Friday, June 27, 2014

Five Family Summertime Favorites

After an extra long, extra snowy, and extra cold winter, we have been enjoying every bit of this beautiful summer!  We've packed in a lot so far, and these are our faves:

I think the water might be a tad bit chilly...

1.  Splashing around.  The kids have been having a blast playing in the little kiddie pool at home and running through the sprinklers at the local splash park.  We've also made a day trip to a local beach - it was James's first time at the lake!  He wasn't sure about the waves, but he loved the sand!  Josie (and Jim and I too!) loved building sandcastles. 

There's something about playing in the sand that turns you into a kid again!

2.  On the trail.  Taking walks, biking, and hiking - these are everyday events at our house.  We love nature and (this kind of) exercising - what a way to combine the two!

The bike carrier has been clutch this summer

3.  Sidewalk chalk.  At least every other day, we've gone out to our driveway to color with sidewalk chalk.  Shapes, outlines, numbers, hopscotch, doodling...we love to draw!

Driveway artists

 

State park family picnic

4.  Fun with food.  We've been picnicking a lot in our backyard, at family cookouts, and at the local state park.  We've also been making fun little meals for the kids - making shapes and characters out of their food.  It's been quite the hit!

Pancakes are more fun if they're shaped like flowers, butterflies, and ducks
 

The four baby swans we named Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail

5.  Visiting animals.  Going to the zoo is one of our all-time summer favorites.  Every time we go, it's a different experience.  And we even have a "zoo" in our own backyard.  Our neighborhood lake has swans, turtles, ducks, geese, frogs, and fish.  The kids love getting to see all the animals!

Mesmerized by the sea lions

We have had an amazing summer together so far.  I'm so excited to see what's in store for July and August!  What have been your family favorites this summer?



Sharing my Five on Friday along with Lauren Elizabeth and Thoughts for Thursday with Natalie and Annie.  Join the fun!



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