Sunday, July 3, 2016

July Memory Making

In keeping with my resolution to be more thoughtful and organized when it comes to celebrating the seasons... here are some plans and random thoughts for July a few days late!

Special Dates to Celebrate

*July 4th ~ Independence Day*

This is always a fun day. We do pancakes or waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla ice cream for breakfast, then head out for a day at the lake with family. We have a cookout and swim, fish, canoe, and/or play yard games. We head back home for a quick dinner, then out again to see the fireworks!

There aren't a whole lot of special dates in July, which is probably a good thing what with summer camps and summer practices. There are, however, a whole lot of things to notice and do!

Things to Notice and Do This Month

  • Make sure our American flag is in good shape; replace it if needed
  • Enjoy the daylilies that seem to pop up everywhere this time of year
  • Sit on the screened porch during thunderstorms
  • Install air conditioners in the upstairs windows 
  • Pack a bag for summer fun
  • Remember to water the garden during dry spells - we're having one now!
  • Wait for that first tomato from the garden
  • Finish homeschool plans for the fall
  • Jot down notes about this past homeschool year (transcript-style) for my high-schooler
  • Listen for crickets and cicadas
  • Grill as often as possible - it's too hot to cook inside!
  • Enjoy raspberries from the garden - it looks to be a bumper crop this year
  • Corn-on-the-cob season begins
  • Get a bunch of fun toppings and have a "make your own sundae" night
  • Try to remember to deadhead the flowers
  • Watch movies with popcorn and lemonade when it's too hot to be outside
  • Make time for the kids to use the pool whenever possible
  • Catch fireflies in jars (then release them)
  • Make popsicles
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Eat every dinner on the back porch
  • Try to spend some time just sitting outside and soaking it all in - it's summer!

Happy July!

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