The end of the school year is almost here! Nicholas is finishing preschool, and his last day is June 1st. Now I’m asking the question every parent asks – how did it go so fast?
I want to be a little bit selfish this summer. All him, all me, all the time. He’s starting kindergarten in the fall, and I want to soak up every moment with him before full school days start. When I asked him what he’d like to do, however; he said, “Go back to camp, Mommy”! So, he is already signed up for a week of outdoor adventure camp with a local program we love, as well as a couple weeks of camp at his school. They are both only half day camps, and he attended both last summer and loved them. He would come home each day exhausted and at the same time excited to tell me about everything he did that day.
I don’t want to fill up all of his days though. I want him to have the kind of summer that I had as a kid. A mostly unplanned summer where you aren’t running from place to place, from practice to program, but a summer where we spent all of our time doing what kids do best, playing.
One of the things that I’m most excited for is our family vacation. Some of my best memories of childhood come from family vacations. I can’t remember one where I didn’t have a blast. This year we booked a small, rustic cabin on a little lake in Maine. We’ll be close to my parents who live a couple of towns over, but have our own space. There are kayaks, a fire pit, a screened porch, and a direct view of the water. Also, there isn’t any wifi (a fact that I haven’t yet shared with my husband). It’ll be nice to go “off grid” for a little bit. We’ll play games, spend the day on the beach, take a ride on a lobster boat, and grill for dinner each night. I’m already relaxed. Ahhhhhhh.
Other than a week on the lake, my “plan” (if you can call it that), is to spend a lot of time in our backyard. There will be lazy days with water tables, sandboxes, bubbles, and bikes. We’ll build car ramps out of branches, splash on the slip and slide, play freeze-tag, and maybe have a lemonade stand. Summer nights will be filled with midnight tag, catching lightning bugs for a night light, camping out, and perhaps a few fire pit fires with sangria for the mommies. Nice and easy.
What are your plans for this summer?
xoxo – Jeannine