Summer is Slipping Away
Summer is flying by fast! It’s July!!! As the mother of a five-year-old, I’m excited that my son is at an age where he can take part in some fun summer-y activities. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the need to slow it down and really enjoy some quality time with him. I read an article recently about how as mothers, we only get so many summers with our children, and to savor this time the best we can (I could seriously tear up thinking about that – breathe in, breathe out). I’m seeing more and more how true that is and want to do my best to spend intentional, present time with my little one over these next couple months.
However, every once and a while, I find us in a bit of a rut as far as new and interesting activities go – there’s this need to break out of just going through the motions of the everyday, if that makes sense. What better time to change things up than now? That being said, I did a little digging and put together a simple bucket list for us to tackle. Nothing too long or overwhelming, just several ideas that could allow us some quality time together…
Read Books Outside – Grab an outdoor blanket and go out to your backyard, favorite books in hand. Reading is something we do pretty much every day – it’s an easy activity and going outside is a nice way to change it up a little. No yard? You can go to your nearest park, which may be even better! A sunny reading session and some time on the playground could make for a sweet little outing.
Enjoy a ‘Safari Night’ at the Zoo – We have two weekends left in July to visit the Dallas Zoo, for an evening of nature and live music at Safari Nights. You can bring blankets and chairs and get comfy before listening to the band. There’s food available for purchase, and get this…BEER AND WINE, too.
Blow Plenty of Bubbles – Not much elaboration needed here. Do you know of any little ones who don’t go completely crazy for bubbles? Yeah, me neither. My son is at an age where he wants to hold the wand and bottle himself… and sometimes accidentally drops it. However, I recently ordered a bottle of Fubbles, which are supposed to no-spill and perfect for little ones! We’ll be giving those a try.
the Splash Pad – Just like bubbles, most little ones LOVE play fountains. With more than 40 around the metroplex, there’s likely one close to you. If you live in southwest Dallas, Grand Prairie, or Cedar Hill, you may want to check out the splash pad at Hillside Village – that’s where you’ll find us. It may be nice to splash around a bit yourself – you’ve gotta stay cool, too. Bring a change of clothes and duck into the bookstore after, for some extra reading time.
Draw with Sidewalk Chalk – Another simple outdoor activity. If we’re being honest, I do most of the drawing and my son does most of the getting-it-all-over-his-clothes, with a side of scribbling. Check out: lastingthumbprints.com/fun-sidewalk-chalk-ideas/!