There’s only a month left of summer. It feels like it’s flown by. I know. I get it. It feels like that for me too. I’ve learned one thing though on this motherhood roller coaster ride; the one thing that makes things slow down a bit is taking time to notice the little things, the small things that might seem insignificant to most.
Every month this summer, I’ve shared fun, little holidays that you might not have ever heard of, but they’re reason to celebrate and enjoy the little things with your kids. Time is fleeting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy every day. Here’s some reasons to celebrate this August:
August 2nd: Sister Day
What’s better than to set aside some time to love on your little girls – little sisters? Plan a little something special for your girls today – a date with ice cream or a trip to their favorite local shop. Encourage them to write each other notes or cards. Have them paint a plain picture frame and insert a picture of them together. Help them really grow and cherish this special relationship they have. And don’t forget to send your own sister an “I love you” text.
August 9th: Book Lover’s Day
This holiday was made for me! Being homeschoolers, I’m sure this is a lot of our kind of holiday!
I think it would be great to have a whole book party for this day. There’s so many great ideas out there. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for some good ones! Have kids come to the party dressed as their favorite author like Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or Jane Austen. Or come as your favorite book character like Nancy Drew, Anne Shirley, or Harry Potter.
Serve some fitting foods to go along with these characters or authors. Think, cornbread for Laura Ingalls or little tea cakes for Anne Shirley. Make good use of thrift store books and create a table runner with stained pages and create a little banner to go over the table too.
If throwing a party seems like too big a task right now, just take your kids to the library or local book store. Send them on a scavenger hunt for certain book genres or authors. Give them a crash course on the Dewey Decimal system if you haven’t before.
August 16th: Tell a Joke Day
Having two boys who are obsessed with jokes, this special day might stay hidden in our family – – I’m not sure if I can take one more plastic snake in my bed, but for those of you who are still fresh from practical jokesters, print off some good ones to share at dinnertime or gift your children a new joke book. They are so fun!
Play little practical jokes on your kids today – they will think you’re hilarious, even if your jokes aren’t that great.
August 17th: National Thrift Store Day
I have one kid who loves to go to thrift stores, one who loathes it, and two who are indifferent. Take the kids who care on a scavenger hunt at your local thrift store. Give them a list and your phone and start the timer. Make a list of funny things they can look for in the store like “funny hat” or “most terrible sweater,” and have them check off their finds as they take a picture with your phone.
Another idea is to just give them five dollars and see what treasures they can dig up. Give them a challenge like, “find something awesome to display in your room,” or “find an outfit you can revamp to fit your style,” and make a fun project out of a trip to the thrift store.
August 27th: Just Because Day
This is the perfect holiday to do anything – just because! Replant some of your summer flowers that have gotten worn out. Go get your toes done with your daughter. Have a picnic in the yard – just because! This is a great time to leave little notes under your kids’ pillows or buy them something special – because sometimes we forget to let them know just how much we love them.
Have fun soaking up these last few rays of summer! What are you doing – or what have you done – to make the most of the everyday this summer?