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Just 58 Summer Days

by Andrea Updyke

As a work at home parent, I used to dread summer days. But now that my kids are getting older I’m learning to cherish them.

Today marks three weeks since the last day of school for my kiddos. Our calendar is a little different than most of the schools in our area and we love it. We get a two week break every quarter and our summer is just 8 weeks, or 58 days.

last day of first and third grade

After quite a bit of deliberation, we decided to wing it with no camps this summer. We have a Disney vacation coming up and VBS in July and with the end of baseball and the start of swim team, I decided that was enough scheduling for the boys and they could just chill here at the house while I work.

And here we are after three weeks totally in our groove and loving summer. I seriously can’t believe it! And I am not going to sugar-coat it, that first week was ROUGH. In fact, there are parts of every single day that are rough. But more often than not, I love having them here and they are having a great and relaxing low-key summer.

Lunch with daddy

When the boys were babies, I really had to have a plan to keep my sanity. They had naps and snack times that were essential. Our days were in 30-60 minute chunks and things had to be just so or it all fell apart. But now that they are about to enter 4th and 2nd grades, it’s so much easier to go with the flow.

Yes they argue and complain and act like the kids they are. But that’s all part of the deal. The basics are taken care of. They can make their own breakfast (and sometimes lunch). They know what they need and for the most part, they can get it.

summer of LEGO

I’m enjoying this new phase and rather than being filled with dread about how I will possibly get ALL. THE. THINGS. done, I’m becoming this breezy go with the flow person again. And wow, it’s pretty refreshing!

Just 58 Summer Days on Instagram

I decided to document our days over on Instagram (come follow me, it’ll be fun!) with the hashtag #just58summerdays and for the first time in my life, I am actually sticking with a photo-a-day plan. Over there, I’m trying to share a little peek in to each of our summer days, partly to share a life that isn’t always glamorous but still has beauty and value. But also, because I want to remember this summer.

I want to remember the 58 days when the vibe completely changed in my house. My boys are growing up. And I’m watching them transform from little kids into big boys with determination and hobbies and favorite things. It’s really the joy of my life to be here for this.

Just 58 Summer Days Instagram Andrea Updyke

I’m getting sentimental thinking back to one of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations I attended where Meg Crofton (former President, Disney Parks & Resorts) shared that we really only have 18 summers with our kids before they start their own adult lives. It’s striking when you think of it that way. And here I am already on my 9th summer with my oldest.

We’re halfway there.

So I’m here and I am making the most of it. Yes we are going on a big vacation, but that’s one week of eight and the other seven are just as special. Whether we are watching the same movie for the 4th time or deciding what kind of pizza to have on Fridays or swimming with friends or staying in pajamas all day, we’re here together. This is our life. This is summer.

one big pizza

I don’t pine for the old days and I’m not in a hurry for school to start. In fact, for the first time in a long time, I’m completely happy right where I am. And that’s a pretty incredible feeling.

Thanks, summer. You can stay.

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As a work at home parent, I used to dread summer days. But now that my kids are getting older I'm learning to cherish them. Even after almost a decade, I'm still becoming mom.

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