To quote Noah’s favorite alphabet song/book (Alligators All Around, Maurice Sendak/Carole King), I’m feeling “shockingly spoiled” with this summer’s opportunities for my past to meet up with my present.
We just wrapped up a wonderful weekend-at-the-lake reunion with 10 friends we met while my husband was in business school eight years ago, a group now enriched with seven kids ages 2 to 8.
Some of our guests’ travel included two red-eye flights in 48 hours, 22 hours in the car with two kids and NO electronics (these parents must write a guest blog entry for me on this).
Still, thanks to early morning wake-ups courtesy of the next generation and communal childcare/cooking efficiencies, we managed to hit nearly everything on our weekend bucket list, including a running/lake swim duathalon and a treetop adventure course (more on that later this week), water sports, fishing and s’mores.
My in-laws not only lent us their awesome place for the weekend, but my mother-in-law Barbara lovingly designed a scavenger hunt that delighted us all.
Collect a little last bit of summer with a scavenger hunt for your little ones – any list or basic drawing will do (even if not as lovely as ours) or create one online in minutes (and free) with clipart here. Ours smartly included a few edibles (blueberries, gummy worms and jelly beans) which served as “prizes” (warning: there were requests for a more substantial, competitively-awarded prize from some of the little MBA legacies).