How fast the seasons change around here, and we are now smack dab in the middle of yet another extra New England season – Sprimmer!! Or is it Sprummer? Either way, it’s when May hits with all of its blooming flowers and buzzing bees. It’s when we go quite suddenly from winter to spring to summer-like weather. It’s running in sprinklers and eating ice cream (with sprinkles) for dinner. It’s sundresses and sandals and staying outside until it gets dark. It’s swings and earthworms and dirt.
One of the symptoms of “Sprimmer” here, even with a month of school left, is to start dreaming about our summer plans. It’s not too early, especially when the temperatures are topping out at 85 degrees, and you find yourself eating ice cream for dinner. Twice in one week. Chocolate stain-inducing ice cream! In talking about our summer plans, we made up a family bucket list that ranges from adorable to hilarious to messy. Very messy. Luckily we are now using All Free Clear! Ever since I made the switch several weeks ago, our clothes have been soft, sweet-smelling and stain-free. This time around, I bought the Oxi version of All Free Clear. Des decided to pose with it, and I didn’t even remove the rainbow sprinkle from his mouth.
When we woke up today with a powerful sun shining in by early morning, we talked about summer bucket lists. I have been planning a beach trip or two, and Cassidy is picking up Six Flags season passes. I loved hearing what my family wants to do:
Scarlet: Go to the playground AT NIGHT! Go to Six Flags. Attend summer camp at my old preschool. Go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner ALL IN ONE DAY! Go to Nana’s house for a few days and feed her mule and horse, and ride her new pony!
Des: (I’m paraphrasing some of this because he’s two) I want to collect acorns in a bowl, bounce bouncy balls, play with Scarlet and go swinging! I want to eat doughnuts every morning, wear superhero clothes, and smear dirt all over my superhero clothes. I want to use a stick in the dirt. For two hours straight. I want to get REALLY dirty every day. Twice a day.
Me: Oh, where to begin? I want to go to Cape Cod at least twice, and at least once long enough to have that beach vacation feel. I want to go to upper New England once or twice to find moose and maybe discover some new mountains and parks. I want to eat ice cream a lot, and maybe cookies too. I want to visit my family, do a lot of photography jobs, and maybe go to a blogging conference. Maybe! Importantly, I want to spend quality time with my family and friends.
Cassidy: Go to Six Flags and the beach. Go see the Grateful Dead. Get a tan. Take road trips. Put my hands in the dirt. Play hooky. See lots of summer blockbusters.
No matter what summer throws at us, and I know it will be a lot of dirt and sticky ice cream, I’m glad I started using All Free Clear products on our clothing regularly. That will no doubt help us go summer adventuring in style and softness.