It's here! It's here! Summer time! Every year, I grow more determined to soak up every moment in the sunshine and lazy days with my sweeties. I also want to hear from them, about what they looking forward to in this season where the days stretch a bit longer and freedom is felt a little more near. But here's the thing, I'm not going jam pack these days with so many activities that we don't have room to breathe. I want this season to be marked by exploration and wonder and maybe even a little boredom to inspire personal initiative. So, our bucket list is really simple, its pretty organic and it all happens in turns. But, there is nothing like entering June with dreams for what the months ahead will hold! Here's what we plan to tackle together over the next few months, as well as some links to our favorite New York City sights that we are making sure to soak up before we fly west. I hope it inspires your own (simple) summer fun!
Practicing Our surfing
Skipping rocks in the river
Picnic at Our secret Beach
Canoeing at the lake house
hiking to see the sunrise
stargazing with the telescope
sparkler relays on the 4th of July
Feeding great grandma's chickens
jumping off the dock at the Lake
having a lemonade stand
hiking to hidden lake
selling crafts at the farmer's market
slip and Slide
putting on a show with the cousins
taking a family walk on the canal
Helping grandpa with projects
Playing lawn games and croquet
Family minecraft party
camping out in the backyard
nerf and water gun war
family game night
watching a movie outdoors
And before we leave New York City? We plan to visit the Boathouse snack bar and go out in the row boats on the pond, take the remote control sail boats for a spin before visiting the seals at the zoo, climb the waterfall at the Ramble in Central Park, and the crags of the Great Hill, ride the Central Park Carousel and the new Sea Glass Carousel in the Battery. We'll peek into St. Patrick's, the Lego Store and Magnolia Bakery at Rockefeller Plaza, visit Eloise at the Plaza Hotel, tour the MET galleries and see the new rooftop display, venture into the American Museum of Natural History Discovery Room and Oceanic exhibit, eat a burger at Shake Shake and feed the ducks at Turtle Pond.
Kristen Kill is a woman transformed by the delight of God. She loves coffee, gingerbread, and staying up late with her nose in a good mystery. She believes there is something sacred in lighting candles, in setting a beautiful table and inviting others in. Most days she can be found attempting to learn how to cook, redecorating any given room instead of cleaning her house, and homeschooling her five hilarious children.
A contributing Editor at The Better Mom, and co-host of At Home, a popular podcast with Sally Clarkson, Kristen is passionate about encouraging women who feel stretched thin. She believes that tension is where we can learn to live expectant for the music and melody God is singing over of each one of us. She writes about home, creativity, and flourishing at her blog Hope With Feathers (kristenkill.com)
After spending the last seven years in the hustle of New York City, she and her husband, Josh, are learning to go slow as they raise their family and walk their anxious hound dog in the Pacific Northwest. Her first book, Finding Selah is due from Zondervan in 2018.