My kids may be little, but they go to school 5 days a week, so summer vacation is a big change in routine and schedule for us! Plus, the warm (read: HOT) weather begs to be enjoyed, and the anticipation of a new sibling is exciting too.
Everything is different now that school is out! And I’m pretty pumped about it.
How are we going to celebrate? Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate Summer Vacation.
- Have some lazy pajama days. There’s no school, so if we don’t have somewhere to be, who’s to say we can’t break all the rules, stay in pajamas all day, watch movies and eat popcorn, build forts with all of the pillows and blankets, and have ice cream for dinner?
- Go on vacation! One of my mama friends is taking a trip to Legoland with her kids, and another is going to spend lots of time on the beach. We are going to a beach for a few days of vacation in a couple of weeks, and I cannot wait to soak up the ocean sounds while my kids splash in the freezing cold west-coast waves.
- Get outdoors early in the day. During the school year, the kids are only home in the afternoons during the week, and here, it’s often wayyyy too hot to really do anything enjoyable outside by then. I’ve loved being able to take the kids to neighborhood parks early in the day, and let them play until they’re hungry for lunch. It’s a great way to begin our days!
- Do mama-led activities and explore local attractions. My kids are super excited about home-summer-school, which basically means anything I plan for us to do during the day. We have done cooking projects, some educational lessons, and a couple of crafts together so far, and I’ve made a list of local activities to do (museums, hikes, parks, and so on) so that when we’re feeling adventurous, we can choose one and GO!
- Have play dates with friends. It’s hard to get together during the school year sometimes, with other people’s nap schedules conflicting with our cranky-time and dinner-prep… (MY kids don’t nap anymore, so I HAVE to prep dinner earlier than a lot of people so we can get them into bed before they turn into wild savages.) But during the summer, there’s a lot more flexibility with a bunch of that, so it’s easier to get together. The kids are full of energy and craving the interaction they usually get at school, and we mamas get to chat and catch up with each other.
Last week, I hosted a summer celebration play date with a couple of friends at a park near my house. A few more families were planning to come, but one was stranded with car trouble, and a couple more had sick kids…even in the summer, life happens. Still, we had a good time!
I brought some Excelsior Wines , which you can buy at your local grocery store, for my girl friends to enjoy, and a water bottle for me since I’m pregnant. The kids played in the sand, climbed the playground structure, colored, and talked with each other.
Their thoughts on the Chardonnay?
“Crisp, clear, fruity, & refreshing. Bold start, light fruity finish.”
“Sweet, a bit of a bite. Buttery, zesty.”
And the Cabernet/Merlot?
“Delicious! Very fruit forward and light for a cab/merlot. Nice easy finish.”
“Sweet, hints of flowery… light, nice after. Stronger aroma.”
I also made some fun and easy cocktails. This one is SO bright and fresh for summer!
I left out the sugar, and added a couple of drops of liquid Vanilla Stevia instead – worked like a charm.
There are lots of other delicious-sounding Frontera Cocktail Recipes too – something for everyone. They’re easy to make and don’t require any crazy ingredients, and they’d be a great thing to serve at Memorial Day or Independence Day gatherings – you don’t just have to stick to beer for those.
Which would you try first?
We did go back to our yard for a few minutes together, but it was getting close to nap time / dinner time and the littler kids were starting to break down… the bigger kids could’ve played all evening, I’m sure!