Part of the reason I love summer so much is that we don’t have a schedule. We can do whatever we want, whenever we want. Deadlines disappear during summer and we’re free to play every day! And I’m good with that- for the first week or so. There’s something in me that craves structure and having a plan. I really think that most kids are the same way, too. As much as I’d like to relax around the house some days, that won’t work for the energy of these two kiddos. Lots and lots of free time isn’t necessarily a good thing.
I don’t need to have a strict schedule every day in the summer, but I do like to have a loose plan. If I don’t have an idea of what’s going to happen when I wake up, I’ll spend the day with very little motivation and I can’t get us into a rhythm. It also always happens that I have a lot of ideas of things that I want to do (home improvement projects included) and if I don’t write them down, I forget or we run out of time to do them. Over spring break, I tried something new with the kids and it worked so well, I did it again for summer!
It’s nothing overly creative, but it helps keep my brain in order! The three of us sat down at the table with paper and markers and we made a list of things we wanted to do over the summer. Some are a little out of the ordinary (I’m trying to widen our horizons some), like taking a family beach day. The beach is two hours away, which has potential to be a really awesome day trip. But spending four hours in the car for a few at the beach seems like too much work sometimes. And then I remember that that’s how some of the best memories are made. And I think it’ll be worth it for the fun we’d have at the beach!
The kids chose everything on our list and they have tons of fun checking them off when we finish!
My favorite on the list is “Say hello to God and tell Him that we’re obeying.” What in the world?!
Much of summer is already gone, but it’s almost August and there’s still time to make a Summer Fun list! Even if you don’t have kids. Go for it!!