Summer Break begins today at 1 p.m. for us! I already prepped my big kids that we’re going to the grocery after I pick them up from school. It’s long overdue and I am hosting a lunch on Friday and a birthday party on Saturday. Plus, well, these kids have to eat.
I’m eager to embrace our new rhythm – which we’ll have to figure out because I’ve never had a summer with a girl in double digits, her toddler sister, and the brother in between.
Summer is familiar in so many ways, but
each year offers a fresh take on an old favorite.
At least, summer is my favorite.
I’m looking forward to a slower summer than last year, if I get my way. We’re not moving or traveling far this time around. We have some weekend trips planned, and we want to save plenty of white space on the calendar to be in and around our new pool. We want to be with friends and share meals my husband grills on our new deck that is almost finished. We want to be at the lake when we aren’t in our pool.
I’ve got a Kindle full of books awaiting me. I have scrapbook projects and house projects and writing projects on my mental to-do list. My oldest is waiting for the next four installments in the Little House in the Prairie to arrive in the mail. My son has Lego goals and will require many showers for all the time he’ll spend outside. They’ve each got a couple day camps on the calendar. We’re all hoping Greg comes home early from work some afternoons to swim with us. And Rachel would like to keep up with us all and not miss a thing.
I don’t want to miss a thing, either, because this is my favorite time with my favorite people.
When does your summer start and how are you hoping to spend it?
Of course, chores and to-do lists are part of life, but I also compiled a Summer Not-To-Do List in the past that has helped me enjoy the adventures mixed with the responsibilities. If you need these reminders like I do, you can download your own copy of this Summer Not-To-Do List.
Susan Shipe says
Will you be my mother? You are fun. I am so looking forward to following you and the kiddos around this summer by way of words and pictures. (((xo)))
My kids don’t think I’m fun making them go to the grocery right after I pick them up from school today, but I’ve got to have some real-life teaching moments with the fun. 🙂 xo
Michele Morin says
I’ve got a few more hoops to jump through before I can declare that summer has arrived here, but . . . I’m really looking forward to it. That list of Don’t’s is priceless and I need to remember ALL of them!
I need to remember THEM ALL too. 🙂 Glad you’re here, Michele!
Ginger Harrington says
Love your Not-to-Do list! Printing it out and posting it at my desk! Sharing on my FB page too:)
Thanks for sharing it! I’m glad you could be encouraged, Ginger!
Janis Van Keuren says
What a great idea! A Not-to-Do List for Summer. Sounds like you’ve set fun goals for this season and that your children even have some goals to keep them busy, not bored.
Small goals. 🙂 Oh they know I don’t like the word “bored,” and that I can always find something (ahem, a chore …) for them to do! Glad you’re here, Janis!
Sue Donaldson says
a great list – pinned!
Thanks for pinning it, Sue!
Patricia Krank says
This week feels like summer here in the upstate of SC so I am declaring it summer! I still have a few more gardening projects to do which I usually like to have done by now but I will soon be sipping tea on the porch more than I will be working.
God bless and have a beautiful first week with the kiddos.
I love South Carolina, although I’ve been in the southern part of the state more. We really like to vacation at Hilton Head Island. Thanks for being here, Patricia!
Kristin, I love your summer “not do” list! I need to take a break from so much social media and concentrate on getting rid of clutter in my home. And taking time for rest and relaxation, too!
Blessings to you!
Decluttering always makes me feel so much better about every area of life! Thanks for being here, Gayl!
Tiffany Parry says
Summer starts in 20 or so days for us and I am SO ready!! It’s 100% my favorite time of year and much like you, I’m ready to enjoy some slower days, sweet tea, and lots of time with my peeps. Love you, friend. One of these summers … well, you know!
Hooray for summer! It’s coming soon for you, friend! xo
I’m actually looking forward to summer this year! The last few summers have been a little filled with fear because of being at home with all five kids ALL DAY. The twins were still so little that I wasn’t sure what to do with myself or them! I couldn’t take them all outside because the twins were either too small to play or would run in opposite directions. They are finally at an age where they understand “stay in the backyard” and will do so for short periods of time. I’m quite excited for our time together instead of wishing school could go on a bit longer.
I understand that! I’m glad you’re excited about this summer and hope y’all have a great time together and all run in the same direction!
Beth Stiff says
Happy Summer, beautiful friend! <3
Thank you! Miss you! xo