My (Low-key) Summer Plan

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer! My absolute favorite time of year. Warm temperatures and sunny skies make me want to skip and sing aloud like I'm in a musical. That's a fun (scary) visual isn't it?

One of the other things I love about summer is the lack of a schedule. I love waking up in the morning and deciding what we feel like doing that day. Sidenote: I will never take for granted that I have this luxury. But along with that freedom and wonderful unstructuredness comes a general lack of direction and my ENFP tendency to piddle around with lots of grand vision but not a lot of follow through. I am the queen of piddling. FYI, the dictionary's definition of "piddling" is to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way. Um...raising hand. So I really have to be careful in the summer months that I come up with at least a few general ways to keep our week on track in the midst of all this unstructured wonderfulness. I really would like to look back on the summer and feel that we soaked it up in every way possible. But that we accomplished a few key things!

It would be totally acceptable for any of you sweet friends to tweet, email, or instagram me at any point during the summer and simply yell "FOCUS BRI!". I would appreciate it cause I'll need reminders to snap back to productivity.

Anyway, you get the idea.  I need a plan right?  So I've been doing something I've never done before at the start of our summer -- write down some ideas of ways to keep our brains and hands busy this summer (but not too busy!).  I'm keeping it simple and flexible guys.

Here's my general plan for those who are interested. It feels a little weird sharing it but I really appreciated when I found blogs where Moms had shared their ideas for summer structure. So maybe someone will stumble across this post and feel it's helpful. The plan is to have an activity planned each morning and then pack up our lunches and head to the pool for the rest of the afternoon. Because this family is a bunch of pool rats.

Mondays // Learn & Create // Learn something new through online research and books (I will pick a topic each week based on questions I get from the kids such as, Where do thunder & lightning come from? or What does the bible say about Angels? OR we may do an art project because that's something all three of us enjoy. Then, we hit the pool!

Tuesdays // $1 Movie // Regal Cinemas offers really great kids movies every week for $1. Holla! They call it the Summer Movie Express. So we may do that most weeks as a fun treat. Then we hit the pool.

Wednesdays // Library or Bookstore // I am declaring this the summer of reading. I want this house to be full of new books, and I want my rising first grader to find some series she enjoys. Then we hit the pool.

Thursdays // Do something Active Outdoors // I want to find new bike trails, go for nature walks, play at the park, run around in the sprinkler, etc.  We may or may not hit the pool after this.

Fridays // Spontaneous // I am leaving Friday mornings for whatever we feel like doing. Like playdates or a little outing to a museum.  Then we hit the pool.

Then, in addition to daytime activities, I have a whole list of ideas for the whole family to do in the evenings or weekends including camping out in our backyard, a day trip to the beach, tubing down the river, and cookouts with friends.

See? Not overly planned, but still a solid rhythm to stick to.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Anyone else have good ideas for fun but low key summer?  I loved this post which had a lot of great ideas.


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