Summer vacation looms large at my house thanks to the exciting prospect of unscheduled days -- 88 of them to be exact. The day after school is out holds the most promise.
What to do with the first day free from school-year obligations?
I couldn't resist coming up with a plan for my dream do-nothing day from start to finish. Hopefully, it is the only one I'll need.
1. Eat a breakfast that does not include dry cereal in a Ziploc bag or squeezable yogurt to go. Everyone eats this satisfying meal at the same time, at the same table. Blueberry pancakes, French toast kebabs or a cheesy sausage egg casserole are all good options.
2. My daughters and I stay in our pajamas for as long as we wish. Since we have nowhere to go, we have no reason to get dressed, which also prevents nothing-to-wear meltdowns or clothing choice battles with a preschooler.
3. Watch more television than is usually allowed during a busy morning. For me, that means at least an hour of the Today Show before Nick, Jr., takes over the flat screen. Then, each girl can choose one or two favorite episodes to enjoy.
4. Since we had a healthy, hot breakfast, lunch is pure indulgence -- ice cream! I might even include chocolate syrup and sprinkles. It is summer, after all, and dessert at lunch without actually having to eat "real" food first is the ultimate treat.
5. After lunch, comes naps all around in our pajamas, because we never got dressed. Sleep should come easily after our rich midday treat.
6. Finally, we change out of our pajamas, and put on bathing suits. We will head outside for an afternoon of sprinkler and kiddie pool fun.
7. Once Dad is home from work, it is time to make dinner. Our summer kickoff has to involve the grill. Burgers are easy, and we can eat them picnic-style while bathing suits and wet hair dry out.
8. As darkness starts to creep in, it is time for quick baths and changing into, you guessed it, more pajamas.
9. We get to stay up later, which, hopefully, inspires sleeping later the next day.
10. Throughout the day, say yes to kid requests as much as possible. If it doesn't hurt them, me or the house, then yes it is.
This little first-day-of-summer plan I have concocted sounds perfectly ideal. I, however, am rational enough to know that both my life and my family are far from perfect, and the chances of said plan being fulfilled in such an idyllic manner are virtually zero.
Luckily, the main objective of the plan is simple enough to implement even if nothing gets checked off the list.
We do not leave the house.
The desire to do so will come soon enough, I'm sure, once boredom sets in and the walls of home seem too confining.
For one day, at least, we have nowhere to be, nothing to do and 87 other days to do the same. Hello, summer!
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