This summer I’ve learned that whether you are moving down the street or cross country, it’s not an easy feat with kids. In addition to spending a lot of our summer on cleaning, packing and unpacking, emotionally it’s not easy for a family. As we got close to the big moving day, the girls started to get nervous and anxious. They were asking a lot of questions, mainly about why they could not come back into their old bedroom and yard. I promised we’d make the new house and yard just as special.
Also, since we didn’t get to do as many day trips or vacations this summer, due to moving, I wanted to plan a fun little “staycation” in the new yard one day. I figured we could do some fun activities and have new snacks and a picnic. It would be a special day and a great way to start new memories in the new yard for the kids.
To prepare for the “Move in Picnic” I planned a craft that would be a great way to personalize the new yard. I let the girls paint and decorate their own flower pots. Then, when they dried, we planted flowers in them. Maggie and Alex helped find places around the new yard for their flower pots. They were so proud of how the flower pots turned out. We used clay pots, paint, glue and large plastic jewels.
We played hide and seek to find all the new hiding spots in the new yard and found the perfect spots for all our favorite outdoor toys.
To prepare for the snacks and special picnic lunch, I went to Walmart. Walmart is this summer’s SNACKATION destination. It was the perfect place to stock up on go-to summer snacks for the picnic as well as the ingredients for some of the special lunch ideas I had.
For a snack, we have the new Jif Whips with pretzel sticks for dipping. For lunch we enjoyed Smucker’s Strawberry Jam heart shaped sandwiches!
We really enjoyed our backyard “staycation”. It was the perfect way to kick off years of memories in our new backyard!