School is officially out for summer, which means I’ve got two very active and curious kids that need entertained all.day.long. If I don’t build a bit of structure into their daily schedules this time of year, we inevitably end up with an inordinate amount of fights, complaints of boredom, and overall stress on mama.
This year, I thought I’d get smart and try to put together a daily schedule for the kids as well as a kids chore chart. This way, expectations and responsibilities are laid out right at the beginning of summertime and we can set ourselves up for success – and more fun. Plus it helps me build into the day the “alone time” I need to get my work done!
I don’t know about you but, after this year’s brutal winter, I am welcoming summertime with open arms! Today I thought I’d share with you two cool summertime ideas that will help your family grow closer this season.
The first is how to build a campfire using only one log and some lighter fluid. It is a cool idea I came across in Cabin Life magazine. Below is a quick video tutorial I put together a few summers ago on how to do this.
Using this method, our campfire burns for more than three hours. It’s also a great conversation piece for our guests and a good way for us to use up a large log we would have otherwise needed to split before burning.
The second idea is the Summer Bucket List. Our family has turned this into an annual tradition. It’s so much fun to see what the kids dream up for us to do each year. At the end of summer, we typically get most or all of our list checked off! Below you’ll find a free, printable Summer Bucket List you can use for your own family adventures.
What adventures do you have planned with your family this summer?
The Christmas Bucket List printable is so practical because it really helps me prioritize the most important, essential and meaningful holiday to-dos I want to accomplish. If we’re not careful, we can easily get pulled in a million directions this time of year. This list helps me stay on track and keeps the stress level down. If it’s not on the list and isn’t required for our survival, I simply say no to it.
Click on the image to open an 8.5″x11″ pdf version you can send directly to your printer.
The second printable is a holiday guest checklist to help you get your home prepared for the arrival of holiday visitors. It lets you relax (a little) knowing you don’t have to try and remember all the to-dos.
I hope, in the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, you remember the One who came to offer us true joy and peace in this life and the next.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)