Summer Fun List

Summer vacation is finally here! Are you ready? I don’t quite feel like I am but I’ve known it was coming for 9 months so there’s really no excuse.

For the last few years I’ve tried to come up with a simple Summer Bucket List for my family.I can’t stand the idea of us just mindlessly twiddling the days away in front of the TV. Of course, I’d be intermittently requiring the kids to go out and ride their bikes and shoot some hoops but still…I wanted there to be more. I wanted things to be memorable. I wanted it to be about us, memories, togetherness. Not just me shoo-ing them off to do their own mindless things for a couple hours at a time.

Last year, the kids helped write the Summer Bucket List. There were some big things on there and there were some seemingly small things as well. But they were all things that we all wanted to do. I was pretty impressed with how much we accomplished on our list. As we did something or went somewhere we’d check it off. Continue reading

Confessions of a “NO” Mom

The other day my son asked me for something simple. A cookie, I believe. And I did what I’ve become so accustomed to.  In all honesty, its just become a knee jerk reaction for me.

I said “No.”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with saying no sometimes. Especially when dinner is maybe 10 minutes away and my son can hold out for a plateful of healthy food. But, at the same time I found myself thinking, “Wow, you say that a lot.” It just rolls off my tongue so easily! I don’t even have to think about it.

Mom, can I…  NO.

Mom, how about if…. NO.

Mom, will you let me… NO.

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