Summer is my absolute favorite season and I can’t wait until it finally arrives! And since I don’t think it’s ever too early to start planning for summer, I’ve included some suggestions below for a fantastic family summer!
1. Get away from it all. We love to go camping and what better way to take a break from the stresses of day-to-day life? And what a great way to create memories for your family that last a lifetime. Be sure to pack the hot chocolate, marshmallow roasters, ingredients for smores, your camera, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, bear spray, and the hammock!
2. Play miniature golf. Our family has been enjoying this sport, although none of us will be competing anytime soon in any miniature golf championship games! :) Laughter is pretty much nonstop when we try to play, especially since I’m a hockey girl at heart. So, really, what’s wrong with gently guiding and dribbling the ball with the golf club to where it needs to go?!
3. Plant some flowers. Nothing says summer like flowers! Since weeds and I don’t get along, I decided three years ago to plant all my flowers in pots. Well, that is except for the garden area that didn’t quite turn out last year due to the odd weather. So I did the only thing a girl who loves flowers can do – I planted flowers in the garden area instead! (I’ll try again this year with the veggies. :)
Enlist the help of your children. Allow them to choose their favorite flowers, or plant seeds in egg cartons that will be ready to transplant outside in a matter of weeks.
4. Have a backwards day. My girls were ecstatic the other day when the menu for dinner was actually breakfast. Do something out of the ordinary this summer and serve up pancakes and eggs for your suppertime meal! And really, who doesn’t love pizza for breakfast?
5. Engage in a water war. I really underestimated my daughters when it came to squirt guns during last year’s water wars. We filled up our power-max squirt guns and I ran like crazy around the backyard. Oh, and let’s just say I didn’t emerge the winner of the award for staying the driest!
6.Take a ride. Bike riding is an excellent form of exercise and is a great family activity, whether you’re riding around the neighborhood or heading to the bike path. Speaking of bike paths, a couple of years ago during a family vacation, our family pit-stopped at the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail. But this wasn’t any ordinary trail. Located on the Idaho/Montana state line, it’s a 15 mile route (one way) through the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains and includes trestles and tunnels.
Simply put, there is nothing quite like it and it is well-worth the time! We rode the entire distance and even stopped along the way to eat the lunch we had packed.
So there you have it, some excellent ideas for a wonderful summer!