In just 1 month, we will begin 3 months of summer vacation. My kids have been counting down since before spring break!! The idea of relaxing days by the pool, movies nights, sleeping in and grilling for dinner puts a smile on my face. However, the smile quickly fades when I think back to summers past when we had no plans and no schedules. Chores didn't get done. Kids were irritable from playing too many video games. There was never any food in the pantry because they snacked all day long. This Momma was stressed and ready for school to start again by July 1st!!
About 6 years ago, I came across a book titled "The Family Manager's Guide to Summer Survival" by Kathy Peel. It was full of fun ideas on how to have a great summer with your kids. The main thing that I realized was that the "best summer ever" wasn't going to just happen. I needed to take time and plan some things. And those things didn't have to be huge events or cost a fortune. I also realized that we still needed to keep up with daily chores. We needed to take some time in the morning to get a few things done before we continued with our day. Here is a list of some things that Kathy Peel recommends to help you plan a fun and sane summer.
We have also added some new activities each summer that help us grow in our relationship with Jesus. We go to church camp, youth leadership camp, missions trips and help with VBS. And this summer we're gonna add a new element to our 3 month vacation fom school. I've been challenged by the blog Inspired to Action to set some goals for this summer. Simple goals in a few areas of our life. I'm going to give each of my kids this form so I can find out what they would like to accomplish this summer. Then we'll also plan some fun family goals as well. I'm excited to see what goals we can come up with together.
I challenge you to create some goals with your family and get ready to have the "best summer ever".
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.