July Memory Making

In keeping with my resolution to be more thoughtful and organized when it comes to celebrating the seasons… here are some plans and random thoughts for July a few days late!

Special Dates to Celebrate

*July 4th ~ Independence Day*

This is always a fun day. We do pancakes or waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla ice cream for breakfast, then head out for a day at the lake with family. We have a cookout and swim, fish, canoe, and/or play yard games. We head back home for a quick dinner, then out again to see the fireworks!
There aren’t a whole lot of special dates in July, which is probably a good thing what with summer camps and summer practices. There are, however, a whole lot of things to notice and do!
Things to Notice and Do This Month

  • Make sure our American flag is in good shape; replace it if needed
  • Enjoy the daylilies that seem to pop up everywhere this time of year
  • Sit on the screened porch during thunderstorms
  • Install air conditioners in the upstairs windows 
  • Pack a bag for summer fun
  • Remember to water the garden during dry spells – we’re having one now!
  • Wait for that first tomato from the garden
  • Finish homeschool plans for the fall
  • Jot down notes about this past homeschool year (transcript-style) for my high-schooler
  • Listen for crickets and cicadas
  • Grill as often as possible – it’s too hot to cook inside!
  • Enjoy raspberries from the garden – it looks to be a bumper crop this year
  • Corn-on-the-cob season begins
  • Get a bunch of fun toppings and have a “make your own sundae” night
  • Try to remember to deadhead the flowers
  • Watch movies with popcorn and lemonade when it’s too hot to be outside
  • Make time for the kids to use the pool whenever possible
  • Catch fireflies in jars (then release them)
  • Make popsicles
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Eat every dinner on the back porch
  • Try to spend some time just sitting outside and soaking it all in – it’s summer!

Happy July!