Do you love this time of year or dread it?! I think that depends on if you’re a kid or a parent! School is coming to an end (here, it already has) and that all powerful question of what are you doing on summer vacation is hanging in the balance.
As a kid, my summer vacations were filled with days of doing the laundry, making sure our chores were done, taking swimming lessons and riding lots of bike. As I got older it included riding horse every day with my siblings and cousins. We would take them out in the morning and be gone all afternoon! 5 kids out on horseback riding around the countryside doing God knows what! Well, we were never naughty. We’d ride around the block (a country block) and maybe have races along the way. Along one dirt road, the horses eventually got to know where we’d start the race so as we approached the corner, they’d start getting really antsy and trying to gallop before we were ready. I almost fell off a couple of times!
There was usually one week in June that we would see my mom’s side of the family. We took turns going down to Missouri or having them come up to mosquito ridden Minnesota! Those are probably my favorite memories of my summer vacations. My grandma always had stuff planned for us to do and we always got to go shopping with her. She’d let us pick out whatever we wanted. It was the best week of the summer.
Then in August there was the County Fair that we’d have to get ready for. All of us kids were in 4-H so we had projects to do and horse shows to ride in. When it got to that point, you knew summer was almost over.
As adults, summer just seems like any other time except the weather is a little better. I like taking the kids to the beach or swimming in grandma’s pool. The last couple of years we’ve been going to Wisconsin Dells for a few days to enjoy the water parks. That is a blast! This year Trinity wants to go out to the Black Hills in SD. I would love to go back there as well and I want the kids to see Mount Rushmore, but it’s a long way from us! The kids are 4 and 8 and going 8 hours to Missouri has been our limit. I don’t know about a 13 hour drive….
Ahhh, summer vacation. Going here, there and everywhere all while trying to have fun and not get too sunburned! Do you have any big plans for the summer? Are you wishing school was back in session already?!!!