Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Fun Day 2 - Impromptu, Old Fashioned, Summer Picnic


How do you turn a regular old backyard lunch into a super fun, old fashioned, summer, family picnic?

First, dress the part by searching through the closets for the most "old fashioned" attire you can pull together.

Second, add some pizzazz to the preparation of the food.  "Old fashioned" sounds wholesome and healthy, so don't forget the fruits and vegetables.  Then again, a summer picnic calls for a touch of a treat, so don't discourage your mother if she happens to offer to mix up a quick sheet cake for dessert, or suggests Kool-Aid instead of water.

***Cake mixes, and packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid are two more of the "must have" items on our summer boredom buster supply list, though generally the powdered drink mixes are used as art or science supplies, rather than for drinking, making a pitcher of Kool-Aid a rare treat*** 


Finally, leave time after lunch for a few "old fashioned" family games.  A stretchy cotton headband, or two can come in handy for a three legged race...


...or a quick game of blind man's bluff.


And, if you can manage to time things just right, so that a summer squall brings the whole shebang to a hectic, snatch-and-run finish, so much the better.


And yes, we know, as this is only May, technically our summer squall was really a spring shower, and we should still have a few weeks left inside, sweating over schoolwork, but it is after all...

...great to be a homeschooler.

5 comments:

Phyllis said...

What a lovely day. It is nice to see your beautiful family again.

travelingthenarrowroad said...

I love this! what fun! and such a spacious back yard, nice!
~Sheri

Ticia said...

Ooohhh, I hadn't thought how a stretchy cotton headband would help.

Amber Hockman said...

Summer Squall- I wonder if it gets its name from the sound we make as we run inside to escape getting wet? ;0)

Raising a Happy Child said...

I was wondering about dresses in the beginning :) Everyone looks very pretty and lady-like (except D, of course).