Well, it took a while for the summer to start, but now it seems like it’s flying by so quickly; with half of it already gone by. Camp Woods is something I started 3 years ago… being at home for the summer months with the boys, I didn’t want them to get bored -or to get bored myself!!!- doing the same old things every day. So when spring time comes I always start looking online for some fun crafts and activities to do with them; you know, things that might interest us, movies we will want to see and stuff we will have fun to do at home. I always consider their ‘flavor of the week’, and the things they love at the moment, and then I start planning ahead for my homemade summer camp! Every week has its own little special twist including a few fun activities and surprises! I’m not a strict camp monitor, so we go with the flow and add or remove stuff as the weeks go by. This year the boys are still into Disney, Mario Bros, Cars and Minions. We will also have a Minecraft week soon -although I hate everything about Minecraft- since the boys are really into it!
So here’s a few things we did the last few weeks:
-went for ice cream cone on Monday morning
-made popsicles sticks painted with Cars characters
-baked Minions cookies, then sneaked them into the theater to watch the movie
-made Minions sundaes
-had a last minute sleep over with our cousins
-built Cars Land in my kitchen and dining room, using basically everything we own
-made mini-pizza and had a pic-nic in our basement when it rained
-watch way to many movies (cause it just keeps on raining)
-made Mickey Mouse shaped avocado and egg sandwiches (all sandwiches should be eaten like that)
-built outside forts
-made some Mickey hats
-went to the cottage for paddle board and sea-doo
-made a Mickey Mouse ice cream cone (and nope, I didn’t share that one with the boys… made one and ate it while they were playing downstairs!!!)
-played at the park
-took the bouncer out of the garage every week to play outside with our neighbors
-tried to learn swimming with swimmers
-and much much more
Honestly, this year is a little bit harder… they aren’t as excited about all of this like they were before. And we find ourselves with -probably- the same problem other parents face as well: the iPad thing. Well, electronics in general in our case, with the iPad being the worst one, or their favorite one. We don’t have cable or satellite so they don’t asked for TV much; but every day is a struggle to keep them away from the iPad. So we had to set limits that we try to respect, but still, it seems like all they want to do as soon as they have a minute without anything planned is to play on the DS, or iPad, or Wii. So that’s why I got to start planning my summer activities in the spring to keep them entertained!!!
So two weeks ago, we left the boys with my mom and then had a night out in Montreal. We had bought tickets a while ago to go see Cirque du Soleil. And it was awesome!!! We can’t wait to bring the boys to see one, probably this one later this summer! After the show we took a stroll on the docks of the Vieux Port and it was the best. It had been a while since we’ve been there, and it was so nice. With so many activities for both adults and kids. As always, there were nice patios, but also zip lines, and shows and some shopping on a boardwalk. For the kids, there was a bouncy pirate castle land, some ropes courses (not for kids, but for teens, or close-to-be teens), IMAX and so much more. We plan to visit with my sister-in-law later this summer. It was nice to be out just the two of us; we need to make more time for date nights like that. And Cirque du Soleil is always a winner for us as we both love it so much.
So this week is all about Logan. Baby Loggy is turning 5 on Friday and I want to savor and bottle up his last days of being 4. He’s so excited about his ‘music’ birthday, it’s all he talks about, he doesn’t even realise how distressed I am that my baby is turning 5. I will share some pictures of his birthday party next week… but let’s just say that I made some of the most fun and hilarious kids Beatles costumes ever! I’m sure birthday number five will also be one to remember!
With 4 weeks left before going back to work, I want to spend more one on one time with the boys, I want to put the electronics aside a little and plan together what we want to do! Let me know what are your summer plans, the fun things your family do, and your tricks for getting them off the freakin iPad!!!