>> Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Woo-hoo, summer holidays officially kick off today! Fidget's last day of kindergarten was Friday and Peanut's Grade 2 career ended yesterday.
YES, let the sleeping in begin! (well, it'll take a while for them to get the hang of it, but give me a few weeks and they'll be sleeping until at least 8:00 every morning! I hope.)
We don't have much lined up for the summer ~ the girls were in "early bird" swimming lessons this year, so they actually finished those on Friday, too. Our calendar is literally WIDE OPEN for the next 10 weeks!! We're HOPING The Bushman will be busy working all summer, which won't allow for any travelling, but the girls and I are definitely planning to head to The Big City in the next few weeks for a change of pace. You know, once we get bored of all the sleeping in and playing all day. ;)
Peanut, Fidget and I sat down to supper at the beginning of the month and decided to set some goals for ourselves this summer. Goals for fun stuff, for educating ourselves, and for learning responsibilities. I thought I'd list them here to hopefully keep them in mind a little better!
- Get to the local library once a week
- Bike to the school playground once a week ~ it's only a little over a mile away, so it'll be great exercise, but nothing we can't handle. (It SHOULD be easy enough to combine these first two goals ~ the library is just a few streets over from the school.)
- Spend 20 minutes a day in the garden ~ this one is more for me than anyone else, but it was actually Peanut's idea. I think she might be developing her dad's green thumb. I'll have to force myself, but if he's always gone, it's up to me to help her cultivate that a little more. (haha, no pun intended!) Who knows, maybe even I'll develop an interest!!
- Teach the girls how to do some simple chores ~ like the laundry (maybe even the folding!) and to swish 'n' shine the bathroom daily. Also to make their beds every morning and keep their room a little tidier. I think we'll implement a few FlyLady tactics, like setting the timer for just 15 minutes each day and doing a "27-fling boogie."
- Get them to take turns setting and clearing the table for supper, as well as helping me with meal prep and dishes once a week each. This will be a really tough routine for me to get into because I'll actually have to think about what all needs to get done so I can delegate and supervise properly without losing my patience!
- Weekly piano lessons for Peanut. We started in January when I started teaching my other three students, but because we had no set day and time for lessons and because I always found convenient excuses, we never got beyond the first few lessons.
- One craft, special activity, or playdate each week ~ and planning/prepwork for a few others to use on rainy days. (which means I may be seriously stocking up on craft supplies at the rate we're going!!)
- Try to head to the lake or pool one afternoon a week. I'd like to buy a few new beach toys, put them in a new Rubbermaid tote, and have them stashed in the van, where they will stay. This will HOPEFULLY prevent all the "last-minute" running around that ends up taking at least half an hour!! As soon as the swimsuits are dry after each time, I want to get into the habit of immediately putting them back into the backpacks with clean towels so all we need to do the next time we want to go, is pack a snack, grab our bags, and head out! (sounds good in theory ~ we'll see how well we put this into practice!!)
- MORE PICNICS! (With the mosquito infestation we have now as a result of all the standing water, I'm not sure how this one will go!)
And we could ALL stand to learn that if we'd just do everything right away instead of letting the job pile up, it doesn't actually take that long to do it!! I'm really bad for expecting THEM to do it that way, but have a lot of trouble practicing it myself.
Do you have any particular plans or goals this summer? (or what's left of it, for those of you who've been summer holiday-ing for a few weeks already!)