Nothing On The Horizon

Paul Morrone |

By Paul Morrone CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA

The spring is normally the time of year when we start to look at our summer calendar and realize that we have only one or two free weeks from May-September. It’s exciting, but equally depressing, knowing that your whole summer is pretty much planned out for. The downside is that it takes away from the ability to be spontaneous or just have a relaxing day at the pool. The past few years we have been inundated with weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, trips, baby showers and just about anything else that can clog up the calendar during the best part of the year in Connecticut. This year, finally, we get to breathe a sigh of relief.

Our wedding count is down to two, a welcome change from the 5-6 a year we’ve had for the better part of a decade. There will be a baby shower or two sprinkled in the mix as well, but other than that our calendar is more open than its been in years. I’m not entirely sure what it is a sign of, but the timing couldn’t have been better now that we have a child in our life. Looking back to last year, I don’t know how we could have done everything we did with a newborn (and I give Jill a whole lot of credit for having such a busy summer being 7 months pregnant). Even with some very helpful babysitters, we would have really struggled making everything work.

With an open calendar for most of the summer, the goal is to do less, not more. Spending time outside was something I took for granted as a child, and I don’t want Kyle to miss out on such a fun part of life, whether that is in our front yard, in the pool or by the ocean. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the state and my hope is that Kyle grows up to appreciate how lucky he is to live here. As much as we all complain about Connecticut’s shortfalls, it is a wonderful place to call home during the summer (and fall) months.

By the time the weather breaks, Kyle will be crawling around or maybe even walking. While this poses its own set of challenges, I’d much rather him get his bumps and bruises falling into the grass outside rather than onto the hardwood floors inside the house. Speaking of which, its probably time for us to start babyproofing….

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