Happy hump day friends! Our week has been a little crazy but we had a somewhat relaxing weekend, EllaBleu’s club volleyball season is over and now we seem to have so much more freedom during the week and weekends (thank you JESUS!) Matt and Grayson took their dirt bikes to the track Friday evening and had a blast. Saturday we went for a long mountain bike ride on a trail we haven’t done before and let me tell you, it was AWESOME! I can’t wait to get out there and do it again. We hung by the pool and got some landscaping done. We finally made it back to church and cherished being in the presence of the Holy Spirit. I love quiet easy weekends like that… Now, lets hope for the best this weekend!
So since this my kids last week of school I thought it would be fun to write about how to stay sane this summer! I have to admit, summer time around here is pretty easy (our older kids switch between our home and their other parents home) so I really can’t complain, but when my kids were younger and I was a full time working single mom, summer was NUTS and I was always frantic trying to find stuff to keep them busy and that didn’t break the bank. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years:
- Take full advantage of summer camps! Most camps in your area should have some type of scholarship or reduced price if you can’t afford the full price, it’s always worth asking. My older kids went to the YMCA in the summer when they were younger, they swam, took field trips and played sports, it was a great option for us.
- VBS– Vacation bible school is so fun! They meet new kids and learn about Jesus, it’s a win win! It’s also usually extremely affordable.
- Swap kids with a friend! If you have friends who have kids similar ages then do a trade off. Maybe one week they take your kids for a few days and the following week you take their kids. It will give you both a break you need and deserve!
- Summer Movie Fun- Our local theatre has a summer movie program where you can purchase movie tickets for like a dollar, no joke! I think you buy them in a bundle but I can’t remember. Anyway, it’s a fun and inexpensive way to entertain your kids. We always stop by Walgreens first and buy their $1 candy instead of paying the outrageous prices at the theatre. Also, they’re usually movies that have already come out, they’re not the newer movies playing in the theatre, but it’s still fun for the kids!
- Picnics– When my kids were little we did A LOT of picnics in the summer. It’s so easy to pack a lunch and head to a nearby park. My kids love our downtown area, there’s a ton of grass and trees and they love walking around the cowboy shops and getting ice cream.
As for my teenagers, this summer they will be busy working in the yard earning money (Austin is almost 16 and needs a car!) and hanging with their friends. They also have to be involved in something, whether it’s a sport, working out at the gym or in some type of club or activity. No lazy bones here if I can help it!
Y’all, I have no clue what I’m going to do next summer. Right now Hudson still goes to preschool 3 days a week, but that will all come to an end next year. I’ll be frantically searching for camps and re-reading these ideas I shared with you haha!
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