School is almost out! How will you celebrate the end of the school year? Good question!
Let me just start by saying I LOVE summer! Not because of the weather, but because I love having my kids around. They are so much fun. I love family time.
In years past, I would take my kids to the local pizza/arcade place on the last day of school. We would rush over as soon as I picked them up. The kids would come out of class giggling and racing each other to the car just knowing where we were going. It was fun and exciting because if we didn't 'beat the crowd', we couldn't get a seat and the games would be over-crowded as well. It was a great way to celebrate the beginning of summer. Sadly... they have closed down due to the economy and we will opt for a quiet family afternoon with pizza and a movie.
This year, I'm going back to an older tradition. Summer Camp!... at home. We pick a week during the summer, mark the calendar, and schedule activities.
The kids choose a name for the camp, I buy blank t-shirts and fabric paint, and making our camp shirts with our own logo marks the first day. Other activities include; poster painting, making flagstones for the yard, cooking, baking, movie day, swimming in our blow-up pool, crafts, and anything else we can come up with. It's a lot of fun for the kids since they help with all of the planning. And it's great for me because all the activities are budget-friendly. The kids love having a schedule, they aren't bored, and we enjoy our time together. Most of all... it makes a lot of good memories.
Happy Summer! :)