Summer is coming.
(Cue the Game of Thrones references)
I actually like summertime. The mosquitos. The humidity. The profuse amounts of sweat, sweat and sweat trailing down my back. It’s great.
No, seriously, I really do like summer, especially a summer in Maryland. Steamed blue crabs, Thrashers fries from Ocean City and beach traffic. Basically, summer is coming, so I may as well say I like it because there is nothing I can do about it.
I am actually ready for my son to be done with school for the year. I honestly never want to make another peanut butter and jelly sandwich or search frantically for shoes for as long as I live.
Seriously, why are 90% of my sons shoes missing?? At this point, my only solution is to just buy more shoes. Because I don’t feel like looking for them.
I know that for as anxious as I am for the school year to be done, once mid July rolls around….I’ll probably be anxious to have some semblance of structure back in my life. Actually, I will be anxious for my littles to have structure back in their lives.
At first, blowing bubbles and playing in the sprinkler will be fun. There will be popsicles and sun hats (that stay on for three minutes) and bathing suits. Long days, later bedtimes and maybe some sleeping in.
That’s before we all run out of steam. Before they don’t know what to do with themselves, and mommy doesn’t know what to do with herself.
I see a lot of lists floating around this time of year containing an endless supply of summer activities for the children. And that’s great. I do like to keep those lists handy, they take the guesswork out of my days.
But, honestly, I don’t want to make paper mache and origami swans and tye dye shirts and do all of the things. I could probably fill up everyday with a host of activities if I wanted to. But that simply isn’t practical. By August, I’d be in the fetal position in my closet.
While I will probably never run out of ideas for things to do with and for my children during these long months, I will be wondering what I can do to save the last shreds of sanity I have left after I have drug out the baby pool, filled it with the hose and then hauled kettles full of warm water back and forth from the house seven times, only for my children to declare that they don’t want to swim anymore.
Where is MY summer? Where is my lazing about, my moment to enjoy blue crabs and longer days? Where is our chance to take advantage of long, sunny days and breezy, warm evenings, moms? How can we moms savor a little bit of summer for ourselves??
Never fear, I have the answer.
What if there were lists that had simple, fun things to do for both kids and moms? I decided to do the interwebs a favor and create such a list. You’re all welcome.
Here are 40 activities for moms that cost less than $10, need hardly any energy for and can do with the kids in tow:
1.) Have a cup of coffee while sitting on the back porch before the kids get up.
2.) Watch a marathon of The Good Wife on Amazon when the kids are napping or in bed.
3.) A Starbucks drink.
4.) A Starbucks drink while wandering around Target.
5.) Meet a fellow mom at the park for a playdate.
6.) Hide in the kitchen with a spoonful of peanut butter…
7.) …Or a spoonful of peanut butter, covered chocolate chips.
8.) Pop in a Disney movie for the kids, while you enjoy some sweet tea.
10.) Call your husband at work to chat for a few minutes.
11.) Go for a drive with the kids with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up.
12.) Let the kids play in mud while you watch…from over there.
13.) Let the kids play with the hose while you watch…from over there.
14.) Arbor Mist.
15.) Put a bunch of pillows on the floor, lay a blanket down, and let the kids nap together in a pile. You can nap with them or in the other room.
16.) Pop popcorn.
17.) Put the kids outside, and let them eat ice cream.
18.) Invite other kids over for
distraction a play date
19.) Go for a walk.
20.) Let the kids “wash” the car.
21.) Call your bestie, just to chat, while the kids are distracted with cartoons.
22.) Take your kids to the park after dinner and turn them loose until the sun sets.
23.) Fill up the sink and let the kids play in it while you sit and watch.
24.) Tortilla chips and guacamole.
25.) Tortilla chips and guacamole with a friend.
26.) Bake cupcakes.
27.) Let the kids run around all day in their bathing suits.
28.) Squirt the kids with the hose
29.) Hide and Seek – you are always the counter.
30.) A beer with your husband on the porch after the sun sets and the kids are in bed.
31.) Forgo all of the house cleaning for the day.
32.) Catch fireflys
33.) Let the kids finger paint
34.) Use paper plates as often as possible.
35.) Go to the library.
36.) Play outside with flashlights after the sun has set.
37.) Blow bubbles – even inside on a rainy day.
38.) Go to grandmas house (hint: take the Arbor Mist.)
39.) Let the kids catch toads (just keep em outside)
40.) Go to the library
And ALWAYS, no matter the season:
KEEP A STASH OF CHOCOLATE
It isn’t just yummy. It’s about being prepared.