I find myself gazing at the calendar in disbelief. How can July possibly be less than a week away?! It feels like just yesterday that I was the excited, proud, albeit nervous Mommy sending her firstborn off on the big scary school bus for her first day of Junior Kindergarten. Alas, here we now are two days away from the end of the school year. Pretty soon my baby won’t be a junior kindergartner, but rather a senior.

This week has brought with it a lot of hustle and bustle, as I try to wrap up outstanding projects  in order to free up my Summer schedule just a tad. While I still will be working during the Summer months, I also have to appreciate and respect that my children will be home with me. My work hours will slowly shift to being more of an early morning, nap time and late night affair. I’m just fine with that. Anything to allot more time to be present with my children as we take in the sun and all the fun that this Summer has to offer.

We haven’t made any firm plans this Summer. Usually we will venture up to the cottage for a long weekend or two. This year we have opted to stay closer to home and enjoy all that our quaint little town has to offer. We are very fortunate to live near many beautiful small public beaches, valleys and trails.


My 5 year old daughter and I recently sat down, and I had her draw up a bucket list of everything she would like to do with the family during her Summer break. The list included, but was not limited to: camping, boating, fishing, going to the beach, visiting ribfest (we crossed this off the list a few weeks ago), flying a kite, doing outdoor crafts and science experiments (hello Pinterest!), park hopping, and going on nature scavenger hunts.

If there is anything I am looking forward to the most this Summer it is enjoying and exploring the world of play through the eyes of my child. Nothing delights me more than that mere simple pleasure of watching them unleash their personalities and vivid imaginations while discovering and having fun.

Ok, ok… AND – I may also be looking forward to enjoying some quiet evenings with my husband around the fire, toasting s’mores made using Kinder chocolate and sipping wine. What could be better way to cap off the perfect Summer day than by sitting by a cozy bonfire and enjoying a starry night outdoors?!

What adventures are you and your family planning on embarking on this Summer?

Whether you are planning on staying close to home or plan on embarking on a road trip to visit our Southern friends in the United States, it is important to bear in mind that Kinder® Surprise® eggs are banned across the border.  Silly, I know, but it’s also the law.

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

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  1. […] This past weekend was the epitome of a staycation for our family. We made a point to get out of the house each day and check out many of the awesome attractions that we are so fortunate to live quite close to. It was a great opportunity to begin knocking off items from our family summer bucket list. […]

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