Oh, I love this post. I have Addie Jo Ryleigh here today to share what she does with the men of her life over the summer. Send me a birthday invite please Addie Jo. Thanks! I hope you guys enjoy this Summer fun filled Friday post. I think I may copy some of her ideas to entertain my own kids this vacation. Summer starts in five days for this house. Say a special prayer for me!
For me summer is not marked by the change in weather or the official turn of the season on the calendar. Instead, summer starts when my kids are released from school and goes until it resumes in the fall. And prepared or not, that was yesterday at 1:10PM.
And now the fun begins…entertaining my kids :o)
We try to pack as many things as possible into their three-month hiatus from school. Since my husband’s job keeps him busy and out of town for the majority of the summer months, it is usually the three boys and myself partaking in the fun. Here are just a few things that have become an annual tradition for us.
For this first one, we cheated and checked it off the list a few days before vacation started. In Minnesota the weather can turn quickly, so before it became unbearably hot and humid, we jumped at the chance to go to the drive-in theater in 70-degree weather. Mostly, I just wanted to go before the mosquitoes are thick enough to carry us away 😉
Next on the list, visiting a splash pad. My oldest is turning 10 this year *she gasps in horror* so this one might need to be phased out. While he still had fun last year, it is geared toward the younger crowd. However, I think we found something to replace it with. We visited our first hotel/waterpark in March and given the endless hours they spent playing, it was a hit with all the boys. My youngest keeps asking when we can go back…or I guess it could be classified as “demanding” we return.
We also have a local Summer Collegiate Baseball team we like to see play at least once (more if possible). Go Rox!! With the boys joining hockey recently, they decided not to participate in summer baseball so this will have to be our baseball fix. There is something about visiting a baseball park that screams summer. Maybe we can squeeze in a St. Paul Saints or Minnesota Twins game this year.
There are several great zoos in Minnesota and we visit at least one, sometimes two. With the boys being older, they’ve been wanting to step outside of the state so I’ve looked into a couple zoos in either North or South Dakota. Looks like we are going to be adding some miles on the van.
Living in the land of 10,000 lakes and with my three little men hooked on fishing, swimming lessons is a must and something I find easier to do when not attempting to fit it between my work schedule and school. So we set aside some time in the summer to brush up their swimming skills.
One of the highlights the boys look forward to is the big birthday bash we do at the end of July. My oldest two have birthdays only six days apart so we have one big celebration. There is usually a giant water slide, fried fish, fried onions and potatoes, and pizza for us non-fish eaters 😉 Last year I added Nerf guns for all the kids who attended. They boys want to add water balloons this year *she cringes at the thought of popped water balloons decorating the lawn and the puppy thinking they are fun doggie treats*
With my husband out of town, we also plan a few trips to where he is working and visit him at the hotel for the night. Which, for the boys, is a mini-vacation filled with pizza and swimming…and a chance to see dad.
While the summer always seems to be popping at the seams with things to do before it is time for back-to-school supply shopping, it gives me the opportunity to make priceless memories with my three favorite little men <3 I’m always sad when summer turns into fall and school beckons…probably because school activities bring on a whole new craziness.
Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines. Addie Jo lives in the same cold winter and hot summer area of Minnesota where she was born and raised. And frankly, wouldn’t live anywhere else. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband that so graciously enabled her to fulfill her dream of writing. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from Addie Jo’s side.
Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, Addie Jo reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.
Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not driving her children around central Minnesota, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.