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This summer has been the driest and most humid summer I’ve experienced yet. And since most of it was spent being pregnant (baby Emily finally arrived on July 28th), I felt like I didn’t really get to enjoy it as much with my little family like how I wanted to. And if you live in Wisconsin, then you’ll understand what I mean when I say our summer goes by too quick. My husband took a month off to be with us when Emily arrived. So we’ve been taking advantage of his presence and using up our days by doing “summery” things. My husband took the older kids on my family’s annual camping trip. We’ve been eating out and taking long walks around the neighborhood. We’ve taken the kids to the movie theater and even camped outside in our backyard. The kids have been loving every minute of August so far. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. My husband will be returning back to work on the 27th and Anakin will be starting school full-time after Labor Day. So I’ve been planning our last few days as a full-time family and I’d love to share with you some simple and sweet ideas that will let you enjoy the last few weeks of summer together.

You don’t have to do a lot of planning with these ideas and you won’t have to spend so much money. All they will require is a little fun and the moments that you gather from it will remain close to your heart till the next time you can do it again.

Idea 1: Camp outside in your backyard. Set up the tent, start the bonfire and bring out the marshmallows for roasting over the fire. Don’t have a tent? Put a blanket in the yard and do some star-gazing.

Idea 2: Head to the local drive-in movie theater. Pack the car with blankets and pillows and lots of snacks and let your kids experience a night from an era long gone.

Idea 3: Go on a trip to your favorite big city or favorite summer hotspot like the zoo or amusement park.

Idea 4: Hit the beach. What better way to say goodbye to summer than going to your local beach and spending a day with your family making sand castles and soaking up the sun! Don’t forget to pack a small lunch and bring lots of water.

Idea 5: Set out on a city exploration adventure. My kids love going to the city deck and running through the splash pad. We like it cause it’s downtown nearby restaurants in case we get hungry and want to eat afterwards and the splash pad is perfect for the humid summer days we’ve had. Bonus- it’s free!

Idea 6: Fill up your kiddie pool and have a BBQ. My kids love having their cousins over to play with. This year, we had a wood deck installed in our backyard and have been enjoying it with family over. The kids have fun in the sandbox and kiddie pool while the adults chill on the outdoor furniture.

Idea 7: Go to the farmer’s market and pick up some fresh berries and make some yummy ice cream with them. Here are some recipe ideas to get you started.

Idea 8: Go hiking! Set out on a local hiking adventure and unplug for the time being. It’s good for you and for your kids to connect with nature and just enjoy one another’s company. I highly suggest joining a hiking community such as Hike It Baby! Hike It Baby is an organization that is dedicated to building communities that support getting families outside with children. In Wisconsin alone, there are 12 communities including one in Green Bay.

Idea 9: Fly a kite. It doesn’t matter what age you are, when you’re flying a kite, you just feel so accomplished and in control. There are 2 kite events here in Northeast Wisconsin that I enjoy attending with my kids. One is called Soar on the Shore and the other is Kites Over Lake Michigan. Both of these events let you bring your own kites to fly but if you just wanna go and see the professionals do their thing, then I highly recommend going early to get the best seats for viewing.

Idea 10: Have a game day/night. Show your kids that you’re not just their parent, but a fun parent at that. Teach them all your childhood favorite games such as hopscotch (here’s an updated and fun one), Twister, Chinese Jump Rope, Guess Who board game (a favorite of ours), Chess, Connect Four, and picking up white clovers and making a clover crown.

Let me know what you’ve got planned for your last few weeks of summer. And are you ready for school to start?

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