42 Days of Summer Vacation

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Even though we invested in cable this past fall, we tend not to watch it too often. For us the occasional forays into football, the Stanley Cup finals, Roland Garros (the French Open), Food Network, and the Disney Channel justify the expense for our family. It’s cheaper than taking everyone to the movies.

One of the FishFam favorites is Phineas and Ferb. It tells the tale of two brothers and their tattle-tale sister and how they make efforts to spend their 104 days of summer vacation in good, clean, creative, and unbelievable fun. Everyone in our family enjoys their outrageous schemes to find the best use of their summertime. And our boys love to sing the theme song.

Last week I was inspired to make a list with the kids of all the ways we could spend our 42 days of summer vacation.

First an explanation: 42 days? What happened to the other 78? Well, we’re homeschoolers, and this mama can’t afford three months off lessons. Oh! the fussing I would battle come the First Day of School. No, we’re taking off 6 weeks starting today! Maybe 7. We’ll see how I feel that last week of July.

I tried to make our list fun and festive looking. I added print outs of Phineas and Ferb just to make it colorful, and we’ve stuck it on the front of the fridge where we can see it and add to it when we get another idea. I’ve written down all but the most outrageous suggestions they’ve come up with. Some have cracked me up! My 4-year old suggested that they get haircuts. Made me laugh since they hate that. But, it’s a good idea. They’re all due for a new ‘do.

Some highlights that we’re looking forward to doing include

  • a 12-hr Wii marathon
  • a BBQ dinner at the beach
  • berry picking
  • camping
  • eat watermelon
  • make slushies
  • rootbeer for breakfast
  • make soda rockets
  • go to an aquarium
  • go to a minor league baseball game
  • go to the free weekly movies
  • eat s’mores
  • explore downtown San Diego

Planning to have fun is a great way to while away the summer. The time will go so quickly.

How about you? How will your family spend your summer vacation?

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  1. Great ideas! I printed out your list as a springboard for our "family summer meeting" next week. : )

    Do you mean cabrillo national monument free days? If so, I wasn't aware of that and will have to check it out. Also, do you know of any good water fountain parks / splashpads here in the SD area? I have only found one in 4s ranch area. Thanks for any info.

    Happy Summer!
    PS – hubby made it home safely from his deployment in early May. We are all adjusted and happily enjoying his presence.

  2. Great ideas!

    We did the same thing. I wrote all of our ideas on posterboard and taped it to our pantry door. We have already marked 2 things off and will do one more this weekend.

  3. Great list! We've been watching Phineas and Ferb too! My little guy loves their zany ideas, and loves to imagine how it would go if we did that. BTW, you have lovely handwriting!

  4. Wow. What a great idea. My son loves Phineas and Ferb, and I've been dreading summer vacation, because I know 2 days into it he will be bored to tears.

    I can't wait to start on our list, so we can start crossing things off next week!

    Thanks for the great idea!

  5. We did a list too. Since we live in AZ we will spend most of the time in the pool to stay cool. But we're also having a cookie baking morning, park day, picnic, storytime at the library, a trip to Utah to visit my sister. And my least favorite – 4 hours of Spongebob! Have a great summer. 🙂