It seems every time I talk to someone at about their summer, they just sigh. It was too short, too hectic, and too hot. This was one of the hottest summers that I remember in South Caroonlina. For me, this was really the first summer I had two children. In '08 my daughter was born 2 weeks before school started back. In '09 my husband was out of work, so he was home the entire summer! Talk about spoiled. So the summer of '10 had me flying solo. I DID NOT DO THIS WELL! I resolve to do this better next year. Here is what I learned. It may or may not help you out. I will at least have a place to look back to come next June.
1. Have a list of ideas. I would draw a complete blank on things to do. If we didn't have a doctor's appointment or somewhere else to be, the three of us just stared at each other like we were lost. I forgot that we had passes to the zoo until 2 weeks before school started! Ack! Of course, it was SOOOO hot! Maybe I will have a jar that we can pick from. I just didn't have inspiration on the spot.
2. Space out camps, vacations, and vacation bible school. I did ok on this, but will do better. It seemed like for any type of camp we had it took a week to recover. I thought these things would make the summer easier, but they actually made it harder. It interrupted whatever schedule we had and got us out of the groove.
3. Save more of a summer activity fund. I've done this when my son was in a more expensive summer long program, but didn't do it for the small things. I'll try to save more for that next year.
4. I need to find better summer recipes. The idea of cranking up the gas stove was horrendous to me. It was just too hot! I'll be searching out a few 'no heat' recipes before June.
5. I will plan some nights out with friends. I had very little 'mommy recharge' time.
Leave me some comments on what ideas you use to get through the summer! I'd especially like to see some inexpensive ones!