I loved Summer this year. It was literally the best Summer I’ve had in years. Nope, I didn’t make more money, I didn’t get any extravagant vacations, it was just a fun Summer. I spent quality time with my husband, kids and family from out of town. The weather wasn’t overly hot and perfect for most things we wanted to do.
What we didn’t do this Summer is go to local festivals and eat junk food or spend money on rides. We packed better for us foods and had picnics, we went for more walks, swam and kayaked. We also took advantage of our tourist area and went to local towns to look around and taught our kids some of the local history.
We also took advantage of sales for school shopping. Locally we found hoodies for $9.99 and nice t-shirts for as low as $3.99. While I did do a lot of school shopping online it felt good to put some of that money into the local economy. It was also fun to shop in mingle with our own kids. We spent days putting away the electronics and enjoying each others company. The boys fought less, teased more and played with each other, even at 13 & 18.
Now, looking to Fall I’m excited for bonfires, pumpkin pancakes, cider, hayrides and so much more. None of these are expensive to do as family but are memory builders. I don’t think my kids will ever outgrow a hayride to the local pumpkin patch and picking out their own pumpkins. It’s time to pull out those long pants and sweatshirts and snuggle up with the one you love.
I have vowed to attend at least one football game this year. Football isn’t my thing but when you go to a live high school game you can’t help but get lost in the excitement. Lastly, I don’t want to forget taking the family on a day trip for a color tour. Northern Michigan has the most beautiful forests of color changing leaves you can imagine.
What are you doing to welcome Fall?