I hope when they get older,
my kids will have as great
a memory of summer as I do.
It's that time again! Time when I start to think about summer and all the fun to be had in a few very short weeks--though it kinda gets its kick off this weekend. I try to (at least) start out prepared, fridge stocked with ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, picnic supplies and lemonade, a few new books for summer reading, and a stack of supplies by the back door for outdoor fun.
As my kids get older, I've added a few of the more 'classic' chapter books to our library every year. I started making a list of those I bought intentionally, but then I found this link--and we've read/or own the greater majority--and the list gave me some great leads for this year's books, too: Love That Dog, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Artemis Fowl, & Ella Enchanted are all in contention for this summer.
And here's some of what I'll be stocking up on for easy access all summer:
Binoculars and bird book
stargazing chart--meteor shower guide (there's one this weekend!)
bell jar/magnifying glass/bug catching net--butterfly/bug guide
We usually have a list of places to visit, as well, like local museums, nature centers, library. I'm always looking for free things to do, and I anticipate a lot of time spent in the garden and pool.
For me, it might be a
long, hot, sweaty summer being pregnant,
but I certainly plan to make
the best of it. Pretty soon
it will only be a memory.