I am so happy to be participating in the “Funner in the Summer” post series! Thanks for having me. My kids are in year-round school so summer is a bit different than it was when I was growing up. Didn’t summer seem like it lasted FOREVER? My poor kids don’t quite get that. We have to pack a lot of summer into about a month and a half.
I thought I’d share something that my mom did and we LOVED. As soon as school got out, we’d get out a big calendar and have a planning meeting. We’d mark down all our trips and camps. Then the other days were assigned a theme. Monday would be library day, Tuesday was sewing or craft, Wednesday was swimming, Thursday cooking, & Friday would be an outing like the zoo, park or museum.
We loved the routine of this schedule and looked forward to each new activity each day. The activities weren’t long or complicated but I have great memories of learning to sew a bag, making cookies, and having fun with my family.
Since my kids have such a short summer, we try to do this but on an abbreviated level. We make a list of everything we want to do during the vacation from school then fill in each day of our calendar with one of our activities.
Some of our activities could be big like a trip to the lake. Or they could be small like going to get snow cones. It’s just fun to see it all planned out and make it something special.
I made a Summer 2010 Calendar for you if you want to plan your summer. I know there will be a ton of great things shared here on Thirty Handmade Days. I am guessing our calendar will be filled with the amazing ideas! I’d better write small.
So go ahead and print out the calendar for your own personal use. It fits onto a legal size paper- make sure you set your printer to borderless printing. Fill it out and hang it where you can see it. Once summer is over don’t throw away your calendar, put it away as a mini journal of your activities this year.
Have a great summer!
Heather is a graphic designer and mom to six kids! She blogs at the Modern Hive where she writes a little about family life and her passion for graphic design. I love all of what she shares but particularly her family franchise series and weekly quotes. Recently she helped start Good Look Cookbook, a design related blog and a new favorite of mine.
Thank you Heather! I already printed my calendar out- can’t wait to fill it up.