As for my oldest, she and I have had many ice cream dates. Recently, we've discovered a mom and pop shaved ice joint that the four of us all agree on. The owner (Big D) puts ice cream on the bottom, shaved ice on top of that and then sweetened condensed milk with marshmallow fluff as the topper! Genius! The four of us now have a new Sunday afternoon hangout.
3. Around the House-Spending time connecting with your kids and family is great but doing something for yourself is just as important. One of the things that relaxes me is taking a day or two to just live in my house. Like most guys, I work hard during the week and spend 40 plus hours away from the crib. Some weekends all I want to do is LIVE in the house that I pay mortgage on. Knocking out some home improvement projects or playing video games for a couple of hours recharges my batteries like nothing else.
5. Vacation Bible School-We're always looking for additional ways to instill Godly values into our daughters. This year my wife and I enrolled our kids in VBS at two different churches. It was a good chance for them to connect with some of their friends and meet some new ones. It also gave my wife a bit of a break from the demands of being a state at home mom. More importantly, they were able to hear more about following Jesus in a fun way.
7. Check Out a Game-We try to make it to at least one farm team baseball game each year. Our kids look forward to riding the light rail to the ball park. We couldn't care less about who they're playing or what each player's RBI is for the season. Just being in the ball park (preferably early in the season) doing the wave and watching our kids sing, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is truly priceless.
8. Do Nothing- Contrary to popular belief it is ok for us dads to simply do nothing sometimes. As the title of this post indicates there should be something about summer that involves relaxation. Summer gives us hard working dads a chance to fully enjoy the lives we work so hard to create for our families. This includes sitting around with absolutely no game plan for a few hours a week. As I always say, even Superman stopped by the Fortress of Solitude from time to time.