The talk on the playground is that nearly everyone is ready for summer to begin. Perhaps it was the harsh winter we had, however I am so totally ready for summer break. Breaking free from some of the routines, not having to walk to school and back, scheduling absolutely everything and getting out and exploring. I find it harder and harder to get the kids in bed on time, we are all longing for this break. Around here that is still 5-6 weeks away, however here are a few things to do now to make the most out of this summer.
- Host a family meeting – Take the time to brainstorm as a family and create a rough draft for a Summer Bucket List. Ask the kids what they hope to do this summer and write it all down. For example, we inherited a telescope that we have yet to try out, so I hope this summer we will gaze at the stars.
- Plan a family vacation – We are headed to Ottawa this summer for our family vacation. The kids are really getting excited about exploring our Nation’s Capital and it will be a really fun road trip.
- Stock up – This is the time to load up on sunscreen, bug repellant, bandaids and first aid supplies. I am also stocking up on bubbles, sidewalk chalk and outdoor activities for the kids, as well as water toys for the beach and fruit freezes for the warm days.
- Mom time – I find it really tricky to find time for me during the summer. I love love love having my kids at home, hosting playdates and being active all summer however I do need to figure out a better way to have some time to rejuvenate. Most summers the ENTIRE summer goes by and I do not see Suzanne, that is how focused we end up being on our families.
- Clean the vehicle – This is something I am dreading! It has been a LONG winter and our vehicles desperately need a good scrubbing before we go on any road trips. I also plan to get the husband to look everything over before hitting the road to ensure we are safe.
- Yard prep – Now is the time to get the yard kid ready and sparkly! We have started by getting the deck furniture out and raking, but we still have some work to do before summer officially begins.
- Birthday parties – I have two summer birthday children, and I have traditionally hosted the oldest birthday party before school ended for the year. That ensured all her friends from school could attend, especially with so many families going on vacations. I will continue that tradition for my youngest now that she is in school.
- The last day – When my oldest started there was a group of moms that would meet at a local restaurant with all the kids for a Last Day of School Summer Kick Off lunch. It was so fun, unfortunately that tradition faded away. I would like to figure out something, even if it is just with my own kids, to mark the occasion.
Ok looking at this list I still have a lot to do!!! Are you excited for the summer vacation to start? Do you prep in advance?