SUMMER IS HERE!
I have been looking forward to this for such a long time.
It was a long winter, and I just plain missed my boys.
Because as much as I love the fall, I am not ready for it to be here quite yet and I want to make my summer feel like it lasts.
Here are a few things I think are important if you want to make the most of your summer!
1. Plan ahead!
I decided that this year, we would plan ahead to make sure that there were certain things we did before the summer got away from us!
I printed out questions for all the kids and me and Adam to fill out…
~A new food they want to try, a place they want to visit, something new they can learn, a Bible passage to memorize, something to pray for, and a few other things. This makes it fun, because THEY get to pick and it also helps to keep us all accountable!
Adding fun little things to the summer helps you feel accomplished!
My parents have a cottage at the lake this year, so we have some planned days that we will spend the day there, Friday nights at our church are family fun nights with a cookout, beach volleyball, basketball and archery! Those are a few things we are planning to do.
Don’t forget to plan ahead with more than just you and your family in mind. Find an organization that you can volunteer one day for, pick a missionary family you can write to, pick a family in church you can bring a meal to! Remember that planning ahead is not just about filling your day with fun, it’s about serving others too!
2. Be flexible!
As important as it is to plan, it is almost equally important to be flexible!
It is important for all of us to learn how to improvise when something does not go as planned! Making plans for an outside adventure and then having an unexpected thunder storm can happen! It’s a good idea to learn how to have a positive attitude in spite of that and find something else to replace it on the spot!
Also, when people are so planned and rigid, they just aren’t that fun (no offense!) I like to have plans but also be ready to change things up if necessary!
3. Don’t set your expectations too high!
The first thing J wanted to do when he filled in “Fun place to go on a family trip” was to go to Lego Landddd!!! In Floridaaaa!!!
Ok. Let’s be realistic. Ha! Don’t plan your summer so filled to the brim that everyone is exhausted and miserable by the time it’s over!
Some of my favorite times with my family are just sitting around the dinner table, watching a movie in the living room or going to the beach at night! Spending time with your family and friends can be so rich and enjoyable! Don’t forget to realize what you have and spend your summer enjoying it!
4. Enjoy every moment!
When things go wrong, when everyone is just having a bad day, when things seem mundane…ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!
Where you are right now with your family is a place you will never be again! Enjoy everything.
The simple giggles, the meals together, the cleaning, the long trips. Stuck in traffic. With no air conditioning (hypothetically speaking)
Turn the music up and dance for goodness sake! I can’t tell you how many strange looks or thumbs up I’ve gotten while being stuck in traffic and dancing in the car! Every time you make pancakes? Turn up the music and SING AND DANCE!
Enjoy life to the full! Don’t be grouchy, don’t be discontent. BE JOYFUL.
5. Don’t hold a grudge!
Life is too short, people.
This one speaks for itself. Don’t wast your summer days holding a grudge and being bitter towards people.
It’s literally a no win situation for everyone.
It’s not biblical, it’s not enjoyable and it’s not healthy!
The summer is going to go by so fast! Don’t waste these days with a critical spirit!
So there you have it. Making the most of your summer takes a conscious effort.
But it’s so important!
I have already enjoyed a graduation party for my niece (2 1/2 hours away but totally worth it) and a week in New Jersey with my sister!! (72 hours away…if you add in the minutes of my life lost getting hit on the highway, and all the calories I burned driving home with no a.c. and getting stuck in traffic! Ha! But again, totally worth it! Making the effort, and spending time with family is something I will NEVER regret!