In my sometimes dark childhood, there are a few bright spots that make me smile. Like downing a cold glass of chocolate milk and devouring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, my body sweaty and filthy after a day of hard-core playing in the dirt.
Even helping my family with the laborious process of preparing tamales, posole, mole, and/or carne asada for family gatherings.
These are all wonderful childhood memories floating in my head, and I want my children to have the same kind of fond memories that make them smile.
Summer is the perfect time to build these memories. There is no school and plenty of time to have multiple adventures. While we have a few lazy days, everything we do is all in the name of bonding.
Water balloons anyone? There is no better way to release some agression than by pelting your enemy, I mean child, and laughing in triumph as the balloon drenches your foe - BWAHAHAHA! (Ok, a little overboard, but those rascals think the same thing - ask them.)
Another favorite: the woods. We are lucky to have plenty of woodsy area and creeks nearby. Who needs parks when you have nature? Avoiding poison ivy, picking berries, wading for crayfish, skipping rocks, and going home with mosquito bites are all part of the fun.
Rescuing turtles that end up on the roads is an old family past-time, even those scary snapping ones that I am sure will bit my fingers off.
Our family movie nights are legendary (even if it is just in our head). We sprawl out in the living room, laugh and giggle at whatever someone is sharing, and eventually quiet down in time to start a movie, and we finish strong with daddy snoring because he didn't make it until the end.