Summer is officially here in the Pratt house!
Emily’s last day of school was last week, and the kids and I are in full summer swing! Jon will join us after his last day of school this week, and it will be the four of us, all home together for two months straight!
I love summer.
And this year, I love it even more because both of my kids are old enough that we can have some serious family fun! Nathan is walking and climbing all over the place, following his “sissy” around everywhere she goes. We’re spending hours in the backyard jumping on the trampoline and
eating drawing with chalk, and it’s already wonderful.
I know how it goes though, and in about 2.5 more hours, I’m gonna hear something along the lines of “I’m borrrrrrred…” from my active little girl. And about 20 minutes after that, I’m gonna want to pull all of my hair out because why can you not just find something to do already?!?!?!
So, this year I’m taking a proactive approach and making a loose plan for our weekdays this summer!
Here’s what our summer days will look like:
I like to hang out around the house on Mondays, catch up on laundry and get a good start on the week! But with two littles, I need to make sure that they are adequately occupied too. So Mondays are going to be our lazy days.
These Mondays are when we bust out our favorite summer toys. I’ll get out our favorite craft box, the paint with water books, the legos, and maybe even a movie after lunch, and let the kids go to town. I can really only handle crafts one day a week, so this is my way of limiting the large amounts of glue and cut paper that I find hidden around my house. Plus, Kiwi Crate saves my life in this area. I adore them!
On Tuesdays, we’re going to get out of the house by going to a park, maybe to the pond to feed the ducks, or even to the gym to use the pool! Something out of the house before lunch & naptime, so, you know, we all stay sane. This would be a good morning for errands too.
This is maybe my favorite day of the week! On Wednesdays, we head to the library and pick out a huge bag of new books (and audiobooks – hello! love those!) before heading home. We like to walk to the library, so I think that counts as a little exercise for the day, too.
When we get home, we grab a snack, and then spread out all the blankets & pillows on the floor, and both kids snuggle up and read their own stack of books! I did this with Emily this week, and IT ROCKED. She read for two hours straight. Nathan didn’t last as long, but I ended up putting on Sesame Street for him (it’s educational. don’t judge me.), and I got to read my book too! Win win win!
Thursdays In The Kitchen
I love this weekly baking date with my girl! Emmy loves to help bake and cook, and I want her to learn her way around the kitchen.
Yes, everything takes a little longer when she’s “helping”, but she’s learning, and we’re having fun together, so it’s worth it. Plus, I’m using this as an excuse to bake yummy things. Obviously. This one is our all-time favorite, followed closely by this cake that is to-die-for. We make these often!
We really aren’t going on any big trips this summer, so we’re planning just a few day trips throughout the next 9 weeks! We’ll use Fridays to do just that! Trips into the city, into the mountains, even just to a new park or zoo that we haven’t been to yet. Something fun and new to do together as a family. 🙂
And if you’re “bored”? Well, I’ve got a list for you, kid. I’ll work that word right out of your vocabulary.
Each Summer, I print out these daily signs and post them on the wall in our playroom! That way, my kiddos can see what’s going on each day. (And also access the Bored List for those terrible bouts of boredom.)
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And hey, if you do things on different days, no big deal. It is SUMMER, after all. Anything goes. We went to the library on Tuesday this week, instead of Wednesday. Gasp! But seriously, whatever works.
The idea is to keep things simple, fun, and as screen-free as possible!
What are you doing to create a fun & simple summer at your house? I’d love to hear your ideas!
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Kayse is a wife, mom, and founder of the Anchored Women community. She writes to help women fight busy, find rest, and build a life that’s anchored in Christ. Kayse is also the creator of the S.O.S. Planner, the Anchored Life Kit, and other practical resources that equip women to manage their homes and families in confidence. You can find her writing and her resources at anchored-women.com!