By now your kids have been out of school for a few weeks…or more. The excitement of having no plans or schedule has most likely worn off and you realize that you are left with your kids, alone most of the day, with no real schedule. Sure, you have tried to make a bucket list (like I did here). But let’s be honest, you probably wind up at the pool or watching a movie most days because it’s so hot and trying to get out and try something new sounds exhausting and sweaty. This is what I like to call end of summer exhaustion.
End of Summer Exhaustion
Every year, around April, I get excited about the prospects of summer. Time with my kids and time to experience exciting things with them. Inevitably we do a few things on our bucket list and then grow tired of it. The lack of schedule gets to us as much as the heat does. After the 4th of July I am already preparing for back to school. In the past that was prepping the kids to head back to their schools, but this year it is me preparing for homeschool. Read more about that here and here.
The True Meaning of Summer
You would think I would have learned my lesson since no bucket list has ever been completed, but alas, every year I try. It is fun, but after awhile we just want to go to the pool. And that is ok. The goal is not to exhaust ourselves with activities. It is to spend time together. To relax and enjoy what little free time we have before school year schedules take over.
We shouldn’t feel compelled to complete lists of activities to keep busy. Out of boredom comes creativity. Summer is for fort making (I’ve had one in my living room for 3 days) and running around as super heroes. It is for learning to cannonball off the diving board.
Summer is when we let the kids stay up past their bedtimes so they can watch the stars come out and catch fire flies. It’s for learning how to make homemade ice cream and eating it for dinner! Summer is when we can decide at the spur of a moment what to do and go and do it. And we get to do it with the ones that mean the most to us.
Next year I think I am going to start with a blank sheet. And instead of crossing out what we did, I will write down what we did once it’s done. No more expectations of accomplishing a long list. Instead we will do what we want and at the end of the summer we will have a memento of all that we accomplished.
Some Random Summer Photos
My kids got new stuffed animals and decided to play photographer with my phone. My kids love stuffed animals and play with all of the ones we have. I thought stuffed animals would be the bain of my existance since they seem to multiply, but it is honestly the one thing they continuously play with. So no matter how many times I have purged our house of things, I have yet to get rid of any stuffed animals.
We make our own pizza often. This particular pizza was used by Diesel to show us the layers of the earth (using pepperoni). The clump of pepperoni on the pizza is Peanut’s contribution (Diesel was not amused).
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