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Last weekend was absolutely glorious! Besides the fact that it was Mother's Day, the weather decided to cooperate beautifully. Being able to spend the day with my family outside in the sunshine and summery weather made it the perfect day. It's also amazing how everyone's moods change with the weather -- sunny and warm means happy kiddos for mom and dad. It made me even more excited for summer than I was before if that is even possible. Just watching Cohen play pirates in his playhouse fort and Lola splash around in the water table for hours filled my heart with so much joy and happiness I thought it was going to explode. There is so much I love about summer, but being able to spend these gorgeous days outside making memories is my absolute favorite part of the break. With the weather being so nice last weekend, I decided that I wanted to continue our play outside with an backyard picnic. I knew both kids would love eating on a blanket but it also added fun to our family day outside.
So what did I include in my backyard picnic one may ask? Just about anything perfect for little hands as well as snacks that could be enjoyed while swinging, sliding and running around. Plus I grabbed a thick and heavy blanket for the family to sit on and comfortably enjoy lunch together. It's the most simple idea and so easy to put together - especially for those moms with little ones with attention spans of less than five seconds!
It's easy to get started and you already have everything you need in your pantries and cupboards!
How To Create Your Own Backyard Picnic in Four Easy Steps
Step 1 - Main Course -- Think of a finger food that is easy on mess and can withstand the heat. I went with fun shaped PB&Js because I know they are Cohen's favorite. You could easily do lunch meat if you have hungry tummies that are ready to eat right away! Plus any leftovers could easily be tossed away to the birds. (I won't tell the neighbors!)
Step 2 - Side items - I went with prepackaged chips, portable yogurts and cheese and a bowl full of fresh blueberries that could be revisited throughout the remainder of the day. Sweet Lola could eat an entire bushel if I let her, but I wouldn't because you know who is changing that diaper the next day...
Step 3 - Thirst Quenchers - Besides the obvious of water filled bottles, I wanted to include a little extra treat to our picnic for Kurtis and myself. On a recent trip to Sam's Club I found SunnyD in individual sized bottles that make it easy to grab and go! The 24 pack was on roll back for just $5.38 from the normal price of $5.98 - hot dog! (Be sure to check the refrigerated section at your Sam's Club!) These little bottles were perfect for our picnic lunch with just enough juice for a lunch serving. Seeing the SunnyD brought me right back to when I was a kid, running around the neighborhood from dawn until dusk, only to return home when I was threatened with not being able to go out again the next day.
Step 4 - Enjoy and don't forget the laughter!
Almost two weeks later Cohen is still talking about our picnic. It was so simple to throw together yet full of fun! It's also perfect for an inside floor on a gloomy rainy day because unfortunately, not all summer days can be full of fabulous sunshine.
Not trying to sound corny but it really was one of the best days. Later on my sister and brother in law joined our outdoor fun and I was able to set more SunnyD out for them to enjoy too. Both kids continued to enjoy the day as much as I had enjoyed it until it was time to wash away the day's germs and dirt with our nightly baths. I am literally counting down the days until summer (six more actually) and crossing my fingers for a season of sunshine, heat and lots of laughter.
How do you have fun in the summer? Be sure to check out more fun in the sun with SunnyD at sunnyd.com. I'd love to hear how you have fun with SunnyD!