That’s the gift I’ve been given.
18 wonderful, incredible, amazing summers.
I still remember the first summer. It was full of monogrammed bathing suits and tiny blonde curls and giggles and twin language and naps and spoonfuls of applesauce.
There was the summer the braces came off.
There was the summer we fried an egg on the sidewalk.
There was the summer of driving permits.
There were summers full of cheer camp and dance camp and Nana camp and drives across America and celebrating the Fourth of July on the beach and watching all the Gilmore Girl episodes back to back.
I remember them each and every one.
We’ve come to summer number 18.
The senior summer.
The last summer before these two sweet chicks leave the nest.
When the leaves start to fall, they’ll be at Baylor. Hopefully going to class on time and learning all the things and remembering all the lessons I taught them.
And I’m going to be debating whether or not to move into their dorm room.
But for now?
I have this summer.
And I don’t want to miss a minute.
So here are 18 things, one for each of the past summers, that are on our summer bucket list.
1. Take a cooking class together (all three of us need to learn how to cook).
2. Go to the top of Reunion Tower for lunch.
3. Watch the sunrise on the beach together.
4. Go to a drive-in movie (and bring a picnic along).
5. Go on a mini-road trip to Waco and sing our favorite playlist at the top of our lungs.
6. Go to a painting class in downtown McKinney and paint something for their dorm room.
7. Binge watch an entire television series this summer (Dawson’s Creek I’m looking at you).
8. Get a pedicure together (and maybe a facial, too).
9. Take Buddy to the dog park (and maybe go to the animal shelter and hug all the puppies).
10. Spend a night together playing Westleigh’s favorite board game, “We’re Not Really Strangers” where we talk through all our feelings and tell each other how amazing we are.
11. Plant a tree in the backyard (my brothers did this before they left for college).
12. Go to the library and pick out our favorite books and spend an afternoon reading.
13. Pull out the photo albums from when they were little and spend the afternoon telling all the stories.
14. Go pick strawberries and then make a pie (and use my favorite recipe for pie crust).
15. Get dressed up and go out to a fancy dinner.
16. Plan a photoshoot with these amazing matching kimonos.
17. Sit on the beach and do nothing together for the afternoon.
18. Hug each other tight like you’ll never let each other go.
I am the luckiest duck in the world to have spent 18 summers with the two of you.
And just in case I haven’t mentioned it?
You are going to make such a difference in this big wide world.
I am so happy I have a front-row seat.
Don’t be afraid of failure.
Don’t be afraid to try.
Nothing in this world is accomplished by someone sitting on the sidelines.
Life is all about the doing.
And I can’t wait to spend this summer with you. 🙂
PS A giant shout out to Kenna Lynn Photography for these incredible photos and for Victoria Dunn and her sweet gift to a mom who wanted to celebrate the summer in style.