“A little, done often, is much.”
Got that in a fortune cookie. It guides me through guilt-laden parenting of not spending enough time with our kids. Especially in summer, when they have more free time (and I have less).
This summer, I set out to spend at least one completely uninterrupted hour each weekday with our youngest, Caroline. Here’s what we’ve done so far, most of it over my lunch hour from my home office. After 13 days, it’s already adding up to great fun!
We walked the 3.2 miles around this gorgeous lake, enjoying her very first day of Summer Vacation. We also scouted out other things to do there, and found many, so we’ll be back!
2. Antler’s Park
We took a dip in the lake, which was very cold after thunderstorms churned it up the day before. She enlightened me about how the weather can change lake water temps. We also built a sand castle around a dead fish. She named that part of the castle grounds “Dead Fish Monument.”
3. Pool time
Our awesome neighbors invited us for a visit to their neighborhood pool. She ran into school buddies.
3A. More pool time
We hung out at the Lifetime Fitness pool, where she ran into more buddies and we cooled off with a quick dip.
4. To market, to market
We visited the Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays, noon – 5 p.m. downtown by Ace Hardware). It’s early in the produce season, but we found sweet lettuces, herbs, honey and of course lots of samples!
We went to watch a community ed theatre class perform the montage of songs and dance they’d learned over a few days of theatre camp. Big sis Julia and her friend were helpers for the week.
6. Bonus: We signed up for Cara to do theatre class this week!
Instead of rushing through like we tend to do during the school year, we dawdled a bit, checking out lots of great summer books, movies and cd’s.
8. Culinary arts
Cara planned a special treat (jell-o parfaits and fruit pizza), we bought the supplies and she created them for the family.
We biked to a playground, I didn’t bring my iPhone, and we swang our cares away!
10. Matinee movie
We saw Million Dollar Arm, on a day before a softball game. It got us both in the mood for her pitching that night! Of course, we sneaked in waters, candy and splurged on popcorn.
Okay, not free, but there are free movies at 10 a.m. on these days at these nearby spots:
Apple Valley, Thursday
Already, I feel less guilty, less stressed and more summer-y. That’s all good!