Even though my kids are still very young and are not all in school yet, we went ahead and kicked off our own little start to Summer Break this week. We spent many hours applying and removing sunscreen, and also a few hours in the sprinkler and the baby pool.
I started out the week with high aspirations. Of course I wanted to teach all my kids to read on an 8th grade level, to tie their own shoes, ride a bike, become fluent in a foreign language, teach myself to play the guitar, etc. So far we have managed to get out of our PJ's by noon (almost every day!) and we survived our first kiddie trip to the dentist, which was a big accomplishment. And it's flip-flop season anyway, so the shoe tying lessons can wait.
At any rate, we have lots of fun activities already on the agenda for the next few months including trips, weddings, camps, and I think we might just need to make our home a place of fun and relaxation for a while. If we can do a little learning along the way, that's great, but my kids are young, and the lazy Summer days are long but fleeting.
One thing we plan on squeezing into our schedule is scooping and enjoying plenty of ice cream cones. My family loves ice cream and this is the perfect time of year to take them outside and hose down the mess when everything is gone! A few days ago I treated the kids to a post-lunch ice cream cone. I went inside to grab some napkins and when I came back out, I discovered this:
Hmmm. Mysterious Ice cream drops all over the sandbox step. Gross.
Ok, here is the rest of the cone. Where is the little guy?
Oh, there he is.
Please note the ice cream AND SAND all over his mouth.
I wonder where he got the idea to lick the dropped ice cream off the sand box?
Enjoy your summer and don't feel guilty if you have a few lazy days!
Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow