No Bummer Summer

The Quest for a “No Bummer Summer”

I am on quest.

A quest, for a No Bummer Summer.

HUH? Well, here’s the deal. For the first time ever, I find myself working from home and working with my rockin clients … with two human products in tow.

And I am LOVIN it.

When school ended we decided, since hubs and I are both self-employed, that we would keep our 6 and 9 year old home with us and just coordinate our schedules. Daycare has always been a huge part of our past routine, but I couldn’t ignore the fact that this was a chance to:
1. Save money
2. Bond with the fam
3. Save money

I admit, I was skeptical. When I write and work on projects I really prefer peace and quiet. Nothing worse than bored, bickering kids 6 inches from the side of my head while I am under a deadline and trying to write something meaningful and readable. However, I thought we give it a try. It’s no secret summer goes by fast and 10 year from now it won’t matter if I wrote a killer b log post, but it will matter I created awesome summer memories for my rugrats.

As of today, we are a few weeks into summer vacation and I haven’t had the urge to drink heavily or run away and join the circus gotten impatient with the kids and lost my cool….yet.

Like all good adventures in life, one must have a Plan. Our solution was to create the No Bummer Summer List.

The No Bummer Summer list contains fun (budget friendly) things to do with suggestions made by the whole family. I try very hard to include something meaningful like a craft or activity, but there are some days we are all happy with taking a walk together or having Movie Hour.

It is a delicate balance let-me-tell-ya between keeping everyone entertained, busy, not scratching each others eyes out bickering and arguing and making $$ and keeping up with the workload. 

The bottom line is, watch in the coming months for recap and reports of our projects and adventures.  I am hoping I can offer up suggestions and create a roadmap for other families and I really hope to hear suggestions from my readers as well. I know I can’t be the only WAHM looking for ideas and summer adventures.

As friend and client Cindy Storms says, “We need to find that balance of allowing ourselves to ‘go with the flow’ for while instead of fighting to keep up with some insane pace.”

In a nutshell YES, I need to earn a living and pay the bills. But for the first time I feel like I will be enjoying summer.

I am SO excited for the possibilities.

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