Last year I had big plans.
A summer full of fun and memory making.
Two surgeries, a family emergency and a death in the family most assuredly took the wind out of all those sails. The kids watched movies all summer.
They were bored. I was bored and summer crawled by at a lame snail’s pace. (upside we ALL looked forward to school starting)
So this year, I was determined to do better. For summer to be better!
With my calendar by my side and all my ideas rushing around in my head I did what any woman who needs direction and inspiration does.
I took to Pinterest.
And inspired I did get. Overwhelmed too. (oh and a little distracted cuz there are some killer desserts and some super cute outfits on there too!!)
So I pinned.
And before long there were three weeks of “Summer Camp at Home” on the calendar.
(the first two weeks were themed for animals and water. We played some games, ate some snacks and did some crafts. They were good weeks, but the third week was blog worthy!!)
The third week (drum roll please) was Superhero Week.
The weekend before the camp started I gave the kids homework. Think up a superhero identity.
Monday morning found us bound for Wal-Mart on a mission to get costume supplies.
Hours later, covered in glitter, hot glue on my finger tips, we had reinvented ourselves….
Jester Man (our son) and Water Cheetah Archery Girl (our daughter) – gear is set out for Tuesday’s activity
While the peanuts slept on Monday night, hunky hubby and I decorated the house with lots of inflated villains. Tuesday was Superheroes and Villains day. Armed with nerf guns the kids hunted down and shot bad guys all over the house.
And then…Wednesday was Superhero Olympics. We invited some friends over, set up some games, and played.
elite league of superheroes
It was an incredible week and we ended it by making a movie. Yes, a movie!!
Totally the highlight of the week. I grabbed my camera and the kids and I invented scenes as we went along. When hunky hubby got home he dawned his best bad guy costume (complete with cape that we made) and we shot the “Bad Guy” (that was his name) scenes. After some editing (read hours and hours of me trying to figure out how to add music and make it cool), we sat down to the premiere on Friday night (complete with movie snacks and orange soda). It was a blast.
So, despite some diva moments (mine and theirs) and glitter on every surface of the house (even days later) summer camp at home was a smashing success. At the very least we made some awesome family memories….and a movie. (hey remember that time I produced a movie!)