers off from work. This summer I vow to spend more time with my kids and make it their best summer yet! I find myself saying, “Not right now” or “In a minute, I’m doing something” too often. But that’s about to change!

Nicole D - April 29, 2012 - 12:15 am

I’m going to enjoy our zoo passes a little bit more with our 8 month old daughter!

Keeley - April 28, 2012 - 10:13 pm

I am not going to sweat the small stuff and be present in the moment with my kids therefore I plan on allowing my kids to do the messy activities that I usually try to avoid due to the stress & lack of time that I have to clean up messes. Just take a deep breath and RELAX!!!! Thanks for sharing the quote, those are words to live by!

Nan Tate - April 28, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Taking morning walks with my kids around our neighborhood daily.

Andrea M - April 28, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Lazy saturday mornings at the farmers market, bike rides to the ice cream shoppe, cookouts/deck parties with friends. And lots of time on the boat cruising the lake. Lots of family time:)

Mindy - April 28, 2012 - 8:16 pm

By trying to take more pictures of my sweet little girls and trying to journal a bit. I use to all the time before they came along and I’ve consumed myself with them(not complaining). I want to have these years imprinted πŸ™‚ it certainly does go by way to fast!

Sandra Skevington - April 28, 2012 - 7:54 pm

I have decided to slow down the classes I am taking so I can spend more time with my daughter and husband. We are hoping to start making plans for our next move when we finish school. I think summer just might be the best time to visit a few places to see if we like it. My daughter is turning 2 on May 7th and we weren’t able to have a fun birthday last year so we are planning a super awesome party this year. Hoping all of the grandparents can come as well. This summer is going to be all about getting closer and making memories.

Rachel Wilson - April 28, 2012 - 7:25 pm

Since my baby girl is 13 months old, we spent last summer watching her grow but not do a lot else. πŸ™‚ This summer with her walking and talking we have the chance for lots of fun. We might actually do more this summer, but I’ve already started organizing the house and my cleaning schedule so that this summer is very efficient. We are going to have the most fun for the least work possible. We will be outside as much as possible (which for Texas, means before 10 am) and we’ll spend lots of time at the library.

Echo Perlman - April 28, 2012 - 7:06 pm

With family dinner on the back deck! I love it being light out later for more outdoor fun.

Courtney Voss - April 28, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER! I am currently enrolled in 3 night classes (so 4 nights a week of school for this mamma!) and it is kicking my tail. Thankful that my summer begins in just 2 weeks, because exams will be over and I am taking a much needed time out from school until the fall rolls around. It will feel great to just have “mom” responsibilities instead of “mom and student” responsibilities.

kathy stockdale - April 28, 2012 - 6:54 pm

What a great quote. I found myself wishing that my daughter would grow out of this phase (three) one morning I woke up & realized that I wasnt enjoying what I had right now. Some days are really a challenge but some days are amazing. Since my light bulb moment I wake up every morning and recap the previous day with her and ask her if she has any special wishes for the day. It is something special for her & I to do and it makes me focus just on her. Enjoy the now, sounds so simple but so many times I found myself just waiting for the next day, the next big thing, the next phase, so unfair to the people we love & our selves. Not anymore.

Kate - April 28, 2012 - 6:27 pm

I plan on laughing more…my kids are funny. I want them to love being little girls and to giggle lots. It is good for our souls

Camille Hill - April 28, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Enjoy the new rocking chairs for our double front porches on our classic southern white house. The top porch is right off the master and our little girls room so we can enjoy them every evening before bed together.

Lisa Beard - April 28, 2012 - 5:07 pm

I will be spending time outdoors with my two beautiful girls, playing in the grass blowing bubbles and holding for an extra few seconds during hugs and snuggle time. I try to remind myself daily they are only little once, let them be little and cherish these days.

Alyssa P - April 28, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Enjoying the summer with my family…watching my daughter play with friends…

MandyB - April 28, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Schools out for Summer!! No, that song isn’t coming from my kids…they are not old enough to be in school yet. I am the one looking forward to summer break. I teach 1st grade and have two under age three at home. This June I turn 30 and celebrate 7 years of marriage. WOW where does the time go?! This summer I am going to slow things down and enjoy not rushing out the door each morning, coming home from work to cook, clean and do laundry so I don’t fall behind! I can’t wait to wake up with my kids and make scrambled eggs and pancakes for breakfast! We will spend lots of time at the zoo and just being together most likely outside. I love my job but I am counting down the days…

Heather W. - April 28, 2012 - 2:57 pm

I have been thinking about this same thing of late. I plan on consciously choosing to play with my kids & get a little goofy on when we head outside. I’ve noticed every single time we head out, I do yard work …while they play. I can have fun for just a bit & share in time I will never get back with them.

Jamie M. W. - April 28, 2012 - 12:04 pm

I know this doesn’t quite sound like slowing down, but I”m going to make a list! Yes, I’m a planner, list-maker, etc. But I haven’t done a summer “bucket” list in a long time. The one that brings back memories is one I wrote in college and hung on my closet mirror at my parent’s farm when I was home for the summer. It remained there for quite a few years taunting me every time I opened my closet that I didn’t do it “all”. This time I’m going to be realistic and really evaluate what to put on the list. I want this summer to be full of memories for my two-year-old daughter not a list of over-the-top places and activities to fill time. I’m going for quality this year! I saw something on, yup, Pinterest that was cute: create your bucket list by writing items on clothes pins and clipping them around the edge of the bucket. When one is accomplished, fill the bucket! Too cute! We’re going to fill that (small) bucket this year!

Shannon Hunt - April 28, 2012 - 11:38 am

I’m a teacher so summers are all about slowing down for me! I plan to enjoy my coffee a little more in the morning, savor the time with my kids (esp. my son since he heads to Kindergarten this fall), and soak up the long evenings watching/catching lightning bugs in the neighborhood.

Trish - April 28, 2012 - 11:04 am

Hmmm…tough one! But- since I am off for the summer (I teach)—I think that will be relaxing enough for a few short months! Looking forward to hanging with my little ones!

Katie R. - April 28, 2012 - 9:47 am

I am going to spend the summer enjoying the evenings with my two little ones. Playing outside, going on more bike rides, eating more ice cream and pop-cycles in the backyard. Dishes, laundry, and everything else can wait.

Rebecca Duke - April 28, 2012 - 7:50 am

All I do is GO. Go to work. Go to baseball practice & games. Go to dance. You know- the usual when you have little ones. I’ve learned to breathe- just for a second. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. For me, things are clearer, more vivid.

Alycia - April 28, 2012 - 7:07 am

My sweet babygirl will start Kindergarten in the fall!!! Seriously, where have these past 5 years gone?!? I plan to spend the summer enjoying every single minute that I possibly can with my precious family! We have beach trips planned and lot of other surprise plans too! I have so much to be thankful for and I definitely need to slow down and appreciate all the little things!

Nancy - April 28, 2012 - 6:49 am

Looking forward to slowing down in the homework/project department…so ready for the kids to be out of school so we can just go play at the pool and beach and not be on any deadlines!!

Dawn Hudson - April 28, 2012 - 6:35 am

I am not sure how we are going to slow down. We move from Japan back to the USA in July/August and I feel like I have a million and 1 things to do πŸ™‚ Though I am appreciating that everywhere we go on this wonderful little island (that we have called home for the past 3 years) will be our last visit. The last time to visit our favorite little restaurant, our last time to visit the cute little parks, the worlds second largest Aquarium, the beautiful coral sand beaches…..so many lasts. So, I remind myself to slow down and enjoy every “last” before we move. πŸ™‚

Kim Hood - April 28, 2012 - 6:11 am

This Summer I am going to lay at the beach and watch my husband chase the kids…YAY Summertime!

Mel - April 28, 2012 - 3:18 am

Oh, I always slow way down over the summer and take time for my kids. Days by the pool, trips to our local state park to hang at the beach, walks on the Appalachian trail (also local to us), and night time smores by the fire. The housework doesn’t get done, but the summer is all about the kiddos πŸ™‚

Joann E - April 27, 2012 - 10:58 pm

We are going to spend alot of time at the pool and just have FUN! Thanks for the fun contest πŸ™‚ The hobo would be great to have at the pool πŸ˜‰

Karen K - April 27, 2012 - 10:34 pm

This summer while many moms I know are focusing on finding as many day camps and other extracurricular activities to fill their kid’s days, I will be spending each and every day with my kids. We will be hitting every park around, going to the beach, exploring tidepools and nature trails and just keeping it “old school”. We did this last summer and it was wonderful spending such quality time with them.

Terese Gj. - April 27, 2012 - 10:02 pm

More time outside – in nature. In the woods, at the beach, in the water. Sigh….

Lindsey Defoe - April 27, 2012 - 9:51 pm

My plan is to slow down and cherish all the little moments with my 2 darling little girls. . . Not to worry about the messy house, dirty dishes, and laundrey . . . Just relax and enjoy these moments because they are going to fly by!

Lauren Haun - April 27, 2012 - 9:17 pm

I am a new “Jane” and I’m in LOVE!! BUT… I, too, need to slow down and seize the day more often! I have 3 beautiful children that remind me more often than not that they growing and getting bigger. My four year old tells me that he can’t wait to drive and my two year old tells me that he wants to be big so he can chew gum! I want to say, No, just love being your age and in time it will all come but for now: love that u are four and that you get to help daddy now the grass by sitting in his lap and steer and to my two year old: love that u can now officially say you wear big boy underwear and not diapers. Finally, to my 6 month old baby girl: You must Always and forever wear Matilda Jane! Lol…or just love being a girl and be comfortable in your own skin because it’s perfect the way God made you! So, I say all this to say: I’m going to slow us down to enjoy that ages and stages we are in…and…we will also be going to the pool almost everyday! πŸ™‚

Quincy Barnesky - April 27, 2012 - 9:16 pm

I would love to actually try to take my vacation time this summer. I always get so wrapped up in work that I sometimes sacrifice spending time with my kids to finish work duties. Hopefully, I can spend more time outside with my children and more time just enjoying the summer weather, the beach, the cottage, the park and anything my kids want to do!

Alyssa C - April 27, 2012 - 9:00 pm

I will look forward to things slowing down this summer when my husband returns home to our family after fulfilling military responsibilities far from home, so we can all enjoy lazy days of outdoor summer fun together!

Michelle Lynch - April 27, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Ahhhh, slowing down:) Our third will probably be walking this summer so may not be too much slowing down! but i find anytime we get out in nature things slow down. A nice day at the beach exploring or a walk through the woods. Mmmmmm enjoying some icecream at our local pier:) And my all time favorite swimming solo at the lake, swimming as far as i can, peace and tranquility.

Jennifer Weiher - April 27, 2012 - 8:39 pm

More time spent cuddling with my daughter reading our favorite stories and watching our favorite movies. Lazy summer days going for a stroll or playing in the park. Just soaking up as much time as we can as a family!

Jami H - April 27, 2012 - 8:14 pm

I plan to slow down and capture life on film. I love taking pictures of my little boy all the time! I am super excited to get the outdoor playful pictures, blowing bubbles, mud pies, catching lighting bugs, etc. For if to stop time for eternity!

Megan B - April 27, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Us moms are ALWAYS super busy, right?! I am going to slow down and make a commitment to do something(s) for myself. I want to learn to sew and I am going to read more. Nothing like sitting outside and reading a good book. Can’t wait! Come on summer!

Melissa D. - April 27, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Good evening desi….Since my work schedule is Friday days through Monday night, some mid-week slow down will be much appreciated. Excited to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with my family. Long walks through the nature trail hoping to spot some butterflies, turtles and even little ssssnakes……eek….but my daughter gets a kick out of them. Picnics, tea parties and maybe even some finger painting followed by a run through the sprinkler with my 2 1/2 year. Relaxing anticipation! Looking forwad to a “Serendipity Summer” ~Melissa

Melissa D - April 27, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Since my work schedule is Friday days through Monday night, some mid-week slow down will be much appriecated. Excited to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with my family. Long walks through the nature trail hoping to spot some butterflies, turtles and even little ssssnakes….eek…but my daughter gets a kick out of them. Picnics, tea parties and maybe even some finger painting followed by a run through the sprinkler with my 2 1/2 year old!

Jennifer Lempesis - April 27, 2012 - 7:47 pm

I plan on slowing down this summer by simply realizing that Olivia will never be this age again. Babies bring you back to center and an entire day filled with bubbles, swings, and running in the grass really is enough to fill your cup. I plan to fill my cup every chance I can with my little darling. I hope that everyone of us can end the day exhausted by pure happiness.

Connie Canham - April 27, 2012 - 7:45 pm

So my idea of slowing down this summer may not result in a slow down right away, but a move that is going to slow down the rest of my life. Just this week my husband and I applied for teaching jobs in the Durango area of Colorado. We are both teachers in a mid sized town with pretty large schools. It has always been a dream of ours to move from Tennessee, which is by the way beautiful, to Colorado. Just about every year since before we were married (15 years next month) we have vacationed there. Our 7 year old daughter begs everyday to move there. Small towns, small schools, quaint relaxed towns- sounds like relaxing and slowing down to me. Crossing our fingers that we get those jobs!!!

Mary Elizabeth Pounders - April 27, 2012 - 7:33 pm

My sweet girl is 5, growing so fast. I have promised to spend all our free time this summer doing FUN stuff. We have gotten a membership at our local pool, so we will get to spend lots of time playing! looking forward to sunny days ahead…..

Rebecca C - April 27, 2012 - 7:31 pm

I plan to slow down by being a little more carefree in my parenting. That includes, letting them eat pizza without a full shirt bib, finger painting on the porch, slip and slides, helping them build mud homes for worms, etc.

Jennifer Valsted - April 27, 2012 - 7:31 pm

This summer we plan on slowing down by sleeping in most mornings and taking each day as it comes, without a set schedule for a change…be it going to the pool, seeing a movie, or just lounging around the house in our PJs. Can’t wait!!

Michelle RM - April 27, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Being a teacher, I am thankful that I am able to enjoy the summer off with my kiddos. For me, slowing down means tending to our veggie garden together, the kids and I love it, and we enjoy eating our fresh-picked, homegrown veggies…Yum!!

Becky - April 27, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Taking my kiddos to the pool. Daily. πŸ™‚

Melissa T - April 27, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I plan to take my turn playing at the park while the kiddos watch me πŸ™‚

stacy Hill - April 27, 2012 - 7:02 pm

I am going to try to keep summer slow by not over commiting to a bunch of activities for the kids. Lots of lazy beach days, bike rides and just spending time in our back yard!

Meghan wise - April 27, 2012 - 5:45 pm

This summer I plan on slowing down not worrying about the house chores and spending quality time with my two beautiful children. I especially look forward to playing with them on the new swing set and surrounded the beautiful garden which was recently deceased aunt planted last year. Life it much too short. This year I really strive to focus on what is important. The love of my family which is evidenced in the beautiful garden that is blooming all around me

Katelyn McDermott - April 27, 2012 - 4:34 pm

I’m staying in my college town for the summer and working as a marketing intern but I can’t WAIT to go to the pool, hit up some farmers markets, read out in the sun, and go to Art Fair OF COURSE!

Amy B. - April 27, 2012 - 4:14 pm

I plan on spending lots of time with family. My 4 year old has always attended a mother’s day out program 2 days a week. She has taken gymnastic, ballet and tap dance. This summer, I didn’t sign her up for anything. I want to enjoy my summer doing what she wants to do. I am really hoping it includes any days at the pool! My son is now old enough to drive himself. So, no more “Taxi Mom” to 6am football workouts for me!
Oh yea! I forgot to mention, I really want to sleep in at least one day a week. A mom can wish right??

Linda Patterson - April 27, 2012 - 3:33 pm

we are planning on going to the beach more. I grew up going all the time, but my husband never did…so we don’t. I had a heart to heart with him about feeling in a work/sleep/work rut…so off this weekend we are going to the beach! I am so super excited! We plan to make it a monthly trip πŸ™‚ It is hard to slow down when life moves so fast!!

Brandie C. - April 27, 2012 - 3:28 pm

I plan to slow down this summer by making sure that for at least an hour everyday….I sit down on a blanket in the yard and play a game, draw, color, paint, play with clay or play doh with my kids and have fun conversations that I will record. Every evening I sit in peace as I am relaxing after the hustle and bustle and have solid regret over not enough time to connect with my kids on a creative level. It’s always the Momma/child role with little blurbs of fun here and there as we home school, taxi them through town to all their extra curricular activities, and events etc. I want more time, the time that matters the most that passes too quickly everyday. I want them to share their ideas, secrets, dreams and passions and I want to help them make them happen!

Candace Love - April 27, 2012 - 2:54 pm

I am going to spend my summer working at Empower Me Day Camp. It is a camp for kids and young adults with disabilities in my sweet, small town of Lebanon, Tennessee. It is my favorite place to be. It makes me take a step back from my own troubles and focus on what is really important, happiness! I plan to celebrate every glorious, hot summer moment while making sweet campers smile! I truly can NOT wait!

Heidi Anderson - April 27, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Our plans for summer are to be more spontaneous! Our summers can be short (we live in MT) so we will do everything outside as much as we can! We LOVE summer here!

Melissa Demergis - April 27, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Since my work schedule is Friday days through Monday night, some mid-week slow down will be much appriecated. Excited to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with my family. Long walks through the nature trail hoping to spot some butterflies, turtles and even little ssssnakes….eek…but my daughter gets a kick out of them. Picnics, tea parties and maybe even some finger painting followed by a run through the sprinkler with my 2 1/2 year old! Just making fond memories πŸ™‚

Heather D. - April 27, 2012 - 2:03 pm

Thanks for the quote. I love it! I plan to have a “playdate” for myself everytime one of my kids do. If they have a friend over, I get to have one over too! What a great way to connect with old friends over the summer. Kids shouldn’t have all the fun you know! πŸ™‚

Kristen W. - April 27, 2012 - 1:39 pm

I plan to teach my daughter to ride her bike, walk to the farmer’s market Saturday mornings, and read lots of lots of books!

Krista B - April 27, 2012 - 1:29 pm

I plan to take advantage of the warm summer nights to enjoy friends after the kiddos are in dreamland. During the school year everything is so scheduled and busy but I love summer because you can sit outside, drink wine and chat with friends and family into the wee hours of the morning (in person or by phone!).

Dawn Brown - April 27, 2012 - 12:56 pm

I cannot wait to ride our bikes down to the local farmer’s market and let my children pick out some beautifully fresh and locally grown yummies that we can go home and prepare for summer dinners.. always in the backyard!! Needless to say, we’ll be wearing our shorties and shabbys and smiling serendipity smiles..:)))

Mary Sennhenn Patterson - April 27, 2012 - 12:55 pm

I am going to take some time off of work this summer to spend with my daughter who will be kindergarten next school year.

rajitha solecki - April 27, 2012 - 12:34 pm

we will spend saturdays at the beach with the kids!:) we live 10 min from the beach πŸ™‚

Ginger - April 27, 2012 - 12:30 pm

I’m not going to over commit and over plan anymore—just go with the flow.

rachel b - April 27, 2012 - 12:25 pm

i’m not going to over-schedule my kids’ summer break – we’re going to slow down & enjoy each other!!

Laureen - April 27, 2012 - 12:19 pm

I plan on just keeping it simple…easy light meals,scrap-booking with the kids,to document our wonderful year-round memories.
Nice trail walks…collecting wild flowers,leafs and anything else interesting enough to put in our nature collage’s, while sipping on some sweet tea or lemon aid, and we can’t forget tons of fun in the sun(splish-splash)keep it fun not hectic…Gotta LOVE “Lazy Summer Days”

Jill L. - April 27, 2012 - 12:02 pm

I am going to slow down by enjoying the evenings my husband and I have with our kids and not being stuch a stickler about bedtime. We’ll play in the dirt, have a baseball game in the backyard, popsicles, and make sure the suds in the bathrub are really full of dirt from a good day’s play. πŸ™‚

Tracy D - April 27, 2012 - 11:58 am

We are not going to officially agree to do anything all summer. I hope to spend as much time as possible reading and swimming with my family as I can. This year my family is taking it’s summer back!

Rhianna - April 27, 2012 - 11:58 am

Hey Desi! This summer, I am going to slow down and enjoy time off. Eat ice cream, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with my baby girl and awesome husband!

Sara - April 27, 2012 - 11:36 am

I’m going to try to read in the hammock more.

Jennifer K - April 27, 2012 - 11:16 am

This summer I am vowing to have a messy house, but happy kids!! Time is flying by too fast. I want to enjoy as much of them as I can. I will work/clean at night when they are sleeping….that is my summer plan!

Jamie B - April 27, 2012 - 11:09 am

I am going to slow down and enjoy all the blessings in my life. Rather it’s through a cup of coffee, spending time with my daughter and husband, at work or laying in the sun. I recognize all I have been blessed with but don’t know that I have taken the time to appreciate all of it.

Kealii - April 27, 2012 - 10:55 am

Thank you. With my little keiki’s(children in Hawaiian) we plan on creating alot of fun. As long as we are together its always crazy fun. Most of our fun will envolve the outdoors and our swimsuits:) although my 8 and 5 year old are planning a “messy party” something with Pudding painting,swimming pool with jello, probably a cream pie fight.. Oh boy:)!

April from FL - April 27, 2012 - 10:53 am

Funny you should ask… I was just telling my husband that we need to spend more time this summer showing our kids how wonderful and relaxing it is to grow up in the south. You know… drinking sweet tea on the patio, fishing in the ponds (and lets not forget catching frogs!), swimming, and finishing the day by catching lightning bugs or watching a movie at drive-in (yes- there are still drive-in movie theaters in FL!). Happy Friday y’all! 😎

amy boutin - April 27, 2012 - 10:46 am

I joined the YMCA so I can spend some time playing with my kids.

Amanda R in TN - April 27, 2012 - 10:43 am

I will spend more time having tea parties and planting pretend gardens with my girlies. I do think that if I slowed down enough I could literally watch them grow. Amazing how time flies!!

Leah D. - April 27, 2012 - 10:41 am

Beach day to enjoy the sun, water and sand!

Leah D. - April 27, 2012 - 10:39 am

One way of me slowing down and enjoying the summer is to spend a beautiful day at the beach to enjoy the sun, water and sand!

Tammy Taylor - April 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

My summer plan to slow down is to sleep in with my kiddo’s and try to get an evening walk in with the family. I am also looking forward to spending days at the park enjoying nature and of course an icecream every now and then.

Kelly O - April 27, 2012 - 10:32 am

I have been using the moto…. there is laundry to be done…dishes that need to be washed…beds to be made ….so my house maybe dirty but my kids are happy πŸ™‚ … and this is sooo true… I was so worried about getting my house nice and neat…for what?…nobody to see….hahaha I make sure my kids are happy first and house clean second!!

Allison E - April 27, 2012 - 10:30 am

We are going to enjoy camping, hiking and fishing and reading a good ole book πŸ™‚

Jenn from ga - April 27, 2012 - 10:26 am

While I don’t know if moving from Georgia to ohio will allow for me to slow down much but I do plan to soak up the time I will be jobless for the move and spend every moment possible with my two girls!!!!:)

megs p - April 27, 2012 - 10:24 am

I am going to slow down this summer by getting up early to enjoy a cup of tea on the back deck with my hubby before we start our fun days of summer. My daughter and I are going to slow down this summer and enjoy an afternoon in the sprinklers and maybe a picnic under a big shady tree. Its the simple things I love about summer. Thanks for the fun contest. Happy Friday

Pam Lee - April 27, 2012 - 10:23 am

I plan on taking the time when I get off work each day to enjoy the summer weather outside with my little boy. He’s 18 months old and LOVES to be outside playing with a ball, swinging, riding in his motorized car. He’s all boy and seeing him laugh and play makes me smile and happy even when I’m hot and ready to go in πŸ™‚

Priscilla Bockelman - April 27, 2012 - 10:21 am

It’s a little past summer…but in September….my husband and I are going on our third cruise together. We went for our honeymoon and our one year anniversary, but weren’t able to go last year due to other financial issues. So we made it a point to schedule one for this year and we can’t wait! We love our time that it gives us away from work, stress, bills, etc. You don’t have to cook, clean, or drive either so it’ll be a week of relaxing Paradise!! Thanks for a great giveaway MJC!!!

calah young - April 27, 2012 - 10:15 am

We just moved to a new city. Left behind my job and friends…talk about taking it easy…I’m looking for things to fill my time!

Meredith Blair - April 27, 2012 - 10:12 am

My husband and I are both school teachers so we plan on staying home as much as possible this summer. We know we want to relax and be able to spend quality time with our 3 kids.

Monika M. - April 27, 2012 - 10:05 am

We always slow WAY down during summer, simply because we’re staying at my parent’s in Switzerland for 5 weeks. The kids don’t have many toys there, so they use their imagination… my parents love any kind of card game, so a good portion of the day is spent playing UNO or Skip-Bo. And lots of walks… like every evening… just enjoying the views and each other. Sigh, can’t wait for summer!!! On another note, your instagram comment made me giggle… I’m known for taking too many pics of my doggie ;-).

amy j. - April 27, 2012 - 10:04 am

hoping to slow down by taking time out to be with my son more…i sure don’t want him to grow up thinking that i was always too busy with other things where i couldn’t spend time with him.

Dawn M - April 27, 2012 - 10:02 am

One way that I plan on slowing down and enjoying the summer is RELAX AND TAKE IN THE ATMOSPHERE! I am always cleaning, doing laundry or running around doing errands. I need to stop and play more! Time is flying past me and I feel as if I do not get to really relax! I am going to try to make 1 day cleaning day and the rest enjoyment days with my family. We are going to enjoy the outdoors and absorb in the relaxation.
Have a great weekend!

Paula T. - April 27, 2012 - 9:56 am

Being off from school to RELAX with my boys! I can’t wait for sleeping in, baseball games, swimming, and road trips!

Betsy r - April 27, 2012 - 9:49 am

I love instagram!!!! We getting ready to move so slowing down seems impossible right now but I am trying to capture a picture a day of our everyday to see all I have to be thankful for!!

Tracey - April 27, 2012 - 9:33 am

How do I plan on slowing down and enjoying the summer? Daily swims with my girls! Not better way to wind down after a hot day then a quiet early evening swim when the sun is setting!!!

Davene - April 27, 2012 - 9:12 am

My daughters love to swing and color with chalk on our driveway. To be honest it relaxes me too. I’m looking forward to carefree afternoons swinging and drawing with my girls.

Tisha Denny - April 27, 2012 - 9:11 am

At the end of a busy workday, watching the kids swim in the pool…relaxing on the glider with my hubby as we sip sweet tea!

Sarah L-B - April 27, 2012 - 9:04 am

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is packing a lunch and spending the afternoon at the pool playing with my kids πŸ™‚

Caryn Sachar - April 27, 2012 - 8:59 am

Slow down…I just want ONE extra hour of sleep each morning this summer…and hoping the kids let me do it!

Natalie Stuart - April 27, 2012 - 8:41 am

I MUST slow down in order to enjoy the summer! Just taking a break from full time school with automatically help with that. However, taking time to do something simple and fun for the kids everyday will be my way to slow down this summer. You know, like having a popsicle, watching a movie, going for an evening walk, taking pictures of my girls in their Matilda Jane…the list goes on!

Sophie~Bug's Mom - April 27, 2012 - 8:36 am

My plan is to spend more time at the park with my daughter… picnics, splashing in the creek, looking up at the shapes in the clouds.

Lara H - April 27, 2012 - 8:31 am

I’m going to slow down this summer by not having any “kid” sports on Saturday’s. Moved to Tuesday gymnastics so we can not constantly always be on the go every Saturday! Want to enjoy beaches, lakes and my house for a change! Happy weekend to you!