Friday, July 04, 2014

Those Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer #KinderMom

School ended last Friday, and bright and early Saturday morning we started our summer vacation with our annual Canada Day camping trip with friends. Swimming, tubing, campfires and fireworks. This weekend has been a tradition for me for the past 14 years, and now Boo looks forward to it as much as his big brother did when he was little. Summer wouldn't quite be summer without this particular inauguration. 

Camping trips played a key part in my summers growing up as well, although beyond those, the days were really quite unstructured. Just a lot of leaving the house early and coming home late - swimming at a neighbour's pool, playing in the park, riding our bikes. Summers have been very different for our boys, since they have mostly spent them in camp or daycare settings. But this year I plan to make the most of my time home with Boo.

We've created a bit of a bucket list of ideas to fill our days and feed our spirit of adventure. Our only big trip will be two weeks in Newfoundland with my parents - another annual tradition. But we have lots of day trips planned to check out the many parks and events in the GTA.

Must-dos include the Toronto Zoo, Canada's Wonderland, Centre Island, and African Lion Safari. We'll save a visit to Reptilia for a rainy day. The Taste of Lawrence Street Festival starts this evening, and we'll be there for sure. And of course we'll spend at least one day at the CNE. There really is so much to do in our neck of the woods, and we plan to soak up as much of it as we can!

We don't want to be running all summer though, and we have plans for the homefront as well. Visiting the local outdoor pool and splashpad will figure prominently in our plans, as will picnics on any of Scarborough's amazing beaches. And there'll be lots of time for playing with friends in the backyard, giving Mommy a break to catch up on writing.

Our days will be fueled by iced tea, water bottles, and frozen treats. And lots of BBQs. I don't plan to spend much time in the kitchen at all. When neighbourhood kids are hanging out at our place I like to have freezies available to help them cool down, and sweeter treats are important too. Kinder Surprise eggs play a role here - I don't have to worry about peanut allergies, so I can feel safe serving them, plus the visiting kids get to bring home whatever little toy they find inside. I have this master plan to become "the" house where the kids gather, so if I can buy them with yummy chocolate, why not, right? ;)

How will you be spending your summer? Big vacation plans, or sticking close to home? I'm glad we've created a list to work from, so we don't find ourselves at the end of August suddenly regretting something we've missed. Getting Boo involved in the choices  was key - it's his summer vacation after all!

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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