It’s the summer of 1985 in my house again.

We tried it last summer…but it didn’t last very long. I blame myself. I’ll admit…I couldn’t take the whining so I waved the white flag.

But now that I am well-rested…working “normal” hours…I’m ready kiddos. So bring it.

That means hand over your electronics. All of them. The old phones of mine and Dad’s that you now use when there is Wifi.  The tablet you got from Santa. The portable game player. All of them.

Turn the TV off.

No more Netflix.

No more Youtube and those annoying tutorials on how to make the perfect slime. (I am SO over this slime movement!)

Welcome to 1985.

We’re going to run through the sprinkler.

We’re going to drink from the hose.

We’re going to get neighborhood games going of wiffle ball and kickball.

We’re going to ride our bikes in our neighborhood and all through the trails. Yes…even me.

We’re going to go to the library and pick out books for the week.

We’re going to go to the park and have a picnic.

We’re going to toast marshmallows and make S’mores.

We’re going to take a day trip to the lake and make mini sandcastles in the sand.

We’re going to run around in the backyard at night and capture lightning bugs.

We’re going to cool down with ice cream, sno-cones and Italian ice.

We’re going to roller skate in the garage.

We’re going to go to the State Fair and eat everything and anything that’s fried on a stick. (I’ll even let you play a game that lets you win a fish. But don’t get too attached to ole’ Goldie)

We’re going to build forts in the living room out of sheets and pillows and have a family sleepover.

We’re going to swim at the pool until our fingers are pruned and we can’t wait to take a nap.

I’m going to teach you how to play MASH and how to figure out a Rubik’s cube.

You’re going to have a great summer. One that you will always remember. And you won’t need any electronics to do so. Trust me…you’ll survive. I did.