The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about how to plan an intentional summer for your family. I hope that you’ve taken some time to download your free planning guide and that you’ve been working through it. If you’re just now joining us, hop over to this post to catch up.
Planning is a Blessing
Taking time to really determine what would bring the most joy to my family this summer has been such a blessing to us. We are already a month into our summer since we wrapped up school in early May, and we have been having so much fun.
Even more than the fun is that I know we are enjoying the right things – the things we find most important to us as a family. We haven’t gotten caught up in all the things other families have planned or are doing together. Nor do we have the guilt that we should be doing something else when we’re enjoying a long weekend out of town instead of home for another event taking place.
Today, I want to walk through how I went about answering the third question I asked myself when I started thinking about our summer.
What are the big impact activities that will help me accomplish my objectives?
Remember, my objectives are to enjoy my children’s childhood and focus on relationships.
In the summer, I like that there isn’t a great need for structure, so I don’t always need a plan. However, when I’m feeling bogged down and uninspired, having some ideas written out helps me get over the hump and pick something fun to do – to either enjoy my children’s childhood or invest in relationships with others.
When we aren’t traveling or enjoying visits from friends and family, much of our time is spent at home throughout the week. Writing out a simple plan helps me to be intentional to spend quality time with my kids everyday.
After thinking about what matters to my children, I came up with some categories for activities I can plan each week.
- Cooking lessons
- Go somewhere
- Play a game
- Nature related
I chose five categories for the five days of the working week when I’m home with the kids by myself, but I didn’t assign a day of the week to a specific activity.
“Make Something Monday,” “Go Somewhere Thursday,” etc. just make me feel trapped. What if I want to go somewhere on Monday, but I said that was a Thursday activity? The thought made me break out in hives.
Okay, not really, but it did give me that constricting feeling in my chest. So, I passed on the cute printables sweet friends have been sharing for planning the perfect summer and chose a simple list written in my bullet journal to use for my family.
I feel like the categories are pretty broad, but they give me a frame work to operate from to help make planning our weeks easier.
One of my boys loves anything art related activities and the other wants to be a “a cooker” when he grows up. These categories will help me be intentional to invest in the things that are important to my children, keeping those relationships at the forefront of our summer fun.
Our Summer Bucket List
Then, I made a Summer Bucket List for my family. This was loads of fun.
I checked my Summer Pinterest Board to see what I’ve been “pinning to do later,” as well as asked my family members what they wanted to do. I thought about my favorite things to do as a kid, and then just made a running list of all the ideas.
We may not do everything, and we may do things not even on the list, but this list is a list of fun things to do that are seasonal and memory making.
Our Summer Bucket List (in case you’re in need of some inspiration):
- Go kayaking
- Make homemade ice cream
- Complete a summer reading program
- Complete the Presidential Fitness Program
- Go fishing
- Take a family bike ride
- Make snow-cones
- Make tie-dye shirts
- Catch lightening bugs
- Make a slip and slide
- Pick blueberries
- Create a water gun course
- Enjoy a water balloon fight
- Watch a professional (or minor league) baseball game
- Play putt-putt golf
- Go to the driving range
- Play Twister
- Watch the clouds
- Play croquet
- Play yard darts
- Go to Vacation Bible School
- Play bad mitten
- Play Frisbee golf
- Build a fire pit
- Learn to play hopscotch
- Make a sidewalk town
- Enjoy a week at the beach
- Picnic at the beach as often as we can
- Go to Jamestown
- Go to Busch Gardens
- Go to Revolutionary War Museum
- Tour the Watermen’s Museum
- Tour all the buildings in Williamsburg
- Take a couple of trips to the Virginia Living Museum
- Make an outdoor tent
- Experiment with what melts in the sun?
- Learn to weave a basket
- Set up a sidewalk long jump
- Play with ice
Plan for Summer Reading
Summer is a great time for reading, reading, and reading some more. It’s truly my favorite time to enjoy reading with my kids because there are so many fun incentives to do it!
Summer Reading Programs We Are Participating In:
There are many more summer reading programs that I’m sure we’ll discover along the way. I’d love to hear which ones you’re doing in the comments!
In addition, we picked a few read-alouds that have also been made into movies to enjoy together.
So, what about you?
- What are some things you loved to do as a kid in the summer?
- What are some activities you can plan to help meet your goals for the summer?
If you want some help planning your summer, I’ve put together a free planning packet for you to download. Just pop your email address into the form below and I’ll send it right over to you!
This wraps up Your Intentional Summer Planning Series!
If you missed a post, here the links to each one:
- Introduction to Your Intentional Summer Planning Series
- Learning to Live Seasonally – Part 1
- Simplify Your Work – Part 2
- You are on Part 3 right now 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful summer full of fun and memories.
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