Summer officially begins today, June 21! But if you’re like me, you tend to think that summer started around Memorial Day and for sure after the kids had their last day of school. For us, there was definitely a count down during May and early June.  We just get so excited about summer and the change in routines and activities!

Last week was the first full week of no school and we needed it to decompress, transition, and take a break. My girls just wanted a chance to sleep in and not have much on the calendar. We sorted school papers (and burned some!), loaded up with library books, went to the Farmer’s Market, worked on a puzzle, and watched movies.  And we talked about our summer plans and goals.

Our family has several things on our calendar for this summer. Birthday parties, appointments, various camping trips, family vacation in Traverse City, church activities. We also like to leave open space in our schedule so that we can have spontaneous fun like boating, beach, blueberry picking, and back yard games.

Whatever your routine or summer plans, I hope you take time to pause from the busyness that summer often becomes.  Go to the beach and enjoy a sunset. Build a sand castle. Take a deep breath of fresh summer air and truly enjoy this new season.

What are you looking forward to about this summer?

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