I want summer to FEEL like summer for my kids, even though my husband and I work full time. Because of that, June & July isn’t really THAT different for them. My daughter still goes to daycare and my son will go to camp… which is basically like going to after-care, but all day long. So I have decided to be proactive and focus a bit more on making those summer memories each weekend. Crafts, fun recipes, day trips… anything and everything to make this summer ROCK! I have been talking to my stay-at-home mommy friends, and most of them have a detailed plan of summer activities they will be doing with their kids… which inspired me to try and do the same! I am calling it Operation Summer Fun and this blog is going to help keep me accountable.
I told my husband about my plan and he was all for it. He agreed we have been a bit lax in the weekend planning department. So we kicked it off this weekend! On Saturday, instead of hanging out at our pool, we stepped it up a notch and went to a local splash pad with the kids. It was so much fun since the place was basically empty. The splash pad and pool wasn’t too cold and the kids LOVED it. Mila & Hudson spent the entire time running up the stairs and sliding down the water slide. I didn’t take any pictures, except one… since I wanted to document my moment to myself, which was very nice! Mila passed out on the floor at 5:30pm while I was making dinner, which is proof of a fun day.
|Splash pad fun with a little ME time!|
It’s been awhile since we took the kids to the beach, so when Donnie’s brother brought up the idea we were all for it. Sunday morning, we packed the car with what looked like a week’s worth of items. Food, towels, clothes, hats, umbrellas, coolers, and an entire watermelon. We quickly remembered why our beach trips are few and far between! While it is a lot of work, there is something really special about spending the day at the beach, especially with family and friends. Nothing beats watching my kids and nephews digging in the sand, jumping over waves and boogie boarding in the surf. Mila screamed and laughed with excitement as I carried her out into the water where her brother was swimming. It was perfect.
|All of my loves!|
|Jumping the waves|
|Loving the sun & sand!|
Don’t get me wrong, I think it if FINE for kids to hang out at home, and I don’t feel like they should be entertained every moment. This isn’t about that. I just want to challenge myself to step it up this summer when it comes to planning out fun things with the kids… and I figured maybe some of you are feeling the same.
Now that Operation Summer Fun is off and running, I want to hear about all the summer fun YOU are having with your families as well! I am going to be using the hashtag #OperationSummerFun on social media and I would love for you to join in! Use the same hashtag so I can find what you are doing, & I will be featuring my favorites on the blog. (& linking back if you have a blog/business!) So let’s have some fun!