Have you ever decided to go out for dinner and then had no idea where to go? Your mind is blank … except for the restaurant you always go to. You desperately try to come up with something new because your family is sick of always going for Mexican food at Macayo’s, your default choice. (If you tasted their green corn tamales with baja sauce, you’d understand).
What’s frustrating is you’ve said many times when passing an interesting new restaurant, “Let’s go there the next time we are going out!” But can you remember where it was? NO. Can you remember the name? Of course not.
“Who do you think I am, Google?” you snap when your husband looks at you incredulously because you can’t remember your idea from the day before.
Well, maybe that just happens in my house … ahem … moving on …
Going blank when given an opportunity to do something happens frequently. I’m not a spontaneous person. I can’t whip up a fun afternoon with a paper clip and a cardboard box. I wish I could. But my mind just doesn’t seem to work like that. Which is why if fun is going to happen in our house, it’s going to get planned.
Today I wrote an article about scheduling fun in the summer on Roo Mag. It’s a simple concept, but one that helps me add special experiences for my family throughout the year, not just summer. For example, last week I went online and checked out the free programming offered through our local library, and scheduled to take my daughters to a class on making things out of duct tape (wallets, etc) and a class on using bleach to decorate a t-shirt (better them than me). Both free!
Years ago I created what I call my “Family Fun Book.” It’s just a 3-ring binder with page protectors. When I come across a brochure or flyer for something new, I tuck in this book. I’ve also used it for takeout menus. It’s been a great source for ideas and information.
I’ve also found some website that have helped in the past when my children were younger. One of my favorites was Family Fun by Disney. In fact, I just went on it this morning and got some great ideas for a baking afternoon.
I wish I was the mom with all the great ideas. Alas, it’s not to be. But I do know how to create a schedule and plan. So there is hope for spontaneously-challenged among us.
Happy Summer Day!
P.S. If you have an idea on a free/cheap summer activity for kids or adults, I’d love to hear it. If you are reading this in an email, please click here to be taken to my blog to post a comment.