My time with my children is moving so quickly. These happy days of childhood will be over all too soon, and in my earlier years as a mother, I was often so deep into survival mode, that I couldn't take the time to reflect on how quickly the days were flying by.
As I have grown to understand that my time to build relationships and influence my children is limited, I am even more intense about creating memories while we can. Because of this, I try to take time each season to brainstorm with them some favorite activities to complete. Each season has it's own special celebrations, and because there are fewer national holidays in the summer, we make a point of thinking up special summer celebrations.
Last summer, I found this amazing post by Ann Voskamp, which inspired me to look at even ordinary things as a celebration. As I started highlighting these occurrences to my children as special celebrations instead of taking them for granted as part of the everyday, our summer gained a little sparkle and delight.
This summer, we sat down and talked about all our dreams for the summer. Some of them are simple while others will take a bit more planning, but because we have created a culture that values simple fun, my kids didn't even think of asking for tickets to Disneyland, or a Hawaiian vacation.
On our list;
1. Sleep in a tent
2. Go to the beach
3. Roast s'mores
4. Have a party
6. Eat ice cream
7. Jump in a lake
8. Go to the fair
9. Go to a farmers market (I grow a fair bit of our fresh food, but haven't completely detached from grocery store produce.)
10. Ride bikes (we live on a dirt lane, so this takes a special effort.)
11. Pick berries
12. Read a novel (this one is for me, the kids seem to find time....)
|We rescued a baby bluebird.|
Through the years, we have also tried to find special books to celebrate the seasons.
Preschoolers and Peace highlighted some great picture books on this post.
We checked out a few of those, but have also enjoyed A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor as a book to celebrate the seasons, and also, Swallows and Amazons for a wonderfully fun summer read aloud.