End of Summer Blues
Are you or your kids not ready for summer to end? The good news is that it doesn’t have to (just yet!). On the Cape we get the most wonderful fall season to enjoy anything we were too busy for or unable to do during the heat of the summer. So if you are feeling down that you didn’t get to do everything on your list before the cooler weather sets in, take five minutes and make an end of summer bucket list!
We made one at the beginning of the summer and got through most of it, but still have some items to check off. I decided we’d take this heatwave as a reminder that summer is still here and we can still finish up some of the activities we didn’t get around to! Grab a pen and paper and sit down with your kids to see if there is anything they want to do before the summer is really over. Mini golf? Ice cream date? Walking the flats at low tide? Collecting and painting shells? Come up with some ideas and pull together a last hoorah! 👙🏄♂️🎳
While you are at it, make a fall bucket list! Think pumpkin carving, trick or treating, decorating paper ghosts, baking spooky treats, and drinking some mulled cider. We all have our own traditions and favorite parts of each season, use the opportunity to make the list and stick it on the fridge where you will see it. Let your kids remind you of the list, and revel in their joy of Halloween and the weeks that surround it. 🎃👻
Take the good with the bad as with all things parenting! Pumpkin painting go awry? Turn the pumpkin around and carve it! Tantrum while apple picking during nap time? Plan to bake an apple pie together later. Our plans don’t have to be the perfection we picture, they are all a part of building memories and traditions that will last a lifetime.
What’s on your end of season and fall bucket lists?
Brianna is a native Cape Codder and homeschooling mom of 4, a six year old girl, three year old boy, and twin 7 month old boys. She enjoys nature exploration, beach days, snowboarding, baking, fishing, travel, crafting, and writing, as well as geocaching, hiking, and picnicking with her children. She runs a blog and Facebook page called "The Mostly Crunchy Mama" and owns a children's consignment shop in Orleans called Little Codders. She enjoys staying up late long after the kids have gone to sleep to indulge in homemade desserts, to sew, write, coupon, and generally catch up on life without little hands needing help. An avid volunteer with 14 years of experience working with the American Cancer Society, as well as several other organizations, she has a background in business management but left behind her career after deciding self employment was a better fit for family life and a good work/life balance.
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