Three cheers for summer: What’s your big plan?

I’m so glad it’s summer. I love not having a set routine or a set time to get up. I love the kids being able to pursue their own agendas – lollygagging in bed reading a book, filling water balloons in the backyard, creating a You Tube channel. (Guess who’s making the You Tube channel?)

We love to swim in the late afternoons while grilling our dinner. We love to play card games at night around the kitchen table. We love curling up for movies on the couch after a long day of swimming.

Summer also means travel for our family. The kids love seeing new places and crossing states off our list. We will cross three states off this summer when we visit Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons – Idaho, Montana and Wyoming!

We love being on the open road and seeing the West. (Although there are minivan problems. Check out Tuesday’s blog on our minivan dilemma.) I am excited to get them unplugged and back to nature with hiking and camping.

We’re starting the summer off slowly this weekend. My plan is to clean and get organized while Michael takes the kids to Phoenix Comiccon. (You get free kids passes when you buy an adult pass.)

I feel very lucky and blessed to have this wonderful time with my kids exploring their interests and just relaxing!

What are your big plans for summer? What does your family like to do together — night swimming or getting shaved ice or catching fireflies? What summer projects do your kids want to pursue?  Do you have a special summer dinner routine?

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May 24th, 2013
12:36 pm

I will be taking the kids to FL. so that they can spend the month of June visiting their parents..In July, my nephew is gettting married, so will be spending a week in the mountains..We usually take the kids to several different places during the summer, just haven’t decided where this year..

Our summer dinner routine, is mostly salads and cold foods..No cooking in my house in June, July or August..I do have a crock pot and a electric baker that I keep on the back patio and will cook in those..


May 24th, 2013
12:56 pm

At the FL beach right now with my daughter. I have a meeting in a few hours and she is at the pool :). My sister and I will also take a trip. Then, my husband and I will take a week in CA in August. After the kids go back to school. He went with me to the beach in April and was off all week. I only worked in the morning.

I have almost 40 shows booked this summer for summer camps. Unusual for me but I now have off several weeks during the school year so I can travel when it is not too busy. I used to try to stay home in the summer, with my kids, but now they are grown. Different for me but I am excited to get to go to a few new places and meet the kids. I hope others will invite me too!

We also tackle one home remodel project in the summer. Downstairs is done and now we will move upstairs.


May 24th, 2013
1:27 pm

Still have 3 more weeks of school til summer in my neck of the woods.

Whoa, fred...

May 24th, 2013
1:36 pm

…you must live up north…


May 24th, 2013
1:38 pm

Memorial Day – go to the lake
June – go to the lake
July – go to the lake
August – go to the lake
September – go to the lake

And in our off time we will go to the lake.


May 24th, 2013
1:56 pm

@lakerat..Too funny..Hope that y’all have a blast..

With the kids gone for a month, I might go to TX to visit an old friend..Have a few places in mind that I would like to see, so looking forward to that..

@MJG..Husband is at home now prepping things out back for a screened (sp) back patio..Really looking forward to that…

Hope that evreyone has a very safe and happy holiday weekend…


May 24th, 2013
2:05 pm

My Mom has the kids over the next couple of weeks while I work. They have sleep away camp (differnt week per child)in June. Then off to see their Dad for a bit.

I appreciate the summer (especially the weeks they are with their Dad) b/c it is just me trying to get out in the morning.

Knowing my parents…the kids won’t lollygag. They will plant gardens, do crafts, and learn things.


May 24th, 2013
2:13 pm

@ MJG when my kids are gone I usually do some project too. I am thinking I might tile the backsplash in the kitchen.

Plus I go through all the clothes to see what we keep and what goes to goodwill as it won’t fit next school year.

I will have the kids each night they are with my mom…she is only keeping them day time hours.

Everyone be safe over the long weekend!


May 24th, 2013
4:15 pm

Just going to try to do some of the things I never get around to. I will have a small garden if the deer and bear and weather! cooperate. I am only going to plant 1/3 of what I usually do. Just not up to much–health issues.

Hope to visit the grands I don’t see often. No family vacation this year.

Oh, and I am bringing in some new chicks. Hope it works out. Also have to watch for hawks, possums, and coyotes.

Hope everyone else has a wonderful, safe summer!


May 24th, 2013
4:34 pm

@ catlady you forgot a part:

deer and bear and weather oh my!


May 24th, 2013
5:01 pm

Just got back from an early vacation-visiting my sis & niece in San Francisco, then my youngest boy who’s stationed at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, WA outside of Seattle. He’s being deployed in a few weeks so it was my last chance to see him before he goes (sniff sniff). The rest of the summer will be spent shuttling back and forth to FL to visit my oldest, his wife and my beautiful precious grand baby. Can’t believe he’s almost 8 months old already ❤


May 24th, 2013
6:19 pm

Actually, FCM, 2 years ago we had a “painter cat” that walked thru my neighbor’s garden! Pawprint the size of 4 quarters, no claw prints! Oh, MY! I was VERY cautious in the garden at dusk and early in the morning.


May 24th, 2013
7:33 pm

@BlondeHoney…thank you for your son, we appreciate his service. My children’s father has deployef a few times, I know how it goes for family. Prayers for all our Service people this weekend.


May 24th, 2013
8:08 pm

@FCM, thank you SO much…very much appreciate all the support from not only our blog family but our American family :)


May 24th, 2013
8:19 pm

I love not having to shuffle my 4 year-old son out the door to preschool in the morning. We’re heading to Central Florida next week. We’re staying in Orlando but going to Legoland and Busch Gardens. Will visit family in North Georgia a couple of times (we live on the coast). Will spend the rest of the summer swimming, having playdates and exploring the kid-friendly activities available to us. Summer is great!


May 25th, 2013
5:03 am

@BlondeHoney…guess you have been too busy with your grandchild to chime in :)? I have missed you! Glad all is well and thanks too for your son’s service. My husband was Navy …years ago.

catlady…I hope you can fit some time in to visit with me! FCM…you too! Becky, I need to see you too but have not had time, when I am on your side of town.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Mother of 2

May 25th, 2013
7:34 am

I, too, love the summer! My younger son just finished a difficult junior year of high school. He plans to relax as much as possible. My older son is in college, so he will work as much as possible.

We also grill and swim most evenings, and try to watch a movie, or TV show each night. Puzzles, board ames, and card games fit onto our schedule. We take walks in the neighborhood after dinner and reconnect with our neighbors. We’ll take a week long vacation to the Midwest and visit family.

After a very hectic school year, we are all looking forward to some down time. Enjoy your summer!


May 25th, 2013
10:23 am

Last of ours graduated high school this past Thursday – Leaving soon for two weeks in Germany, then back to get him started in college in August. Early fall, the better half and I will head down to Jamaica for a while.


May 26th, 2013
12:41 pm

We’ll be swimming in those contaminated public pools, sleeping in, and organizing the clutter that builds up every school year. My oldest will head off to Boy Scout camp in a couple of weeks, but after that, there’s not much on the schedule.


May 26th, 2013
4:12 pm

laid back summer for us…. my kids do summer swim teams (competitions with other subdivisions), but that will be over by the end of June. In the meantime, I plan to hit the local places like the Aquarium, Fernbank, Gwinnett Enviornmental Heritage Center. I really want to go to the old civil war graveyard in Atlanta and eat at the restaurant “6 feet under”.

Every July we travel to Ohio to visit family. Sometimes, I wish we were doing something more fun like Yellowstone, but my husband and I have Zero family near us… they all live in the same small town in Ohio and I feel like I owe my kids the chance to get to know their cousins and make some memories with them. So during that week, they go camping in the backyard, trip to the drive in (I secretly love this one), and lots of swimming and hanging out.

Then the other 3 weeks of July we will do…. Absolutely Nothing. It’s perfect!


May 27th, 2013
9:10 am

Work, work and more work- Boo! Our son graduated Saturday morning and has orientation at college Friday. We won’t have much outside the norm (Scouts, Youth & cycling) going on until August when he heads down to school. No big vacation plans this year (between writing a fat check to the IRS and the college the boy’s headed to, there is no money left!) I’m sure we’ll do lots of grilling, hang out with friends and enjoy our house. We also have a garden to tend to and a big cycling race in September to train for. We’re hoping to take a couple of long weekends for camping this fall though since we won’t have to worry about school/sports schedules so much and can basically go when we want.

Hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day and thanks to all who have or are serving!


May 27th, 2013
7:40 pm

Two grandkids got here today from Maryland, the other two coming in Wednesday from West Virginia. So we’ll be parenting again for two 8 year olds, one that is 9 and one that is 10! Three boys and the youngest is a girl! We are excited. Can’t do much since we don’t have a mini van but it’s gonna be a wonderful 6 weeks!