Simply Summer

This week I want to share an inspirational post by Happily Whole:

The other day my sister and I were talking about summer. Even living hours apart, we were on the same page!


Simplicity.


That’s what we want out of our summers–simplicity. A simple summer….really, a simple life. Not spendy, super busy or excessive. Just simple, real and revitalizing.


To achieve it, so far, I’ve pulled out the library schedule of free activities, made a list of fun and local family field trips and a list with random acts of kindness.

 

I’ve reset my alarm thirty minutes later and recommitted to eat breakfast outside with my first bite being words from a little devotional my girls enjoy.  Simple and satisfying!

 

We’ll craft, picnic, read, play . . . and yes, we will linger a little longer just looking at God’s great creation.

 

A simple summer sounds right.  With time to breathe and for calm and contemplation.

 

Are you planning to practice simplicity this summer?  Please do share so we can all gather ideas to live a little more simply this summer . . .

 

Unfortunately, I started my summer by setting my alarm thirty minutes earlier this week to make sure my daughter didn’t miss the bus for summer day camp.  As we jogged across the parking lot to catch the bus, it struck me that working moms can have a tough time simplifying their summer because they’re still stuck in the same office all day long.  What can we do to help our kids relax and enjoy a simple summer?

First, choose a great summer day camp.  I give two thumbs up to Camp Winnebago, for those in my neck of the woods.  They have an excellent outdoor curriculum with tons of special activities my daughter enjoys.  Bonus: I don’t feel guilty I’m not at home with my daughter because those college student camp counselors are way more fun and energetic than a mom could ever be.

Next, scale back on the extra-curricular activities.  During the school year, these classes can snowball, filling every night of the week with after-school obligations.  For summer break, I cut back to the summer basics: swimming.

Finally, look for local weeknight or weekend adventures for the whole family to enjoy together.  In our community there are tons of outdoor options for music, movies, picnics, and swimming.  Many of them are free.  This weekend, pour some lemonade and find a beach to stick your toes in the sand.  It’s your summer vacation, too.

About Jennifer Kay

Jennifer Kay is a KidLit author and Structural Engineer. She has a VCFA MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, is an SCBWI Rockford Network Rep, edits the SCBWI IL Prairie Wind, and belongs to Mystery Writers of America. Jennifer works as a writer, freelance editor, literary agency reader, and creative writing teacher.
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