Monday, June 3, 2013

The Summer List

Summer vacation is almost here, and every year I think of all the fun we're going to have until school sneaks back in. But if I'm not careful, the weeks slip away, leaving me wondering, Did we do anything I wanted to do? Or was this summer a complete waste?


Waterpark at Sarakinado on Zakynthos (Zante)
Photo by heatheronhertravels

Enter the summer list.

Before the kids get off the bus one last time, I jot down all the things I want to do while they're home. When I get stuck past the basics, I do a quick Internet search of fun things to do in my area. You'd be amazed how many blogs out there give terrific suggestions for local events.

Here is a sample of my summer list:

- Go to the beach as often as possible
- Go to a local city pool
- Batting cages with my son
- Tennis courts with my daughter
- Library summer reading program
- Frisbee golf
- See Monsters Inc. University in theatres (our theatre offers $5 tickets before noon on weekdays!)
- Go to a nearby park to dig up fossils
- Take a few of my son's baseball buddies to a Mud Hen's game
- Explore the local parks we haven't checked out yet
- Hike in forest
- Ride our bikes on local bike trail
- The zoo
- Truck back up to Michigan for The Henry Ford
- The botanical gardens
- Thrift shopping
- Art museum

The first two weeks of break are always tough. It's like speeding at ninety miles an hour then slamming on the brakes in three seconds. I've learned we do best when we keep busy the first weeks. Easing into the summer routine makes life better for everyone in our family!

Another thing I plan--plenty of ice cream and popsicles in the freezer. Summer and ice cream are conjoined twins, and I save money by buying in bulk. :)

We have a loose schedule all summer. I get up early to enjoy my coffee and write. The kids and I fend for ourselves for lunch. A few afternoons a week we check things off our list. It's good!

What are you looking forward to this summer? Do you have a list?

Have a terrific Monday!

13 comments:

  1. Your summer plans sound great! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! I know what your summer plans are too--good luck with the new house!!

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  2. I have SEVERAL lists. Does that count? I have a crafts and activities list for my blog plus a places list with my MOPS group... oh, and a list of places that I'd love to go with my husband if the stars aligned and I had money and a babysitter at the same time.

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    1. Ooo, my favorite list--the ideal dates with my hubby list! *sigh* I'm waiting for planet alignment and a pot o' gold too... :)

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  3. And if rain washes out your outdoor activities, check you local museums. Many museums offer an admission free day, afternoon, or evening.

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    1. Good point! We have a few overlooked museums around here that I've never been too. I'll add them to my list!

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  4. I'm looking forward to turning book two in and then having a carefree, beautiful weekend with friends in Minnesota later this month. YAY! Sounds like you have lots of fun stuff planned for the summer!

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    1. Aack!! Book Two!! I'm so excited for you, Melissa! Woo-hoo!!
      Minnesota is so pretty in the summer. You'll have a blast. :)

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  5. Sounds fun! My son is signed up for swimming lessons. We'll go to Kentucky at the end of the summer. Other than that, we haven't decided.

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    1. Aww, swim lessons are great! Both my kids really enjoyed them. I'd love to go to Kentucky sometime. All those rolling green hills and horse farms... :)

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  6. Okay, I want to be one of your kids. How fun are you?!?! I could hardly get past your list when I read the one about digging up fossils. That I so cool I can hardly sit still now. Where's my shovel? :) For me, I preparing for two big summer speaking events and writing my second book (due Oct. 1st). It's going to be a busy, yet INCREDIBLE summer. :)

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  7. Aw, sounds so fun. I really miss having summers off. I totally took them for granted!!

    This summer will be filled with work and travel. I just got back from visiting my grandma, and in three weeks head to Minnesota for a writing retreat with friends! Then in August I'm headed to San Diego with my hubby for a week at the beach. Then of course in Sept (after summer, but it's still hot as heck here, so...), it's to Indiana for ACFW! :)

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  8. My list looks an awful lot like yours! We have a pretty loose schedule too, and our first couple of weeks are spent catching up on the house things I let fly while we're in the homeschool trenches. Once the house is summer cleaned and the outside is weeded and planted, we're ready to tackle our list of fun!!

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