Last night my family sat down and decided what fun things we were going to do this summer. After a reminder to the kids that our last name is not “Rockefeller,” we all agreed to the Summer Fun List 2012. (The bold print makes it look much more official, don’t you think?)
(Notice the colorful markers that smell like strange fruit that’s been kept in the sun too long? That’s how I roll baby.)
The key to any summer fun list (and to child rearing in general) is to teach your children to have low expectations. Seriously, I don’t know why they don’t put that in more child-rearing books.
The fancy way of saying this is “appreciate the smaller things.” Our family can’t afford to do SOMETHING GRAND AND EXCITING every other day this summer. So we attempt to teach our kids to look forward to smaller, but still fun activities.
A few of our “small but sweet” summer fun projects include:
*Making homemade ice cream.
*Watching the Olympics together (because Mama loves her some Michael Phelps.)
* Going fishing. Otherwise known as “Dad deals with all three children and keeps them dry on land, while Mama reads a book in a camping chair, oblivious to everything.”
* Taking part in the summer reading program at our library. My oldest daughter is systematically calculating how she’s going to fill her card up the fastest in order to claim the cool prizes before they’re gone. It’s almost scary watching her.
*Have a huge family game night tournament complete with snacks and beverages.
*Visit Mrs. Curls, our favorite summer ice cream hangout.
*Going golfing with Dad. (Just for the record, I will not be golfing. I will be enjoying the comfort of air conditioning and a childless house.)
We do have a few GRAND AND EXCITING things planned for this summer, because occasionally bigger is better.
* We are definitely going to the Indiana State Fair again this year. I yearn for fried green tomatoes and the kids have a burning desire to see the world’s largest pig. Plus there are a million other incredibly cool things to do. This year we’re buying an armband that will let the offspring go on the rides to their heart’s content. It’s going to be completely wicked awesome.
* We’re going to visit Michigan this summer and hopefully play in the Lake and camp nearby. We also plan on stopping by and visiting Notre Dame campus on the way. (I have absolutely no idea why we’re visiting Notre Dame, but the husband came up with the idea and who am I to rain on his admittedly bizarre parade?)
The kids have never been to Michigan before and it’s not that far away, so it’s something we can do over a long weekend. Best of all, I have a few friends we will hopefully get to visit while we’re there.
So, gentle readers, do you have any fun plans (big or small) for this summer? It’s only fair to share your ideas.