As summer vacation looms up for my boys (schools close usually by the middle of June), this is really the time when one gets lazy and starts giving one’s kids hastily made cheese sandwiches for lunch or asking them to eat in the cafeteria, for pete’s sake! Of course, if one is me, one has already started this at the beginning of the year!
Summer time is the time for mega-sleepovers! Planning starts beforehand in order to
coerce cajole parents into committing to a date before they leave for holiday ventures out of town! My older son has been hosting ‘mega-sleepovers’ for the past 4 years now; sleepovers where there are more than 5 kids coming over! It has been great for him because he invariably invites all his friends from the school in the neighborhood we used to previously live in and it is his way of keeping in touch with them. This year, my younger son will also join in the fray, though thankfully on a different date, and invite a group of his close friends over.
We are lucky to live in a place with a lot of beautiful state and national reserve forests that have camping grounds. This year, we will be camping on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean before climbing down to get into the water, and we will also be camping in a beautiful forest with small mountains for trekking. I’m the most reluctant camper in the family, on account of public bathrooms and general discomfort of sleeping on the ground, but we’ve now got together a neat set of camping gear and equipment! It’s a great time to enjoy roasting sausages on the grill and make s’mores at the campfire! Also, making Ramen noodles for dinner at a pinch!
If you ever need an excuse to eat out, summer is the perfect time to say that it’s time to step out of the hot kitchen and head to one of the many dining joints dotting the city! Again, we’re fortunate to be in such a cosmopolitan locale with cuisines from a variety of countries and regions! And, what’s not to love about being served a ginormous margarita?!
Pool parties and barbeques
Tagging along with eating out at restaurants, summer is the time when everyone just wants to be outdoors! What better way to socialize than to have a potluck by a pool or at a park?! Once we moved into our new neighborhood, we’ve invited all our neighbors to summer barbecue parties and this is a great way to get to know them better! With no worries about kids’ homework or school projects, parents are happy to stay late to enjoy the beautiful long and cool evenings!
From trips abroad, to interstate road trips, we do it all during the summer! You’ve seen enough of the photos I’ve posted about our India trips, as well as our trips to Arches National Park, Yellowstone National Park, , and even forays into North County! Road trips are also a great way to bond with the kids and to do things spontaneously along the way.
If you’re curious to know how, do read my post about 7 ways we manage the kids while both parents are working!
All things considered, I always regret the end of summer!