Last week I shared a list of summer ideas, and I’m back this week with seven more! While I’m excited about doing all of these things with my kids, right at this moment, I’d love a nap, followed by a hamburger dinner, and then some time for just me. All those things will have to wait for another day, though, since my already-bored-with-awesome-summer-days kids are swarming me.
Write a letter to a friend, family member, or your priest! Mail always brightens the day.
Try new recipes, that your kids choose. Let them help prepare the food! Even more fun? Finding picture books that are about food, and cooking the recipe from the book! I also enjoy flipping pages of my old foodie magazines with my kids, and choosing recipes with them from the magazines.
Work on a skill. One of boys will hopefully learn to ride his bike this summer, and if not, then I hope we will at least have worked on courage and perseverance. All my older kids will be in swim lessons, possibly even my littlest.
Speaking of skills, get handy together and build something, or fix something, or craft as a family. We are working towards fixing up a camper, the girls and I are going to build doll beds, and the boys will get involved in something, too!
Rest. Leave moments with nothing to do, so you have time for naps, puzzles, reading, spontaneous ice cream trips, or nothing at all. Just be.
Serve. Maybe you can volunteer for VBS while your kids attend. Maybe you can pick up trash along your street in your neighborhood. Maybe you visit an elderly parishoner, or cook dinner for a new mom, sick friend, or a new family in town. Maybe you do smaller things, like make a child’s bed instead of nagging them, or help your child to wash windows and pulk weeds instead of adding to Daddy’s “honey-do” list.
Take pictures, as many days as you can. Let the kids take pictures. Be silly. Get a family selfie. At the end of the summer, make a photobook! My favorite sites for photobooks are Shutterfly and Blurb.
Bonus idea! Take in local sites or festivals in your area. It’s always fun, often free, and worth making memories with your family close to home!