Summer vacation is almost here, and every year I think of all the fun we're going to have until school sneaks back in. But if I'm not careful, the weeks slip away, leaving me wondering, Did we do anything I wanted to do? Or was this summer a complete waste?
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Enter the summer list.
Before the kids get off the bus one last time, I jot down all the things I want to do while they're home. When I get stuck past the basics, I do a quick Internet search of fun things to do in my area. You'd be amazed how many blogs out there give terrific suggestions for local events.
Here is a sample of my summer list:
- Go to the beach as often as possible
- Go to a local city pool
- Batting cages with my son
- Tennis courts with my daughter
- Library summer reading program
- Frisbee golf
- See Monsters Inc. University in theatres (our theatre offers $5 tickets before noon on weekdays!)
- Go to a nearby park to dig up fossils
- Take a few of my son's baseball buddies to a Mud Hen's game
- Explore the local parks we haven't checked out yet
- Hike in forest
- Ride our bikes on local bike trail
- The zoo
- Truck back up to Michigan for The Henry Ford
- The botanical gardens
- Thrift shopping
- Art museum
The first two weeks of break are always tough. It's like speeding at ninety miles an hour then slamming on the brakes in three seconds. I've learned we do best when we keep busy the first weeks. Easing into the summer routine makes life better for everyone in our family!
Another thing I plan--plenty of ice cream and popsicles in the freezer. Summer and ice cream are conjoined twins, and I save money by buying in bulk. :)
We have a loose schedule all summer. I get up early to enjoy my coffee and write. The kids and I fend for ourselves for lunch. A few afternoons a week we check things off our list. It's good!
What are you looking forward to this summer? Do you have a list?
Have a terrific Monday!