But, August is right around the corner and schools will be starting, including Landon's preschool, and I am reflecting on - what I'm calling - The Best Summer Yet.
I LOVE me some Fall/Winter Holidays. Like, LOVE them. I put my Fall decorations out as soon as mid-September hits. I put my Christmas stuff out before Thanksgiving and leave it up well into January. But ultimately, I'm a Summer girl. I equally LOVE Summer vacations and pool days. I was a lifeguard for 7+ years in High School and College which I think helped establish my love for Summer.
I was in need of some new bathing suits this Summer. I LOVE bathing suits. I actually have way more than I need, but I love them. And I wear them all. I joke with my friends and say I have a bathing suit for every situation, audience, and activity. :) This post two kids body - who I nursed for a combined 2 years - needed new bathing suits. None of what I had fit right anymore.
I was looking online and decided to do something I hadn't done in YEARS. (5 years to be exact) I bought my first two piece bathing suits. Target had some really cute, modest and flattering two pieces that had longer tops that were between bikini and tankini. Perfect for me. I have a short torso so these tops hit me in just the right place. Plus, I discovered Cupshe and bought two high waisted two pieces from them too.
That decision has ushered in The Best Summer Yet. For the first time in a LONG time, I chose to focus on the splashes with my kids and not the jiggles. I was so passionate and convicted about it, I even wrote a blog and challenged you with it too. It really resonated with a LOT of you and that helped reassure me that I was right. Who cares what I look like in my bathing suit? I'm chasing my kids around the pool anyways? I'm holding my daughter. I'm swimming after my son. I'm laughing. I'm splashing. I'm making my kids laugh with games and cannon balls. I'm making memories.
I got to this place where I just realized that yes other people may look at me and think certain things about my body. I know that happens. But I just adopted this attitude of WHO CARES. It doesn't matter if my belly pooches more than it did when I was 28. I mean that was a LONG TIME ago! Of course it's going to be different. That belly stretched out to grow and protect our kids for 2 full term pregnancies. Other parts of my body also stretched out and grew to FEED our kids for a total of TWO YEARS. Somebody can look at me and think a negative thought, or judge me, or compare, and I remind myself WHO CARES. I have these 2 amazing little miracles that are 150% worth it.
Having adopted this attitude at the beginning of the Summer has made this Summer the best yet. I told you I love Summer and I have so much fun each year. But this Summer I've had a complete blast. I've absolutely loved focusing on my kids and making memories with them over anything else. When I put on my bathing suit, instead of looking at the areas I wish looked different, I smile and say to myself "let's do this. Let's go have some fun!"
Summer is almost over, but there's still time for you to adopt my WHO CARES attitude and enjoy the time with your kids. Even if you're not in a warm enough area or have access to a pool. You might never put on bathing suits. That's fine. Just figure out what it is for you. Is it shorts? Is it tank tops? Is it dresses? Jeans? WHO CARES Put those on and ENJOY the season with those that God has blessed you with. Don't let other thoughts keep you from living your best Summer yet.