School has started (or is starting) but the summer weather feels as if it is never leaving. The sun is shining and my body (and mind) still feel like they should be on vacation – not stuck inside learning (or teaching).
Even though the lazy days of summer are gone and the grind of the school year has begun, we can still find ways to enjoy the essence of summer and hold on to it a little while longer, especially as the hot weather continues to linger.
Here are some sure fire ways to soaking up the last of summer fun and enjoy the weather while it lasts.
1. Pool Break. Go to the pool after school. Most pools will stay open until Labor Day. Here in the south, the dates have been extended to the middle of September. Take advantage. Don’t pack up the bathing suits until that first leaf falls and let your kids enjoy every last moment they can. Even if you can’t go every day, make a standing date 1-2 times a week. It’s a great motivator for homework. Or reward for summer reading. Make the most out of those last jumps, dives, swims.
2. Popsicles/Treats. We eat popsicles well into October – sometimes we eat popsicles while carving pumpkins. Often we will sit on the porch and watch as the air cools. We talk and laugh and sing and remember the carefree life of those long summer days. Popsicles take us back to the heat of the summer sun. Stock up when they go on sale and enjoy year round. It’s never too cold to enjoy a popsicle.
3. Picnics Outside. We continue to eat dinner outside on the porch as long as there is no bad weather and a cool breeze, we take our plates to the porch, turn on some tunes, and pour a summer drink. Sure, the days get shorter and cooler – turn on a light, put on a sweatshirt. Picnics on the back porch remind you that there is wonder in nature.
4. Parties. Just because school has started doesn’t mean that cookouts have to end. Invite your crew over, everyone bring a dish and continue to celebrate. Get togethers on the weekend are something to look forward to during the grind of the week – and serve as another great motivator for homework and school responsibilities.
5. Play dates. Continue with play dates. In fact, have a play date at the pool where you picnic and eat popsicles and later on celebrate with a party. Whatever you can do to get the kids out and active, do it.
Because we all know in a few months, we’ll be dreading the snow.