I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that we're almost half way through July. Wasn't it just Memorial Day weekend? Didn't we just celebrate the solstice? Where is summer going? Slow down! I need more mornings at the beach, afternoons at the playground, and evening cookouts under the stars.
Summer does have a way of flying by, and that's why I'm committed to making the most of the fleeting weekends with my crew of crazies.
I have lots of things I want to do and accomplish, lots of day trips on the calendar, and lots of sun to soak in.
Have you considered creating a summer "bucket list" for your family. Make a list of all the things you want to do, places you want to go, and experiences you want to have with your loved ones this season, and then check them off one by one. And don't forget to add these five often forgotten bucket list to-dos! They epitomize the simple pleasures of the season... Fun, sun, sand, and relaxation.
See a Beach Sunset
I am usually crazy about bedtime. Last summer, I insist that my kids were tucked in by 8 PM sharp. Even in the midst of summer lightness. "But Mommy, it still bright outside."
Speaking of light, I've learned to lighten up a bit about bedtime routines. The kids stay up a little later and we all enjoy some more family time together during the summer months. Better yet, we can watch the sunset. We took them to the beach a few nights ago to see the sensational sky and the water wash over our feet. It was dreamy, magical, and totally worth the late bedtime.
Watch a Movie Outdoors at Dusk
Lots of community parks offer music and movie nights under the stars. There's nothing like packing a picnic (complete with a bottle or rosé or some shandies) and enjoying live music with your loved ones under the beauty of the sky. Only thing better: watching a movie together with a breeze in the air and the stars twinkling above.
Go to a Carnival
Popcorn, funnel cakes, and cotton candy. Super slides and pirate ships and haunted fun houses. Find a local carnival and splurge on a big book of tickets. Or, head to a local amusement park. We took the kids to Sesame Place a few weekends ago, and it was magic to experience it through their little eyes.
Fill Up a Baby Pool
Seriously, this one doesn't get any simpler. Even if you have a gorgeous big, deep in-ground pool, there's something so awesome about filling up a mini baby pool with freezing cold water from the hose and watching your kids slash and soak and sunbathe. Pull up a lawn chair, grab a book, and supervise. It's a win-win for everyone.
Visit a Farm Stand
We love to go picking fresh fruits and vegetables during the summer. Nothing beats the taste of berries you've plucked off the vine yourself. Better yet, stop for some homemade pies or treats at a local stand. A strawberry cream pie is the epitome of summer.
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