Summer in Review


In June I made some micro-resolutions for the summer. Now is the best time to see how it went, whether my expectations were still too high, despite trying to keep them low.

  • Puzzle in living room: Nope! We’re off our game!
  • Swimming: Not much! 5-year-old is still afraid of water
  • Weekend barbecuing: Not much! I guess it was too hot.
  • Summer hobby: Yes! I picked up the guitar again and sang Dar Williams at the top of my lungs.

Summer Tasks We Accomplished

Some of the things we did do were different from what I thought was a modest list:

  • Short (combined work and fun) trip to Austin
  • Long (work and fun) trip to Mexico City: it’s only a – hour, $250 direct flight from McAllen on Aeromar! The kids went to a 4-hour summer day camp while the adults worked.
  • Playing cards: We learned Pounce and Spit and have been playing nonstop.
  • Baseball: Playing outside in the heat and listening to games on (Let’s Go METS!)

I guess as kids grow you can’t always know what to expect from them. I thought my little one would want to swim more, but he refused to go near the water most of the time. We definitely had less of a schedule, stayed up late, ate more junk (but also more fruit), watched a few movies in the house, cooked much less, and didn’t get a single haircut.

The kids were in camp almost the whole summer since we still have to work, but they were allowed to sleep together all summer. I am happy that they mostly got along, and only put two real holes in the wall during their wrestling matches.

So, if someone asked me how my summer was, I would say it was good enough.

We didn’t do what I thought we would do, but it was still worth making the list of micro-resolutions anyway, to try to give summer a different feel. It was good to leave room for new things we didn’t even know we could do. (We were surprised that a 5-year-old can play fast card games!)

Now is the season to make some fall goals/resolutions/list of desires!

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Mariana loves sandwiches best, although going 95% vegan two years ago means having traded in ham and swiss for eggplant and roasted red pepper. Her boys, Santiago (5) and Sebastian (3), agree that sliced bread is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The boys are native Spanish speakers despite the fact that neither of their parents is, which has made raising them in Spanish a labor of love. Her commitment to raising bilingual children was made possible by being a first-generation Chilean-American born and raised in New York City, and by having spent two pre-kid years living abroad in Mexico City and Salamanca, Spain. Mariana moved to the RGV in 2010 and never wants to live anywhere else. While the kids are at school, Mariana is a full-time Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UTRGV. She has written for the New York Times, Womankind Magazine, and Yahoo Parenting.


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