This is our first full summer in Maryland and it’s actually been very beautiful. It got warm here much sooner than it ever did in Minnesota. That meant we were pulling out our summer clothing and protection a couple months earlier than normal! That’s a win for us.
Our first big day outside was with Doodle’s Field Day at the the of the school year. First, it was stinkin’ hot. Second, I’ve never seen so many water games played in one spot, especially for a Field Day! It was awesome. I made sure to lather the boys up with some necessary Healthy Essentials!
From that day on, we’ve had some fun and amazing days in the sun. We have a new friend from church who lives right down the road. She invited us over to swim in her pool. It was so fun! Seems many people around here have pools in their backyards. I guess that’s what you do when you don’t have 10,000+ lakes around you.
From pool time at a friend’s to pool time with all of the 5th graders for their promotion party, this kid has spent a lot of time in the sun and water. Of course, I’ve had the benefit of sitting pool side while he gets wet! Yay me!
Ok, and a "mom” reminder, be sure to monitor your kids when they’re putting on their own skin protection. Doodle didn’t spray his shoulders or up by his neck so they were a bit pink by the end of the afternoon. Usually he’s fully covered because I put it on him. Lesson learned.
I’ll be honest with you, until last summer, I spent most of my summers laying in the sun. Yes, I know, a bad choice with the possibility of skin cancer with all of that sun exposure. I decided it was time to embrace the pasty white skin I’m not used to and either didn’t spend much time outside or if I did, I was slathered in lotion. As you can see, I was sitting under an umbrella in the shade, but put lotion on about 15 minutes before I hopped into the pool for the adult swim time.
At the end of the day, Doodle noticed he’d scratched himself up a bit and thankfully I had Neosporin and Band Aid bandages on hand! Not only that, he lost a tooth while we were there! lol What a crazy promotion party!
At the end of June the 6 of us went south for the day to play at an Amusement Park. Actually, there were 7 of us because K-girl brought a buddy along. Our first task was to lather up as soon as we exited the car. I had to be careful with the spray because wind was blowing so crazy. We backed up the spray with the lotion and I brought them both with us so we could reapply if needed.
Next week we head out for a local vacation destination and we’ll be taking the mesh yellow bag with all of our outdoor necessities with us! Would you expect anything less? =)
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What do you make sure you always have on hand for time in the sun?