a pair of 2nd graders got on the bus this morning, then (hey presto!) this afternoon they returned home as 3rd graders! and in true Ohio weather form, there was a mist of rain mere moments before the bus arrived, causing the crepe paper streamers to nearly go bust all over the place. just like last year. i suppose that's Mother Nature's way of being part of the tradition, like the bus full of cheering kids + sweet driver honking the horn.
that's right, my friends, school is out for summer! we still need to put together a summer fun list like last year, but a few for-sures we are looking forward to include slower living, a really simple garden, bike rides on every trail we can find, ice cream fridays, swimming in the lake, berry picking with friends, sandwiches by the river, so many popsicles, nature friends' meetings in the woods, daily art time, a few camps, a trip to disney (!), rearranging + redecorating the girls' bedrooms, moving my studio back home, weekly visits to the library, picnics whenever and where ever, hanging up the beautiful artwork that came home, and so much more.
what sorts of fun things do you have in mind for summer? is yours written down, perhaps in a bucket or on a chalkboard wall? i have a summer camp board on Pinterest filled with ideas for lazy days. the girls talk a lot about hosting their own crafty kid camp with friends this summer - they are full of ideas, too. but just in case, i may make an "i'm bored" jar to have on hand for when the need arises.