Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Surviving the family get together s!
As I have just finished a family get together this weekend, it has gotten me thinking about summer vacations and how we often have to spend a lot of time 'figuring' out what activities we can do, how long we can stay, what's important to us a family. Our lives are busy, and often need to be structured, scheduled, planned. We need to have Plan A, B and often times a 'C' in our pockets- and know that that's OK!! I had a trunk full of different activities, changes of clothes, food, and toys that would ensure that my son had what he would need to enjoy the days that are always a lot of fun when we are all together for a reunion, but can be loud, disorganized and 'silly' ( as he told me often..) We had a super weekend, spent time with family, made memories. He had the chance to participate when he wanted to, played a wild game of Frisbee tag with the cousins, sat around the campfire & told a great ghost story. He also had a designated quiet room in the cottage, when he needed to regroup and chairs placed strategically around at varying distances between the group and the cottage, and his bike handy for those sensory breaks he needed. It worked! So I put together a few ideas that may help with the remainder of the summer. Hope you are all enjoying this great weather we are finally having on the Island! I wanted to share a picture from our shore that I took over the weekend. Find your peace, celebrate at the pace you need for you and your family & enjoy the summer. We discovered the fun of kayaking this weekend, I am going to attempt to teach my son how to kayak...will keep you posted on that!
These tips may help throughout the summer months, or any 'down time' really that happens throughout the year, when the regular schedules are not happening. I still need to remind myself to write it down, even daily what is happening. When it's posted on the fridge, it is amazing how much less stressful it can be.