Over the past two summers, now going into our third, we watch with envy as Memorial Day Weekend approaches and families plan their pool parties, beach days, water park trips and bouncy-house rentals. They get excited as the end of the school year gets closer, because it finally means they can “let go” and do all those summer activities. We listen to our friends as they plan to go camping, river tubing, or boating, and we mourn a little. We can’t do those things. At least not as a family.
By now, you’ve probably read about our youngest son, Jack, on my blog, who was diagnosed with a rare spinal disorder as a baby (read our story here). Jack wears a permanent plaster “Mehta” cast around his body that can’t get wet or dirty, and he can’t get too hot either. The four or five years he’ll wear this cast are more than worth it. I’m not in denial or even have a desire for him to be out of it. It’s saving his life. But the start of summer always brings a day or two of wishful thinking and reflection. Then, after I’ve given myself that time (which is important), I buckle down and get back to what we can do. We’re a problem-solving family. Right now, our problem is not being able to go outdoors during the summer like most can. But we find plenty to occupy ourselves with indoors, and tons of summer activities that still give Jack and his older brother, Preston, the values and summer joy we want them to have.
And while it may seem strange, please friends, don’t stop sharing your summer stories and plans! Not only does it make me happy to see you happy, but it does two other things. First, it gives me the sense that we will one day have those summer adventures again. And I need that. I need to see your little ones in their bathing suits, or jumping in their bounce houses, or skiing on the lake. It gives me peace, strangely enough. Second, it gives me ideas! If we can’t go to the water park, how could we re-create that at home? Hmm….
June Calendar of Indoor Nature Activities
So, I’ll start off by saying I’m not a graphic designer. Heck, I can’t even draw a car with chalk on the sidewalk. My sister got the drawing skills in the family. So excuse the simplistic flier I’ve made. It does the job, though! I’ve included links in the PDF version to get you started!
Do you have any inside activities to share? We’re always looking for new ideas! Comment below, or share your thoughts on our social media!!
Download the PDF with links: 30 Things for Summer Flier
Below is the jpg version.