Wet, silly, and spontaneous--that's what our summer looks like. From picking strawberries and getting sticky to running in mud puddles, fun doesn't come in a tidy package. We spend much of the school year with a tight schedule. It looks something like this:
Then, repeat about 120 times. There are wonderful moments packed into these days, but they are slightly monotonous.
Hello summer! It's a time to cut loose from the schedule and shake things up. Play doesn't have to be purposeful or organized. In fact, the less structured the better. From pick-up games of kickball to catching fireflies, I embrace the chaos of not knowing what's next.
Summer is about making a meal of fresh picked berries--and eating them with your fingers. It's about staying up past bedtimes and it's about remembering what it feels like to be a kid. Skinned knees from falling on the playground. Bug bites from exploring at dusk. Catching frogs in a nearby streams. Summer's a little messy. The sweet freedom of free time!
Summer is about putting on whatever you want to wear--even if it's the same dress four days in a row. I make rules the other nine months of the year. Let the summer slide begin. Summer can also mean more sibling squabbles (hey, they have more time together) and more complaints of "I'm bored." No one said freedom wasn't a little messy.
For the physical messes, we've got Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to Go. We use them to wipe down the tables and chairs for our outdoor picnics and play. The Wipes on the Go have 34 wipes in them and eliminate 99.9% of germs that cause colds and viruses.
The filmmakers behind the movie Inside Out know this. Not only are kids physically messy, they also have a love of emotions. Especially 'tweens. And I'm keenly interested in the mess of tween emotions since we're in the thick of it.
Mood swings--god bless 'em. Tears to laughter to frustration to fear. I can see them all flash in an instant. And in the summer I have more time to observe them.
Summer fun ALSO means movies. I can't wait to take my girls to see the movie. It's all about Riley, an 11-year-old-girl and her emotions. I'm excited to hear Amy Poehler's take on Joy. Joy’s goal has always been to make sure Riley stays happy. She is lighthearted, optimistic and determined to find the fun in every situation. Joy sees challenges in Riley’s life as opportunities, and the less happy moments as hiccups on the way back to something great. Joy, we can all use more of it.
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