Hooray! Its finally summer! The kids are ecstatic and the world is our oyster for the next few months. I wonder how long that is exactly. Let’s see…my little ones go back to school around August 22nd. That’s 66 days of summer. 9 weeks and 3 days. That’s 1,584 hours or 95,040 minutes. Oh dear.
The good news is we’ve totally got this! I mean we did it last year no problem and this is going to be even better, right? Other good news, there are tons of blogs out right now about this topic. Let’s see, oh here is a good one: About how to slow down and have a 1970’s type summer. Lots of down time so kids can explore and relax. Hum, that sounds delightful. Except I have 2 kids under 5 who mostly like to bite and push when downtime is introduced. Not sure 95,000 minutes of that sounds doable in this particular life. Ok let’s try another one. This one sounds fun! Activities galore! Something daily, weekly camps, travel…and on and on. That sounds kinda spendy, no wait that sounds super spendy. Ok that wont work either. “ACK!!!! WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO!!!!!” That’s what I hear in my mind. Sounds like someone screaming at the top of their lungs from one side of a canyon to another but then I remember to grab a bucket.
No, no, no, not the ‘stomach bug’ bucket you keep handy. The Summer Bucket-List bucket! I used it last year, and it completely saved us. It took our days of constant discussions like “mommy, I’m bored.” Or “mommy what are we going to do today, or this hour or this second” and honestly took me into summer mommy bliss.
“The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Ps. 29:11
Here’s the nitty gritty: All you do is grab tons of cheap and fun ideas and print them out. I laminated my list because I dislike doing things over and over and I LOVE my laminator so it just made sense. Then I cut them out and threw them into the bucket. At that time I had a 4 year old and a 1 year old so I will have to tweak some of them as they get older but each morning we got up and picked something from our bucket. They included items such as:
-Go to a zoo
-Have a picnic in the backyard
-Make homemade ice cream
-Watch the clouds
-Play in the sprinklers
-Grow a butterfly garden
There were some days we had to pick out of our jar more than once but it was so worth it to have a third party (our bucket-list bucket) make the decision for us. There are lots of great lists out there. Here are 2 of my favorites:
Oh and here’s a secret tip for those of you with kiddos not yet reading. If your kids pick “Go to the zoo” on a day it’s pouring rain….I went ahead and read out “Play in the rain” and put “Go to the zoo” right back in the pot. And I never felt guilty once.
Now go and enjoy these 66 days momma’s! You deserve some summer fun too!
“This is what the Lord says to me: “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” Isaiah 18:4
A little about the author: My name is Heather and I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve heard Julie speak at Fearless Mom and felt my life change in an instant! I mean 20/20 Parenting, come on…that’s amazing!!! Keeping the next 20 years in mind rather than getting bogged down in the current 20 seconds or 20 minutes gets me through tough times with kiddos often! Especially when my hubby Andrew is out of town or working which he is most days! I’m truly blown away by the Fearless Mom message weekly. I’m a part-time working Momma with her own business, a full time Stay at Home Momma, head chef, chauffeur, boo boo kisser and chief time-outsetter for 2 kiddos. My daughter Charley is 5 going on 13 and my son, Britton, is 2 and wearing 4T clothes. People often ask me if they are twins. Fun fact about me, you’ll never see me in the front row of a Fearless Mom video because I’m back stage working in the tech room. That’s right, if you ever see something misspelled on the screen you can be sure that I’m back stage wondering how in the heck I didn’t see it the first 300 times I read through it. You might even be able to hear me mentally kicking myself. Ha! But seriously, thanks to each and every Fearless Mom out there for taking this journey with us. Growing together into the mothers and wives God created us to be is beyond empowering.