Navigating Summer!

7 Jun

I am a home school Mom of two boys. We’ve just finished Home School for the year last week Yahoo!  Normally I’ve already got  a game plan as to what our (my 2 boys and my summer) looks like.  However, this year has sort of threw me for a loop, because our summer fun usually involves a lot of pool time.  My youngest broke his leg back in April, finally got rid of the huge cast this past Monday June 4th, but….still has to wear a boot for the next 5 weeks.   So, our pool time is limited at best, so on to something else!

My boys are all boys, they like sports, riding bikes, and running and romping outside.  They usually go on several fishing trips through the spring and summer with their Dad as we had an older RV that we liked to take to a nice RV park where there is a gorgeous lake for fishing and swimming, But…….Our plans for the rv’s use was wiped out also in April of this year as you can see!

Well, being a Mom who has been fortunate to be able to stay  home with  my boys all of  their lives, I’ve always taken them to the Mall with me.    Unlike most little boys, they love it, because they grew up going to the Mall every week.  We would go eat at our favorite place in the food court and then go play in the arcade where they would rack up on tickets to turn in on little army men, yoyos and whoopee cushions.  We’ve loved our time there and it was special Mommy and son time.  It was funny, one time  my oldest use to have one of the stick horses as he was all into cowboys and horses.  He was about 4 years old, and was dressed in his little  PJs and a cowboy hat, he  was riding his stick horse hard and fast  all over the house as the horse’s stick made a thudding sound on  the floor.   I asked him where he was going in such a quick hurry on his horse and , his reply “I’m going to the Mall!”  Priceless moment  that I will never forget.

Anyway with  all of that said every year our local Mall features summer fest and shows $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so we’ve been taking full advantage of them!  How many know  though that by the time you’ve bought popcorn and drink for $12.50, you can really rack some bucks. We have to be inventive, we only do the popcorn on Tuesday because we can get discounted. When we go, we stay pretty much all day, unfortunately with the times we are living in most of our most popular places we always went when they were very small  have closed their doors, but we still love going and hanging out there as it brings back a lot of wonderful memories for all of us.

So what to do for the rest of the our summer has turned into a dilemma.  I know that our local libraries always have story time and summer reading programs going, but after finishing up School, my boys are not to hip to get right back into reading if you know what I mean!  They are one another’s shadows, so what one does and the other will insist on doing!  So I am so open to suggestions, what would you do to entertain  2 boys for the summer on a budget?  My oldest just turned 12 years old  Tuesday, and my youngest one is 8.

One Response to “Navigating Summer!”

  1. Paul J. Stam June 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by Paper Mud and Me. I like dreams and people with dreams. Hope all yours are good ones.


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