I know it’s a little ways off but it’s coming. Here in Austin we have the already 90 degree days to remind us of the fact and of course the school calendar tells us too. So it’s time to start pondering what will our family’s summer will look like.

Perhaps you’ve already signed up for camps. Or created some of your own. Perhaps you’ve purchased plane tickets or blocked off a couple of weeks for a family vacation.

Or maybe not.

Either way, it’s coming. And it will stretch out before us all whether we are working or not, camps or not, vacations or not.

So what will you do with it? What will you do with the longer daylight and the later bedtimes and the hot evenings that long for something to do? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to see? What books are on your reading list? How will you make it so you don’t get to the end and go, “oh shoot, we should have done/seen/gone…” or so that you don’t get to the middle and say, “Wait, what was that thing we wanted to do?”

A couple of years ago, my Future Craft Collective partner-in-making Kathie Sever and I created a thing we call the Family Summer Intentions and Inspirations Banner  for Craftzine. It’s pretty straightforward and offers a way of figuring out as a family what you want to read, where you want to go, who you want to see, what you want to do, and when you can fit it all in. You can make it once and use it year after year or you can make one each year, using a simpler layout. Ours is sewn but you can even tape and/or staple it all together if that’s more your style. The how of making it doesn’t matter. It’s the what that is the point of it all!

So take a look. Then call a family meeting and figure out your family’s summer plans