Summer is in my sights and I am happy to say that we are in the home stretch. It cannot get here soon enough for me. The alarm clock and I are not on good terms and I am ready to be done with it.
I love summer and look forward to spending all day, everyday with my fellas.
And I will continue to feel that way for about two weeks and nine minutes, when the whining and tattle-telling will begin to rake at my very last nerve and I make threats that include the loss of electronic privileges for anyone who can’t get along.
I have already started a list of fun things we can do to enjoy our summer. Our last summer before my sweet Alex begins his sentence in the public school system.
Or something like that.
Here are just a few of the fun things we’ll be doing this summer.
1. Playdates – They are free and they are fun. The key to a great playdate is to choose a kid who doesn’t insist on pulling every toy out of the toy box while they are over. I certainly don’t mind cleaning up after a playdate and I don’t mind the kids having fun, but I see no reason for every. single. toy. in the toy box to be in the middle of the floor when the playdate is over. If your kid tears through a room like a tornado, please do not bring them to my house. Thank you, and amen. For added enjoyment, invite a kid whose parent is a good friend and enjoy some adult conversation during the playdate.
2. Visit the Library – It is fun and it is free (well, unless you forget to return the books in a timely fashion). My boys love to read. The even better news is that Stevie can now read to Alex meaning that he gets reading practice and Alex gets to enjoy a story. The fun part is that Alex is now trying to sound out words and wants to know how to spell words, so visiting the library and allowing him to choose his own books is a special treat.
3. Make cupcakes – It’s fun and cheap. My boys love any excuse to don their Ratatouille chef hats and aprons. Decorating with icing and sprinkles makes for a fun afternoon.
4. Bath Fun – It’s fun and [relatively] free, plus it does not require you to be out-of-doors in the heat and [friggin’] humidity – Save plastic jugs, empty bath and body pumps and shampoo bottles with squirty lids for new bath toys. This is also a great place to play with water guns since the boys can fill them up without help. Add a color tablet and bubbles to the bath and you’ve got at least an hour’s worth of fun.
5. CARS Color Changers – While Disney Pixar’s color changer CARS cars are not cheap, they do offer loads of fun in the bathtub, especially if you spring for Ramone’s House of Body Art. Stevie considers the color changers a “fun science experiment”.
6. Decorate a card and send it to an out-of-town cousin or friend – It’s free and it’s fun – Bust out some paper, markers, crayons, stickers, and glue for an art project that doubles as a lesson in the US postal service. McDaddy and I have 14 nieces and nephews, so we look for opportunities for the boys to keep in touch with their cousins.
7. Tie-Dye Shirts – It’s fun and messy and a lot of friggin’ work – Let me start by saying I am not the tie dye type. My friend, Becky, however looks for any excuse to tie-dye an article of clothing. I enjoy the finished product, but I am not all about getting the hands all stained and messy – cause that’s just the way I roll – but the kids enjoy starting with a white tee-shirt and seeing the finished product.
8. Have a picnic – It’s fun and it’s cheap – Pack a lunch and a blanket and head out to the park. It might be best if you find a shade tree, especially if you live in a state that has horrible heat and 147% humidity.
9. Free Movies – It’s fun and it’s (let’s say it all together, now!) FREE – Both of our local movie theaters offer free movies every Monday and Tuesday throughout summer. I typically pack a juice box and granola bar for each kid and they don’t ask for popcorn or mountain dew.
Hopefully these tips will help you cure the summer boredom blues. I’d love it if you’d share your tips, too!
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