Blog Sweepstakes Idea - Oh What Do You Do in the Summertime

On my blog ideas giveaway, one of the suggestions for a blog post was "Oh What Do You Do in the Sumertime?" I like this idea and decided it might be nice to do a posting for each of the seasons, but since it's summer, we'll start there. Thanks for the idea, Aimee.

First let me say I'm tired of the schools whittling off a few days at the beginning and ending of the summer. When I was a kid, we always finished school at the end of May and started back the last week of August. Every year they rob us of a few extra days and I resent it. Those are OUR days, not theirs. And I want them all.

When I was a kid, my dad was a schoolteacher. Every school year he'd finish work the same day we got out of school. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but until I was about twelve years old, I thought all parents had summers off. I didn't realize we were so lucky.

What do we do in the summertime?

We go to family reunions.
We swim.
We have a family vacation.
My kids cook and bake.
We read, sometimes together, sometimes alone.
We hurry with chores so we can play.
We visit Grandpa and Grandma.
We play with cousins.
We dance.
We watch movies at home.
We sit in cold matinee theaters.
We dread going back to school.
We worry about what teachers the kids will get.
The kids go to girl's camp, youth conference, high adventure, scout camp, trek and Especially for Youth.
We watch fireworks.
I beg Travis not to waste money on personal fireworks.
He ignores me.
We cook hotdogs and s'mores at our firepit.
We enjoy the cool evening air.
We go to the library.
We eat ice cream.
We go to Salt Lake and eat baguette and butter at the park.
We wish Utah had a Motsumoto's Shave Ice stand.
We settle for an occasional snowcone.
We have friends over almost every day.
We play night games.
We stay up too late.
We sleep in.
We feed the ducks old bread.
We wish it could last twice as long.


missy said...

My kids were surprised to learn that their friends parents don't stay home all summer, too. I love the teacher lifestyle! The schools here have been whittling away at our summer's, too. Boo! We only make it through the school year by looking forward to the next day off. :)

Kristi said...

Ah, the carefree days of summer. It sounds like you and your family are having a great summer.
What is Motsumoto's? It sounds like awesome shaved ice that I should wish for too.
Karey. Math was fun. Stay cool.

Edonna said...

yeaaaa!!!! for the teacher lifestyle. Amen to the added on days. The legislatures are soooo thoughtful that way. Give us 7 days of mandatory testing and take away those summer days so the teachers have the same number of instruction days. Which still aren't enough if a child isn't prepared to a student that year. For whatever reason. I'm just getting warmed up, but I'll leave it at that!!

Tawnie J said...

Cute post. Like.

Aim Aug said...

Ha1 The bit about Travis and fireworks makes me laugh. Trent and I have the same discussion every year wherein I remind him that he is literally burning money and he ignores me. No Motsumoto's, but have you visited the Snoasis in Alpine? Maybe we'll have to go this month....

Karey said...

Aimee, we've got to be sure Travis and Trent don't go shopping for fireworks together. I'm afraid they'd be a bad influence on each other.

Kristi, Motsumotos is a shave ice place in Hawaii. It's between Oahu and Laie, I think and it's the best EVER! You definitely should go there when you're in Hawaii! LYLAS

Anonymous said...

Spring and Fall are my very favorite seasons of the year. But,I really looked forward to the summers with my kids home and the relaxed days with nothing really pressing. All of the things on your list bring back memories of my childhood as well as the wonderful days when my kids were growing up. I miss them. LMH
P.S. My mouth is watering right now for a s'more!!!