June and October are my 2 favorite months. Both of them seem so full of possibilities---October when the seasons change and the holidays are just beginning and June with the start of summer and all the fun waiting to be had...
This is our first official week of summer vacation but so far it hasn't started off like I planned...we have the flu. (Seriously---how can we be sick during my favorite time of year?) But I'm hoping that the worst is over and we can start our summer fun.
Which means that today we need to make "the list" of all our summer activities and projects. And first on our list has got to be figuring out Father's Day gifts.
Last year I posted this post
about the cereal specimen chart that I made for my husband.
He's a cereal fiend---he'd eat it all day, all night, underwater, whenever...so he thought it was a perfect Father's Day gift and now he has it hanging in his office.
I posted the tutorial on how I made it and then the next day posted ideas for other similar charts---ones with candy, nuts and bolts, kinds of pasta etc. It was lots of fun.
But this year I have 2 problems
#1---My husband really loved this weirdo beardo gift and I don't know how to top it.
#2---I want to make something similar for my dad but he's not a cereal guy. He's a techno junkie and I can't think of anything to put on a chart for him. (I really really am technologically challenged.)
So....any ideas anyone?
Then after I figure out our father's day projects it's time to make the list of summer fun. Last year I posted some of what we did during our boys of summer week HERE.
The PVC water mayhem project was a definite favorite but the kids also loved the others like the Jedi training and the toothpick building activities. If your interested you can see our List of our favorite summer activities here.
And then last summer there were the Field Journals (which Simon wants to do again this summer but turn them into his experimentation journals) and our other PVC projects where we used them in building targets and a golf game of sorts.
Most of these ideas we will be using again this summer (we already have all the supplies) but I really want to come up with a few new tricks.
I know we'll make the craft stick classic book characters I wrote about awhile back, as well as a new game involving giant flyswatters, and a project Simon thought of---it's a spin off of the photo a day thing. (He wants to draw a picture a day and keep it as his journal instead of writing in a journal---I think it sounds like a perfect idea.)
I've got some other ideas and thoughts which we'll try out and then I'll post this years list.
I hope that it will be as fun as last summers---now that my kids are getting older I want them to have the fond memories of summer vacation like I do...with days of playing baseball and bike rides and building forts. Those days were magic. Everyday seemed like an adventure---I just hope that I can invite that same adventurous spirit into our summer.
Wish me luck.