Recently Meredith and I had an email exchange where she asked me what I had planned for the kids to do over the summer. I never answered her, because as anyone who has ever emailed back and forth with me knows, I’m spotty about answering email. It’s not y’all, it’s me. I put things to answer later when I have more time, and when I realize I’ve failed to respond to someone, it’s too late.
Well, better late than never, and I figured I’d share with you guys here what my plans are.
I plan to drop some more specific posts about what we’re doing throughout the summer, but in general, I’m planning to do lots of fun things. Since sending the kids either to sleepaway camp or day camp is not in this summer’s budget, I plan to have a “camp at home” kind of thing with lots of fun field trips. We’re lucky to live in an area with lots of wildlife and fishing spots, and I intend to hit many of them with the kids.
For the locals, I’m specifically planning on hitting many of the Civil War battlegrounds for both some history and wildlife/plant learning. The Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is home to cedar glades, which only occur in our part of Middle Tennessee.
I’m going to take the kids to some u-pick farms to teach them about farming and where their food comes from. I’m also searching for a local farm with some farm animals so my kids can “meet their meat,” heh.
As far as a longer trip this year, with gas prices being so expensive, we’ll have to stay fairly close. I’m thinking of taking the kids to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky for some “cool” fun.
And, of course, we’re going to make things. Messes, primarily, but I’m also going to work on teaching my daughter to sew (and yes, sewers, I’m going to get back to my sewing tutorials!) and we’ll probably paint and make clay stuff from the mud in our yard (clay soil: good for making stuff, bad for growing things).
So, that’s the grand plan. I can’t wait until school is out! This is the last week! Tell me, Home Eccers, what are you doing with the kids this summer?