Friday, July 11, 2008

Don't Forget to Have Fun!

We're well into the summer and it seems that life is busier than ever. Many households have two parents working full time and kids enrolled in summer school, followed by after school care. Not that different from the rest of the year. But summer is supposed to be different.

Make some time this summer to go camping. If you don't have the gear or can't devote an entire weekend, pack a picnic lunch and get up to the mountains or over to that lake. Spend a day hiking or relaxing while you listen to that unique sound the wind makes when it blows through the trees.

Take in a ball game. Nothing is quite the same as listening to the crack of a wooden bat as the crowd cheers for the home team. Can't get to a big league park? Support your local minor league team. Even the single A games are pretty impressive to watch. And the antics of the mascots make the breaks between innings as entertaining as the game itself.

Get to the beach if you can. It's a wonderful way to spend a day. The sound of the waves rolling in is soothing and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer power of the ocean. Feel the warmth of the sand under your feet and the cool refreshing splash of the salt water as a big wave catches you by surprise.
Have a great summer!


Judy said...

Hi Theresa,

Love the idea of doing something together as a family to make it fun and different. I know people are traveling less with the cost of gas and airplane fares, so even a special outing to a local park for the day and a picnic lunch can be lots of fun.

Take care,

terri.forehand said...

Great ideas and all families need some down time together. I like what you are doing with your blog as well.


Carma said...

Summer time is for families. That beach sure looks inviting. Your ideas make being together as a family very simple. Supporting local teams is a great idea.

Dorit Sasson said...

Hi, Theresa,

You bring up a good point for creating a deliberate need to take a break during the summer. Well said. I would also go one step ahea and say that it is important to create that deliberate time out all throughout the year, not only with summertime.

Many people in my neighborhood are just taking to the local park and enjoying free summer events in our area. Many people are thinking twice before they turn on that engine.

The payoffs though are great and you really do come home a completely different person. Just yesterday, we packed an extra blanket towel, bag lunch, and had a picnic lunch and didn't see a soul for an hour on the nature trail in our local enighborhood park. It was heavenly.

Great post!