Happy Summer!

pool

We just celebrated the Summer Solstice.  Summer Solstice is the longest day of sunlight hours and kicks off summer.  I love the summer season so yes, I say celebrate.  Happy Summer, although in Florida I think it unofficially started months ago.  For some reason I don’t think I have ever moved past the idea of summer that I had as a child: Schools out for the summer!

How do you summer?  Do you hunker down to hide from the heat?  Do you slather up and bask in the sun?  Do you try a new adventure?  Do you have a traditional trip or activity you do every summer?  In my house summer can feel like a free for all…the schedule is a bit lax and feels like one long weekend.

Years ago, I realized that while a relaxed summer is fun it is not sustainable and when the summer is over “getting back on track” isn’t easy.  I have developed a mindset to maintain schedule to ease the transitions from season to season.  I realize that I don’t want the summer to be too strict, so I carefully choose what I stick to.  I choose sleep, movement, and nutrition.  We keep the same bedtime and wake up time. We limit sugar and over snacking.  The most fun of the summer is the variety of movement we can do.  Running, biking, surfing, swimming are a few activities we like to keep moving.

I may make some summer modifications to the routine to fit in some summer fun, but for the most part we stick to the script.  I also try to remember it is summer so there is room for the midnight pool party.  There is room for movies in the park past bedtime.  There is room for pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I’m sure you have your summer fun, traditions, and rules that keep it real…What are they?  I’d love to hear any memories and suggestions for summer fun!

Or is summer just another day?