There are days when I think I'm going to loose my mind from the chaos in our house with four young kids. It's summer vacation and like clockwork, my mind starts thinking of all of the "activities" we should start planning. We should go on big trips, visit the zoo, go to museums, hit the beach, try different theme parks...so on and so forth. My mind swims with ideas of how we can make this year the "Greatest Summer of ALL Times." That's when it hit me. Keep it simple. Go outside and play. Pop popcorn and watch a movie. Dance around the house like crazy. It doesn't have to be elaborate and mind boggling...just simple and fun. We can rack our brains trying to plan the biggest and best summer break when all we really need to do is spend time together, doing anything at anytime.
The kids want to have fun regardless of whether we're away on vacation or in our own front yard. We, as parents, can wrestle with the stress regarding vacation planning, finances, time off from work, or we can just forget all of that and hang out with our kids.
The carefree days of summer are what I want them to remember. Playing on a slip-n-slide, riding bikes, catching fireflies...spending easy and fun times as a family. No struggle involved.
I hope this year we will in fact have the "Greatest Summer of All Times," but I hope it's because we relaxed and enjoyed our time as a family and with our friends. That's what it's really all about. Plain and simple.