Today marks the official first day of the kids’ summer vacation. They have 69 days of summer vacation before school starts again September 1. This year, both kids opted not to go to camp. Now that I am working part-time from home, this is the first time in awhile where camp was an option and not a necessity. Despite the variety of camps presented to them: town camp, Girl Scout/Cub Scout camp or sports camp, neither of them wanted to go. I reminded them that they shouldn’t expect to “hang out” with their friends every day since most of their friends are at camp all day. So, now, what is a mom to do with 69 days of summer?
Well, first I bought myself a mini notebook to journal our summer adventures. Yes, I said adventures. If you know me well, “adventure” is not a word that you’d normally associate with me. I’m a creature of habit and routine. However, if you read Wednesday’s post, I wrote about my daughter’s moving up to middle school in the fall. With this upcoming change I know that spending time with her mom will soon be replaced by wanting to spend all her time with her friends. So, I plan to take the kids on outings. We can tackle our Hudson Valley Summer Bucket List as well as explore New York City. We can eat our way through Westchester County and spend lazy days at the park. Whatever we do, I am taking advantage of this time that we do have to spend together.
I also found two notebooks for the kids to decorate and use as their own summer journals. Not only will they keep up their writing skills, but they will have a souvenir of their hopefully fun summer!
And for those days that we spend at home, this sign was made. Now, my son won’t be constantly asking to play the Xbox.
Follow along with NY Foodie Family on the blog and on Instagram, as we fill our 69 days of summer!