Summer Fun Begins *Now* {Finer Things Friday}

Already two weeks into our summer break from school, I finally sat down with the children this afternoon to start The List of Summer Fun.  The List is going to hang on the refrigerator, nagging me to be a Yes! mom throughout the summer.  To have fun!  To be intentional with this short, intense season.

I chimed in with a few things I’d like to do again… the county carnival, the rodeo, see a movie at the drive in theater.  My suggestions were met with approving “oooh’s and ahhh’s,” but the real fun was recording what the kids came up with.


Make fun hairstyles.  Play a computer game.  Ride bikes around the park.  Play bocce ball.  Color pictures together.

They are brilliant, those children of mine.  Capturing the simple things.  The life things. Masters of The Finer Things. I hope to follow their lead this summer.

What Finer Things are you celebrating this week?  Link up and let us know!  Do you write a Summer Fun list?  What are some of your “must do’s?”


  1. We’re on day 2 of summer vacation. Yesterday we went to the beach and today we’re heading to Busch Gardens. I love your list! I need to do something similar with my girls. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sounds like you’ve got a great start! My kids would LOVE to go to the beach, but here in land-locked Kansas, they may have to settle for a pond. 😉

  2. I love your “intentional” things — sometimes it seems that if we’re not purposeful about our plans, even something simple like summer to-do’s, they just get put off and never accomplished. Sweet sign with some great ideas!!

    • Yes! I find myself so busy doing the day-to-day (dishes, laundry, etc.) that we don’t make time for the important stuff. Trying to be more mindful of that.

  3. I just love when this happens! I was linking up my post this morning (about something that hangs on MY fridge) and listening to K-LOVE as I do every morning. A speaker this morning was talking about a list of summer activities and was reading the list his six year old had created. At the very same moment, I was reading the list in your photo! We haven’t officially kicked off summer yet, but yesterday afternoon I had a chat with my two eldest about what activities to do this summer, and how we can do them as a family and still find extra time to serve others and Christ. I think it’s time I made a list of my own! Thanks for giving me the kick in the pants I needed, Amy!!

  4. I love the way you did your chart. I think we will have to sit down and do one like it. What a great idea.

  5. I like the check boxes on your poster and the size of your reminder. I’ll have to keep that in mind with my four kiddos at home this summer.

  6. Its interesting how much the US differs from Canada. Here, our school year ends at the end of June. Although I don’t have school kids, things still seem to kick off more towards the end of June (our gardens start growing, local events, etc.). I love your list (and what neat writing 🙂 ).

  7. Do I remember correctly that you are a former teacher??? That straight, neat handwriting is amazing! I’m a former teacher, but I could NEVER make a chart look like that by doing it free hand!

    I know that wasn’t the point of the post, though. 🙂 Love the content on the chart, too!!

    • Ha! Yes, that is 8 years of chalkboard writing for you. 😉 I had to giggle at my former teaching ways creeping in as I’d see a line start to get crooked and do my own little “auto-correct.” LOL

  8. Fantastic idea! And I happen to have a sheet of poster board on hand!! I’m definitely hijacking this idea!

  9. What great ideas! I’ll have to do that next summer when the boys are a little bigger! A favorite summer fun thing – ice cream truck!

    • Ooooo, I forgot about the ice cream truck! Amazingly enough, I *have* seen one of those in this Tiny Town a few summers ago. Wonder if he’ll be back?!

  10. This is a great idea. The check boxes and poster board make the list even better.

    • The kids have already checked off a few today, LOL. They are on a mission! I’m sure we’ll be adding to the list as we do things. Might be fun to pull out again next summer.

  11. Love your cute chart!!! My kids are at an age (12, 8 and 3) that I have to keep our fun list in secret on my computer…I know, not as fun….but they would hold us to every last thing on that list…LOL!! And even if my intentions were to do them all…I know realistically it may not happen.

    I love though that you are listing many things you normally do anyway…that way you are sure to hit a lot of them!! 🙂

    I’m sharing my “EASY Fruit Snack with Chocolate & Exciting News in the Life of a Food Blogger” this week. Have a GREAT weekend!!

  12. I love your list! I do these just before Jeremy comes home from spending a couple of months with his dad. I always want to make sure that he doesn’t miss any fun opportunities while he’s home with us. It looks like your family is going to have a really wonderful summer, enjoy!!

  13. Oh Amy, you look like such a Good Mom! I like the one about being involved in harvest! That sounds like a Kansan. : ) Even if you aren’t and never were a farmer, when harvest time rolls around, you just have to get excited about the wheat and the combines, every year.

    (and you can put “visit the Lady Who Cleans Our House” on the list : )

    • “visit the Lady Who Cleans Our House” Oh my word, people who read this and don’t know the joke are gonna think you’re a regular over here! 😉 But yes! I’ll add you to the calendar this morning! (Will you be around when we go pick up our chickens in a couple of weeks?)

  14. So fun! We make summer BINGO boards full of all the fun stuff that we want to make sure and get done during the summer. This year we added a little twist–some learning activities…the first reactions were “oooh” & “yuck”…but I have pleasantly surprised them with fun learning! When they get Bingos they get a date night with mommy or daddy or a friend playdate or a sleepover with a friend or….they get to come up with whatever. When they get a blackout we get to go to the water park. 🙂

    • I remember reading about that on your blog last summer! Ok. I think I’ll have to steal that idea to put some of the not-as-fun things on. A few extra chores, “assignments”, etc. Do you have a BINGO card printable that you filled in?

  15. It looks like you have a TON of ideas on there. You’re sure to have an unforgettable summer. 🙂

    P.S. You have such neat handwriting!


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