Lily still has this week and next of school. Hannah has been out one week and already the choruses of “I’m bored” have started. And they are quickly followed by requests to turn their brains to jello behind some sort of technology. And too often I give in because it is just easier.
But the weather is finally warming and drying out (I am pretty sure this isn’t true, but maybe if I write it it shall be so) and we are headed outside.
When I was growing up I my summer memories all involve the outdoors. Not outdoorsy outdoors like camping, cause seriously? Have we met? But just simply being outside.
Running around the neighborhood, climbing an occasional tree, riding my AWESOME purple sparkly bike with the silver sparkly banana seat. Lemonade stands, hide and seek, long days at the pool. Summer just = being outside.
So this summer we are taking it outside. Everything is more fun outside. Sure we can color at the table, but we can also take our colors on the back patio and color there. We can even use chalk and color on the ground and fence.
We could eat lunch at the table. But lunch outside on a blanket (with bugs crawling near our food) is more fun? Yes, I am declaring it is more fun. So is reading books on that blanket after lunch is done. And aren’t those bugs interesting? Let’s go on a bug hunt and see what we can find.
We have a swing set, a sandbox, a sprinkler and a blow up pool. Even a Slip N Slide somewhere I can probably dig up. We have bikes and scooters and wagons (what is up with all this stuff). Surely you can find SOMETHING to do outside.
The best part of all this outside stuff? All the fresh air and sunshine tends to tire these kiddos out. Instead of the usual, “Can I have a glass of water”, “I forgot to tell you….”, “I can’t sleep”, we just hear heavy breathing within minutes of their little sweaty heads hitting the pillows. Then mommy and daddy might just slip out to the outside again. To the deck. With a white wine in hand. Perfection.
What do you do to keep your kids from uttering the “B” word during summer vacation?
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.