Having fun in the summer doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. There are so many different simple summer pleasures to be had. Let me list a few of them for you.
Make a pitcher of ice tea or homemade lemonade. Pour yourself a glass and take it to your favorite outdoor spot like the old porch swing.
Laying in a hammock in the backyard listening to the birds, the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of the crickets. A relaxing nap is optional.
Get the kids outside with some water. Fill up some bucket or one of those little blow up pools, give them some squirt guns, or just fill up a bunch of water balloons from the dollar store.
Dig out all those fun and comfortable summer clothes like sun dresses, pretty sandals, shorts and tank tops.
When is the last time you made homemade peach ice cream? Dig out the old ice cream freezer, grab some ripe peaches from a roadside produce stand and get to work. Let the kids help mix everything up and watch the machine do it’s magical work. Get out some bowls and spoons and dig in. Ice cream never tasted this good!
Summers are made for eating outside. Turn lunch into a backyard picnic or fire up the grill and cook hot dogs or burgers for dinner.
Who doesn’t love to play in the sprinklers. Get the kids into swim suits or play clothes and head to the front yard. Turn on the sprinklers and watch them have fun. If you’re tempted, go ahead and join in the fun. They’ll love it and you’ll have just as much fun as you did as a little girl.
Take the kids swimming to the same pool, pond, lake or beach you went to as a kid.
Check your local paper and websites and find a free outdoor concert to go to. Grab a blanket, some cold sodas and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy while you’re listening to the band.
Make reading books special. Take a trip to your local library and stop at a park on the way home. Spread an old blanket on the ground in a shady spot and have everyone read for an hour before heading back home.
Find a local orchard and see what’s in season. Spend the day picking produce and thinking of all the delicious things you can make with them from jellies and jams to frozen fruit smoothies.
Pack up the family and go on a road trip. Create a scrapbook or memory box of the trip to cherish in the cold winter months.
Go out in the backyard at night and see how many fireflies you can catch in a jar. Let the kids use them as a night light that evening, then release them the next morning.
Who says you can’t have milkshakes or pancake sundays for breakfast. It’s summer after all!
Last but not least, plan a trip to the beach, even if it’s just for the day. There’s nothing like sticking your toes in the sand and watching the waves roll in while your kids are busy making a sand castle.