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Embracing a simple summer…..

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“Mom….just ten more minutes to ride my bike”…

“Maybe later”.

“How about you play barbies with me in the basement?

“Maybe later”.

Maybe later….maybe later (sigh)……I can’t tell you how often I’ve used this phrase with my two youngest. I’ll tell you….the “mom guilt” is strong. Strong because, as parents, we constantly are reevaluating our decisions and the life that we are providing our children.

As hard as my children work during the school year, I need to work just as hard to make sure that we “live it up” in the summer. I have spent the past three weeks thinking about this….and all these questions come to mind:

Are my little girls getting the same childhood as their older siblings?

What happened to the simple joys of childhood?……and can I get that back?

If I am going to demand hard work during the school year, I will have to let my kids just “hang out” for the summer…..

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I often think back to the days of creek jumping, and endless picnics. When my oldest wasn’t yet schooling, we filled our days with endless fun. She was too young for school and still too young for structured activities, so our day included afternoon walks with leaf collecting and puddle jumping. I sat in attendance for many a puppet show, or “culinary experience” from our play kitchen. Life wasn’t too “busy” to just have fun and “play” with my children.

And yet…..my little girls fall second to the three older children and their academic success in homeschooling. I know I need to find the balance for this coming fall, but for now…I can plunge right into summer with this simplistic mentality.

So…I made a few phone calls. No piano lessons for the summer. No dance class. Nothing that would require the kids and I to have a schedule.  Two vacation bible schools and one overnight camp…but that’s it. The rest of the summer is totally up to us!

It means late night and late mornings.

It means extra snuggles at bedtime and cuddles in the morning.

It means staying late at the pool and grabbing takeout for dinner.

It means last minute playdates with friends, and endless nights on the porch.

So….how exactly will we spend our summer? I’ve got a few ideas……

So I have decided to include a printable of some simple summer suggestions here:

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It’s my first free printable!  Trust me as I learn how to perfect these…they will get better. haha

Take a few minutes to print off that printable and let your mind start sailing off…..

So that you can enjoy having beach days and surfing parties:

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Or maybe your kids can ride in a space ship…made of table chairs…

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or stay in your pajamas and play….

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Life’s too short to spend your summer driving kids around to activities. Spend your days cuddling in the sun, and picking yummy fruit.

Spend your summer days reminding your kids how make fun YOU ARE!!!

Allow yourself to “slow down” and soak in the laughter of your children.

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Summer bucket list: Sundaes for your sunday!!!

Sundaes!!!!

We are busy widdling away at our Summer Bucket List!!!!

The rain prevented us from hitting my brother in law’s house for a BBQ and dip in the hot tub so we decided to look at the list for another option. The option for a lazy Sunday is always promising and this one delivered. Tons of housework, cuddling and just hanging out.

The three big kids baked chocolate chip cookies together while the littles took “care of their babies” on the IPAD. haha.

Sundaes with all the fixings was a great way to end this Sunday. Here’s what we offered:

  • vanilla and neopolitian ice cream
  • chocolate, caramel, and hot fudge syrup
  • waffle bowls
  • chocolate chips
  • cool whip/whipped cream
  • wet walnuts
  • Reese’s magic shell
  • colored sprinkles
  • ***bonus*** I found these awesome ice cream plates for .60 in the clearance aisle at my grocery months ago.

Everyone enjoys ice cream!!!!!

So great, mom!!!

So great, mom!!!

DDD lovin it!

DDD lovin it!

"mom...dis waz mine!!"

“mom…dis waz mine!!”

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Mini me and Sweet Pea obviously thrilled!!!

Everyone loves ice cream!!!!!

What is left on your summer bucket list? Have you hit it hard this summer or are you scrambling to complete it?

We are hoping to get a family bike ride and family water gun fight in this week…..I will keep you posted…..

God bless,

Tammi