If you’re anything like me (especially this time of year) on Friday you start to think as the hours to your work week close, damn I wish I was going away for the weekend. But honestly on the other hand you know that the mounting to do list and the next week preparations could never get done if you were lucky enough to jet set for the weekend, kids in tow (or not.) So here’s a list of 6 things you can do right at home or close to it that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.
1. No alarms. I mean it. So what if your kids wake up at 5:30 (please tell me I’m not the only one!!!!) They are people not alarms and just this once go with it and think of something fun to do. Cuddle up and read books by flashlight (pretend like you’re camping!) Have an early morning movie (heck, maybe you can even close your eyes.) Or do some arts and crafts by candlelight (be careful though!) with a cup of tea. Whatever you choose, enjoy it. And remember you didn’t set an alarm 🙂
2. Family exercise. My weekly workout routine is pretty lame, if I do say so myself. I’m always feeling like I have to squeeze a workout in. And even if it is a walk with the kids it usually feels a little rushed. If you have bikes take them to a local park or trail. Or hop in the car and go to a new neighborhood or local attraction to walk or play frisbee. The outdoors, exercise, and family time when put together can really make us feel like we’ve escaped the every day!
3.Ice cream outing. Nothing says summer vacation more to me than Ice Cream. If you’re lucy enough to have a local ice cream truck- use it! When you hear those bells grab some coins and go running (bring the kids if you’re feeling nice ;)) If not take a ride to the local ice cream shop, grab your favorite flavors and toppings and if the weathers permitting, eat outside.
4. Play games. One of the luxuries of summer vacation is the endless hours (the days are longer and the to do lists are shorter) to do WHATEVER you want. If you’re anything like me and my family a little competition can really liven things up. Grab some board games (Mad Gab, Scattergories, and Taboo are a few family favorites plus there are lots of kid-friendly games (chutes and ladders, candy land, simon says even works) or play cards ( I will admit I don’t do this as much now since Chris always beats me.) Playing games will allow for some instant no brain (or minimal brain) fun.
5. Have a fire pit and make s’mores. Last weekend we did this for the first time this summer and it was PERFECT. I’m hoping we can do it again this weekend. Fun, simple, and delicious.
6. Read a good summer book. Nothing like a good summer read. I’m just about to start Love Walked In by Marisa de Los Santos and there is no shortage of lists of the top books to read this summer. USA Today just came out with their list this week.
So if you’re like me and you’re landlocked with no pool (minus a really cute kiddie pool and water table…) try these tips and I bet your weekend will feel just a little more like a summer vacation minus the packing (and nobody likes to pack, right?!) What will you do this weekend to relax and make you feel like you’re on vacation?