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Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer time is here...

We have 7 days of school left. I am glad this year is coming to an end in many ways. Although I likely won't be getting dressed before 11 a.m. during the summer either. A few girlfriends of mine are on year-round school and are out for a few weeks right now. It's only been a few days and they are going crazy. I've experienced both year round and traditional. And while both have benefits, I am a traditionalist--at least when it comes to the school schedule.

How do you stay sane during this time? Remember you are making memories, and you want them to be good ones. Not ones of Mom pulling her hair out and throwing her hands up in desperation. I have to say my Mom gave us suggestions of how to bust our boredom and let us decide how to solve our problems. It's a lesson we all need to know...self sufficiency, independence and all. I really like my kids, and most days even like hanging out with them. So here's a few quick ideas to make FUN memories this year.

Make homemade Popsicles.
Random Box game- fill a box with random items and have the kids act out a story incorporating the items.
Balloon bust- with or without water pop balloons with your body.
Neighborhood Olympics- celebrate the London Olympics by creating your own courses and invite the neighbors over to play. Awards can be 'gold' medals (chocolate gold coins on a ribbon), silver could be Peppermint Patties on a ribbon; bronze maybe a couple of Rolos taped together. Sports could include 4 square, tic-tac-toe, jump rope, basketball or bean bag toss.
Picnic- take a trip to a new park in a nearby city and enjoy lunch. You could also take lunch to a relative. Check out local splash parks too.
Make jewelry- I know this sounds hard, but it's not. Many craft stores have easy to make necklaces, earrings, etc. and you can even find stuff for boys like leather key chains or bracelets or boondoggle (vinyl ribbon). These are inexpensive and easy. You can also use old, broken jewelry and remake it. I used beads off an old lamp to make a fabulous pair of "recycled" earrings this summer.
Have a parade- you don't need a holiday to decorate your bikes and go for a ride.
Graveyard Hunt- Before you freak out, this is for ancestral research. Find the location of a relatives' grave and take flowers to it. Many states have a burial website ( Record the information on the stone, take pictures and then you can always find out their stories through the LDS Family Search Program or other relatives.

Let the fun begin!

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