Here are just a few reasons why I am glad summer is on the way out!
- Cooler temperatures! Yes I know for many parts of the country this has already begun, but here is Las Vegas it is still supposed to be 105 today. It is only 75 out now and that feels wonderful. While I do love the warm weather, this summer has been especially hard trying to entertain two 18 month olds in the heat. You see, we are a one car family for now and that one car drives my husband down to Henderson everyday. And I am sorry, but I am not about to push a double stroller and 50+ pounds of kids the mile each way to go to the park in 100 degree weather. (Actually, I am not sorry) So we spend most of our days stuck around the house.
- Getting dark earlier! This might seem like a funny thing to wish for, but as a parent with small children I can tell you it makes my life easier. Our kids go to bed at 7pm. The problem is that during summer the sun is still bright and shining at that time. Kids thrive on cues and signals (the reason why many parents use a bedtime routine) and the only signal the sun is sending at that time is “I’m still up, let’s keep playing”. Not helpful sun… not helpful.
- Neighborhood kids inside! This could almost be included in the getting dark earlier, but I think school nights play into it as well, so that’s why I am making it it’s own point. It sure is hard to get our girls to sleep when there are kids playing outside in the street. Especially since their window faces the street and picks up a lot of the noise.
- Lower energy bills! This one is pretty self explanatory. Russell and I try to live a pretty frugal life. But in the summer time in Las Vegas keeping our energy bill low is not an easy task. We do pay much less than many people as we keep our house a bit on the warm side at 82 degrees, but our bill during the summer months is about 4-5 times as high as it is during the winter. Ouch!