Keep Summer Simple

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This is the last week of school for us, and we are gearing up for summer!  I think I am just as excited as the girls are.  We’ll continue reading and doing what Kara likes to call “fun math,” but we are slowing the pace quite a bit.  We plan to hit the pool on Friday to celebrate the end of a great year.  And it was a great year considering that we have been adjusting to a new town, new friends, new skills- new everything!

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I’ve been thinking about what I want us to do this summer, and really more about what I don’t want to do this summer.  Two things I do not want to do are spend a lot of money or expend a lot of energy.  Yes, kids require a lot of energy (mine especially), but I am able to tolerate the moderate, acceptable amount required- nothing beyond that, though.  Because, moms need a summer too.  Can I get an “Amen?!” IMG_6931 (1)

Here is how I plan to keep summer simple for us:

  1. Don’t overschedule the week with a lot of excursions.
  2. Plan lazy days.
  3. Grill out and spend time with friends.
  4. Play games- cards, board games, throw a ball.
  5. Read aloud- cool off with a popsicle and a good book.

Speaking of popsicles.  One of my favorite things about summer is the food of summer.  The farmer’s markets are open, produce is fresh, and the smell of chicken, brats, steak, or hamburgers on a hot grill, well it just makes my mouth water thinking about it all.  One of my favorite sides to make and eat is guacamole.  Travis is a chips and salsa/guac man, so this is always a win with him.  Here is my simple, yet scrumptions guac recipe:

Simple Guacamole

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5-6 ripe avocados (more to feed a crowd)
2-3 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic
1-2 TBSP cilantro chopped
1 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mash avocados to desired consistency.  I prefer my guac more on the chunky side, so I chop ripe avocados and mash slightly.
  2. Toss avocados in a bowl with the chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, and cilantro.  Squeeze a lime into the bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

Anyone else in summer mode, or is it just me?  What does a simple summer look like for you?  I think it depends on the personality of a family and what pastimes or traditions they may hold, like reunions, celebrations, interests like camping, boating, fishing, mission trips, church camps, vacations, etc.  For some, a simple summer is one that is scheduled to keep the kids busy, or full with lots of travel to stay completely out of the normal, while for others a simple summer is less structured with a lot of down time. Whatever it looks like for you and your family, make summer to be what fits your family best, and make time to build relationships with family, neighbors, and friends.  And eat a popsicle or two. 🙂

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