It's been 3 years since I've been able to truly enjoy a summer. It was the summer before Katrina that was my last good summer. My apartment complex had a pool. I was in it almost everyday. I met people by the pool. I cooked out with friends...and by myself. It didn't matter. I love summer and everything about it. That was the summer of 2005.
The summer of 2006, we lived in Joplin, MO. We didn't have a pool. We did cook out (mostly with Cliff). That's the summer we found out Bella was on her way. Immediately we started planning a way to get OUT of Joplin, MO. So, although it wasn't a bad summer, it wasn't what I'd grown to love, oh, so much.
The summer of 2007, Bella was 3-6 months old. 3-6 month olds are somewhat time consuming. I'm bad at transitions (and 3-6 months is still part of the transition from not-a-mom to look-at-me-I'm-a-mom). It took me until Bella's first birthday to feel like myself again.
And here we are beginning the summer of 2008. It's hot. It's sunny. We have a pool at the complex AND we live 2 miles from my in-laws who also have a pool (and awesome barbeque and outdoor dining set...yay). Today was the first day of summer activity (swimming, grilling, eating outside, naked baby running around in the grass, etc.). I loved it. I hope this summer is FULL of all those things! And maybe the beach. :o)