Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #151!
Happy Summer, everyone!
In honor of the first day of summer, I’m sharing with you an “oldie but goodie” of ours…
A few years ago, when our kids (and we) were a bit younger, Candy pulled this list together of fun summer activities that
were are easy on the budget. You know how it is, right? All those scheduled lessons and classes and Scouts are off for the summer, and the kids are getting bored.
The budget, alas, doesn’t exactly have room for a Caribbean vacation 😉
So what’s a mom to do? What we always do: get creative!
If you find yourself in the same situation, we’re sharing these with you today in the hopes that you’ll find among these suggestions some sweet and simple fun with those closest to you this summer…and always.
Sweet and simple summer bucket list
(aka – cheap summer activities that build memories)
1. Make a blanket fort inside.
2. Have a water balloon fight. You can pick up a pack of 100 hundred balloons at the dollar store!
3. Cook breakfast for supper on a designated night of the week. Sundays are
always usually pancake night around here. Teach your middle schooler how to do it with this one and your family will be good to go!
4. Play hide and seek inside the house. My teenagers still do this on a regular basis. 🙂
5. Take a blanket outside at night and look at the stars.
6. Bake cookies. Make enough to share with others and experience the joy of giving – together!
7. Make “goodie bags.” Fill new or gently-used backpacks or cinch sacs with needed items to give to homeless people that you meet.
8. Have a jump rope contest. (If you’re over 40, please go pee before you do this. Don’t ask me how I know.)
9. Bury a “treasure chest” in the back yard and make a map leading to it. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Your treasure chest can be a recycled coffee can filled with whatever your kids will love…candy, pretend jewels, a small book. The possibilities are endless!
10. Plant wildflowers.
11. Go for a walk. The conversations that are generated on these walks are amazing. Sometimes just slowing down and offering our undivided attention is a treasured gift.
12. Read a chapter book (or 2!) out loud together. Read a chapter a day and let the suspense build OR (and my kids love this) spend hours and hours in your pajamas reading together.
14. Transform your living room into a makeshift movie theater and have a movie night. If your kids are older, have them invite their friends and host a questionable movie night.
Please accept my sincerest apologies for not having any features this week! I’m at a training workshop for a few days to prepare to tutor Classical Conversations this fall. Our youngest child, a teenager, will be in the class as well, and I’m thrilled to report that she’s excited that I will be her tutor! As you may know, the teen years can be a tumultuous time, and just to know she’s “on board” with that makes my heart sing.
But anyway, at least here’s a picture of the chairs we recovered last week while we were doing a little “remodeling” for our older daughter. Whatcha think?
And now let’s party…
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