We've been back from our trip for a while now... 10 days or so actually. I've been taking it easy and trying to stay in the nice quiet relaxed mood I adopted during the two weeks I was at beach with the girls. I did not once get on a computer or drive a car or make a list. And it was nice! I will surely go back and update the blog with pictures and reflections from the wonderful things we experienced, but for now... well, let's stay in the now.
The nice thing about taking our big trip early in the summer is that we still have a lot of summer left. I like to be organized about things, but this summer, rather than a routine or schedule, I really wanted to make a list of things we wanted to do and do them as the mood strikes. I wanted to make the list fun and tangible for the girls, not just my own boring computer list. So a few days after landing back home we worked on this little book of summer things to do.
First, I asked both girls to paint some summery watercolors on large sheets of paper. While their paintings dried we brainstormed about all the fun things we want to do this summer. After the paintings were dry I cut them into circles and then wrote each fun thing we want to do on one circle. Initially we thought we'd make a garland with the circles, but then I decided a little notebook would be so much handier and more fun since we can add to it as we come up with new ideas, and also, if we wish, take circles out as we do the activities.
Some of the items in the booklet: Pick berries, make fruit cakes, learn how to swim, make a treasure box covered in seashells, make Pollock art, have a picnic, complete the library reading program, make Pippi Longstocking's house (this of course inspired by our trip to Sweden and a Pippi doll we got there), read Alice in Wonderland, make sunprints, have a fireworks show (we missed 4th of July!), and go fishing.