children real life summer

Summer Fun

Here we are in the full swing of summer vacation.  Day #3 to be exact.  I almost thought we wouldn’t make it past day #2, but somehow we all survived and lived to tell the tale.  I think it was a mixture of let down from the weekend and unrealistic expectations on my part.  I want this summer to be magical for my children, but there are realities of budget, time and just plain old real life that sometimes get in the way.   
I decided to take a page from Eighteen25 and make a list of all the fun things I’d like to do with the kids this summer.  I’m hoping having them in a  prominent place will help me stay accountable for actually doing them.

I kept the display very simple.  A clearance frame from Joann’s, scrapbook paper and a sharpie- and the list of things to do is done!  I chose things we would do for sure and things I have always wanted to do but never got around to.  I’m really hoping we’ll get them all crossed off.
In fact- we have a couple things done already: the carnival, parade and today: the hike.  We just walked the back way from the school up and over the hill.  Simple, close- done!

We found cactus’ in bloom and had a really good time.  To help make it exciting I brought along a pack of gum (5 packs for $1 at the dollar store) and some single serve packets of punch to put in their water bottles (also from the dollar store).  Total cost- less than $1 for everyone to have a good time. 
Simple really is better.
Maybe we really can get this list done.

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  • Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    June 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    How fun! I am working on my summer fun list too!

  • Karen
    June 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Can you write my list?? My handwriting is not as cute as yours!
    Love it.

  • Andi @ Jane of all crafts
    June 9, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Cute and fun list!! I need to get my list going! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    June 9, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I saw this on Eighteen25 and loved it. Your version is awesome. I love the little drawings you added, and Karen is right… your handwriting is adorable 🙂

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    June 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Cute! I love all of the little pictures you drew to go with the things on your list. Good luck with your list! 🙂

  • Lorene (just Lu)
    June 18, 2011 at 2:29 am

    What a fun list! I use summer, since it's my husband's off-work time (school teacher) to get things done for me and us — my projects, around the house stuff. I told him that if he wants to do fun things, he better make a list and I will work on making them happen because if it's not on a list somewhere, it won't happen this summer. 🙂