Summer is officially here - today, yep thats right, it's the first day of summer so break out the piggy bank, a map and start planning!
Ok, so not entirely, but it's a great idea, right? One of the things, in my household, we try to do each year is plan one major family vacation(coming up in a couple of weeks). We will always throw in a couple of smaller trips and family things, but we like to have something BIG for the kids to look forward to that is out of the ordinary.
This year we are taking the kids to the beach. "The beach? What's so special about the beach?" you ask...well no, it is not the first time they've been to the beach, but I have some water lovin' kids and where we live, there is no beach. This year we are planning on spending 5 days in a condo on the beach where the kids can stay and play ALL DAY LONG! (and hopefully wear themselves out too.) They are excited...sand and sun and surf - they want to fish and play on the boogie boards and build sand castles...it's really cool to see their faces and listen to their chatter.
Why do we do this each year? 20 years ago (which seems like forever) times were different. Yes, I know, ALL parents say this - but truth is, they were. My mom would kick me outside in the morning and I wouldn't return home until the sun set. I would run rampant thru my neighborhood with my friends and never once did my parents worry. Each summer, my dad would pack up the car and we would take one trip...usually to a mission or some other historical site where we would learn some history and then we would head home. I would get to explore some new town away from home and then it was back to typical summer life. I always enjoyed the getting away and seeing something new...this is what I try to do for my kids now.
In a world full of computers and electronic games (especially when it is super hot outside) it is hard to get the kids to want to go out and enjoy something different. I know that right now, my kids are young enough that their worlds don't revolve around their friends and I can still pack them up and leave town for a week. I doubt this will last forever, but maybe, if I start now, this will be something they too will look forward to when they are older.
On a side note (***update to yesterdays post***) - Jr came home after camp and I asked him how his day was...what did he do at camp?
"Oh I played with some lego's - it fell on it's bum and said "I think I broke my nuts." (laughter)
"What?! - "Did you say you played with some legos and it fell on its bum?"
"Yep, and it said "I think I broke my nuts." (more laughter)
(trying not to laugh out loud at the humor in this statement) "Oh, ok."
(Daughter from the background) "Ewe, mom - I know what bum is - he's talking about his butt again. What are nuts?"
Oh dear lord...the joy's of raising both boys and girls....
What is your fondest summer vacation memory?