Since we are homeschooling now, we didn't take a traditional summer vacation. We are taking an extended vacation in November, so we did enough schooling over the summer to be able to take as much time off as we want in November without running behind. We do still plan on doing some school work, but only a day or two a week while we are on vacation.
We took it pretty easy this summer with school work, though. We did full days, but typically only 2 or 3 each week. There were 2 or 3 weeks where we did 4 days. We just did whatever we had time for, while still giving Elliott ample opportunity to spend time with his friends. It worked out well for us, too. We ended up with at least 20 sleep overs at our house, and half a dozen at his friends' houses. He also got to go camping with his friend's family. In addition to all the sleepovers, there were countless hours spent playing with friends at home, at our new land (referred to as the big lawn by Elliott and all his friends for some reason), at the park, or at friends' houses.
His friends go back to school next week, though. Elliott is sad, but excited at the same time. Soccer season just started and two of his besties are playing on his team, so he will still see them at least twice a week. He's also already made arrangements for a sleepover next weekend. This weekend one of his friends is having a sleepover in a tent in his backyard and inviting Elliott and 2 or 3 other boys. They are all looking forward to it as their last big sleepover of the summer.
Talking to his friends, most of them are kind of excited about going back to school, but also sad. Two of them have repeatedly said they want Elliott to go back to public school because they don't know what they will do without him. Haha. Elliott keeps saying he will miss his friends, too, but he is loving homeschool. Even on days that we struggle with a part of homeschool, we are both still happy with the choice overall. Even though we have only done homeschool 20 something days, he's already learned an incredible amount of stuff!