Happy Monday everyone! It’s the last week of school over here and Madelyn is so pumped for Summer! I have to admit as much as I am going to miss the break of having her in preschool three mornings a week it is going to be nice to have a much more chill schedule for a few months! We are taking a break from most of her sports/activities too and the only thing she’s doing this Summer is t-ball and 3 4-day camps.
The kids helped me come up with a few things we want to do this Summer and I thought I would share with everybody as your planning for your Summer vacation whether it be at home or elsewhere!
- Go to the zoo – this one was big on their list, I took them once last year and they haven’t stopped talking about it. Now I’m not a huge zoo person and because it usually conflicts with the girls napping I’ve never really pushed to go, but this Summer we are doing it!
- Go swimming – our gym has quite a few pools so I am envisioning many a days of workouts in the morning while the kids are in childcare and then straight to the pool until lunch. I’m excited for this!
- Baby Bootcamp – now this doesn’t sound like an out of the ordinary thing for Summer, but Madelyn has had school on all the days I go to BBC so she is excited to see her friends again. Mommy isn’t so excited about pushing 2 kids again 🙁
- BBQ & Ice Cream – I mean really what doesn’t scream Summer than grilling and eating ice cream
- Later Nights- now if you didn’t gather this yet, I am a stickler for sleep schedules. It’s something I have always been pretty rigid about, but thats probably why my 4 1/2 year old still takes 2 hour naps or at least has 2 hours of quiet time in her room and both girls sleep 12 hours a night. Anyways, I’m looking forward to being a little less rigid this Summer 😉 I mean no school to get up for the next morning and they nap….we can afford some later bedtimes I think 🙂
- Use our new blow up pool, run in the sprinklers, water table, play with chalk, play doh and bubbles – we will be doing lots of this this Summer!
- Naper Settlement – there is a place in downtown Naperville where it has all these historic houses and history on the area plus a cute little splash pad. I would love to go there this Summer and actually take the tour, we’ve lived here 4 years and have never done that.
- Concerts – Dan and I have a couple concerts lined up that we are going to go see this Summer, I can’t wait!
Outside of that we have a few fun trips this Summer planned to visit family in California and Michigan so I am also prepping for that. I thought I might share some tips on how to prep for an out of town Summer vacation as well:
- One of the first things I like to do leading up to a trip is to check the weather. In California you would think its beautiful all Summer, but if you go in June it can actually be quite chilly in the morning with June Gloom haze. And same situation in Michigan the weather could be cold in June but blazing hot in August so checking the weather is crucial!
- Madelyn tends to out grow one size and get into the next size sometime around late Spring every year. So, leading up to Summer I do quite a bit of shopping to make sure she has shorts and tank tops, jeans, sweatshirts, flip flops, etc. Aubrey has all the hand me downs so she is pretty much covered, but I did get her a couple pairs of jeans because she didn’t have much.
- Games/Toys – When we take a trip either by car or plane I like to buy a couple new, small toys for the girls to play with. On planes I look for things that are easy to travel with, for example I might get Madelyn a new Barbie or a new book and for Aubrey a new book or a new baby doll. Something they can play with that doesn’t take up a lot of room in their carry on or in the car. I also like to get the girls new coloring books and activity books so they have plenty to do with their crayons. And I always update their Kindles with some new movie downloads so they can have something new to watch. The night before we leave I do the Kindles so the girls won’t watch it before and I make sure they are charged and ready to go.
Aubrey gets her own seat this Summer 🙂
4. Since we are visiting family and friends I don’t normally have to worry about groceries or diapers/wipes, but if your not visiting anybody you can have diapers/wipes delivered by Amazon right to where you are staying.
5. For flying we always check our car seats at the ticket counter, we have cases they go in to protect them. And we bring at least a single stroller and gate check that. If we were doing a lot of sightseeing I would bring our double stroller. And if you have a big double like I do, I would suggest using an umbrella double stroller. It is SO MUCH EASIER to travel with! We brought one to Hawaii last Summer and it was the best, doesn’t take up a lot of room in the rental car with our luggage and is light and easy to transport.
6. And don’t forget the sunscreen!! I have been stocking up so we are ready to lather and repeat everyday!
That’s it, those are our plans and my tips! Does anybody have any fun vacations planned? I would love to hear about them! Cheers to all the parents out there that are just surviving this last week of school!