I really had to capture this photo of the boys reading because most of our moments (so far) this summer have not been this peaceful. We left for a fantastic vacation to Rosemary Beach on the last day of school, so we are just now getting into a (lazy) summer routine of sorts. I like to leave the summer a bit unstructured which means we don’t sign up for weeks of camps or sports and mostly just take each day as it comes. Last week started off a bit rough though, and I was in slight panic mode rethinking my decision not to schedule more into our days. This “unstructured routine” does take a bit of planning on my part, making sure that I have enough ideas to keep them creatively inspired. I had high hopes of organizing art materials and decluttering toys (this article is helpful) – so they are not overwhelmed with too much stimulation…..I am slowly getting to this. I forget that summer involves a lot of time in the garden (which I love and wish I could spend more of my time tending to), and maintaining our forest of weeds that are now about as tall as I am. I am slowly weed eating down areas to fill in with native plants and wildflowers and after 5 years of doing this, I am trying to find peace in the fact that this will be an ever ongoing process and know that I am doing the right thing by not taking the easy route by killing the weeds with the dreadful roundup. Read this article and you will not want to use it either and be very diligent about what is done by any lawncare company.
So, lately, work at home has consisted of pulling weeds out of areas and slowly working as a family to naturally beautify the landscape we have. The boys just finished pulling weeds around a small group of pawpaws. This is work they are very proud of and earned a bit of allowance money for, which is always a strong motivator.
We are now settling into a summer groove, and not planning so much into our days allows us to be at home for whole days at a time. The boys are able to start projects and really get engaged with their creativity. They are working on a lego city with our billions of lego pieces and working on joint chores (such as weed pulling and wood stacking), creating recipes, helping with the garden, reading together, alone, and to their sister, and beginning some art projects. They get rewarded with small doses of technology like computer games and videos (I’ll fill you in on a fantastic, cool, educational video site soon) but mostly we are filling our days with activities that are hard to dive into during the busy school season.
I’ll keep you posted on how our unstructured days are going, but for now they are suiting us well!!
I would love to hear how your summer is going and what special projects or daily activities bring your family together during the summer.