Ah, Summer. For many it brings relief, no more hurried mornings, no more homework, no more demands of a schedule. For others, sheer panic. What will I do with these kids all day? Every. Single. Day. For me as a homeschooling mom, summer is a mixed bag of emotions. While I am certainly ready for schedules to ease, co-op to end, and to have a break from daily lessons, there’s a bit of panic that sets in. See, I am a structure girl. Not in a “make endless lists or cute charts via Pinterest” kind of way, but more in the way of “I need to know we have a loose plan and some structure.” I need things to look forward to, otherwise cranky, restless momma sets in, which is not good for any in the Duncan household. Aside from our normal daily swimming, camps, VBS, and Bible study, I have decided to create a “Summer Bucket List” with the girls, together we can shape what our summer will look like.
Here are some of our ideas:
Drive in movie, Dallas Farmers Market (multiple trips for Canton peaches), neighborhood walks to get La Michoacana ice cream, bike rides through the Bishop Arts district, popcorn for dinner at least once (who am I kidding, it will be more than once), see a Rangers game, Steel City Pops, Klyde Warren splash park, tour the Dallas Museum of Art, ride the trolley on McKinney Avenue, eat from a food truck, Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the park, as well as our annual family trip to Pensacola Beach Florida.
Many of these activities are little or no cost. The goal isn’t so much the list itself but rather creating sweet memories with our family. One of the most cherished pieces of wisdom I have received from an older, wiser mom was to create and invest in making memories with our girls. The days are long but the years are short. My heart’s desire is that each of my girls know we value fun as a family and praise God for the abundant life He gives us. Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.”
About the Writer:
Born in Kentucky, growing up in Arkansas, and now living in Texas, has given this southern preacher’s daughter many unique experiences. Whether setting a table for a new friend, preparing a meal for family, or sharing the love of Christ with a wounded soul, Nesli does it with passion and style. Married to her best friend, a mom to three precious girls, and a life long learner of Gods word, Nesli is excited to share her journey.