We are one week into summer (Michael’s last day was last Wednesday) and I am already in fear of the summer being wasted by trips to swim lessons and hours of the boys playing video games SOOOooo….
I made a list.
One of Tim’s co-worker’s wife has started up a website entitled The Small Change Project and she is a life coach of sorts. The website is positive and full of tips to make the most of your day. I have been casually checking the past couple weeks and one thing that seems to be a common thread in many of her posts is list making and actually following through with said list.
I am no stranger to list making. I love making a list. Following through, well… that has been a life long battle. Think I am exaggerating? Ask my Mom about my 7th grade science project on the common cold.
So in order to squelch my fears of the summer passing us by in the blink of an eye, I am making a list and you my friends are going to help hold me accountable. I don’t want fall to come and have to start taking out the bins of winter gear feeling like we didn’t make the most of summer break.
Expect to see me grow as a photographer this summer as I practice shooting more in manual mode on all (or at least most) our adventures. Get ready for my translucent skinned middle child to gain a sun kissed healthy glow on his cheeks, and be ready to cheer when Elise masters riding her trike and Michael learns to ride his without training wheels because we are going to take full advantage of some of the best parks MN has to offer.
I won’t be able to do everything on the list on my own with the kids so some of these adventures will have to wait for weekend or for Tim’s summer vacation but many of them are feasible activities for the many times overwhelming one parent to three kid ratio. I have even contemplated hiring a neighbor girl to come with on a few adventures so I could have another set of hands. And maybe if the adventure is fun enough I can tempt Beth to drive down for a day or two to help out!
Here is what I have so far, and I plan on adding more as the summer goes on. I found many of these places on Get Out Minnesota which is a great website for kids.
- Interstate Park Little Explorers
- Rent a canoe and paddle the 8 mile route on Cannon River
- Campfire program at Lake Elmo
- See the Roe Family Singers at the Blue Grass Festival at Lake Elmo
- Ironhorse Railroad Park and visit the museum and take a train ride.
- mini golf at Goony Golf or play a quick round after spending the day at the Jim Lupient Water Park
- Maybe try some rock climbing?
- Ice cream at Nelson’s in Stillwater
- Check out some MN Water Trails in our raft (if it still holds air!)
- Build a Bean Bag Toss game out of scrap wood and have the kids help paint it.
- Mix up some sidewalk chalk paint again — this was a hit in previous summers
- Make giant bubbles.
- Play at the splash park.
- Take in a Twins or Saints game.
- Do a nature scavenger hunt with the kids at Ravine Park
- Visit Look Out Ridge on a rainy day
- or instead of escaping the rain — play in the rain.
- do Michael’s reading time outside whenever possible
There is so much to do and so little summer.
What is your favorite family summer activity? What was your favorite summer activity as a kid? We had serious water fights and intense games of kick the can in the neighborhood I grew up in!