The princesses get out of school tomorrow.image

We are all anxiously counting down the hours and minutes until they are officially “free” for summer.

Ironically, this week has been the easiest in MONTHS in terms of before-school routine.  Little Bit even woke up on her own this morning. Did the planets all align correctly and no one told me? I tried not to make too big of a deal out of it, just in case she decides she likes doing that and plans a repeat performance.

Now, I don’t know about your kids, but with mine, the whole “school’s out for summer” novelty will wear off in, oh, about 13.25 days. Maybe less.  And that leaves a WHOLE LOT of summer still to come… a whole lot of days to fill.  And you know what phrase I’ll be hearing all-too-quickly?

Mom, I’m BORED!

*run! run for your lives! the BORED monster is here!*

Well, this year, I’m trying to be a little bit more prepared than I have been in years past.  I am a work-at-home mom. I have a “real” job in addition to being a mommy, blogger, wife, scrapbooker, friend, well, you get the picture. So, in order to be able to be productive at work (and remain gainfully employed) and still spend some time with my kids (and keep them entertained and happy) I have been contemplating some survival techniques.

Here are the things I’m considering. Would love your suggestions if you have done this yourself before!

  • Babysitter” twice a week – I have two teenaged girls who are coming by on Tues/Thurs (one each day) to hang out with the girls, do some crafty projects and maybe take them to the park or on some “adventures.” They’ll stay four or five hours, feed them lunch and give them some much-needed attention and direction.  Why am I doing this? Well, Tues/Thurs are my busy days at work. I have back-to-back conference calls, etc. and the kids would just be nutso by the end of the day (and me as well) if they didn’t have someone to hang out with.
  • Daily (or almost daily) trips to the pool – I have been working an early-morning schedule while the kids were in school and am hoping to continue to structure my day similarly this summer. Starting early will mean (hopefully) I can quit early and take the girls down to the neighborhood pool for some much needed fresh air and exercise. They always sleep so well in the summer after their nightly swim.
  • Daily exercise on the days we don’t swim (or maybe those days, too) we’ll do some other type of exercise TOGETHER. Walking, swimming, biking, hiking, or maybe dancing around the house like crazy fools while we listen to some music. This will give me a chance to get my exercise in and still spend time with the girls.image
  • CHORES – Big Girl is already dreading this one. Ha ha ha.  I have decided that this is the summer to get serious about a chore schedule for the girls. This past school year, we implemented a few chores and have rewarded the girls with an allowance if they do their chores.  I am going to kick it up a notch this summer with a few more chores and implement a daily schedule. Do the chores first thing in the morning, play the rest of the day. That’s the plan. I’m contemplating a chore chart or chore jar, but haven’t decided yet how I”m going to implement this. Do I give them a choice of what to do each day or tell them what to do each day?
  • Crafty Fun – I am going to dedicate some time each week to some type of crafty project. With SuperMan’s work schedule, I have a longer day to fill for the girls without backup or distractions from Daddy.  So, I’m thinking we’ll do some craft in the hottest part of the day. Hoping the teenage people will be able to assist with this as well, but I want to be a part of some of the crafts.  I get a lot of ideas from the Family Fun website.
  • Summer Scrapbook part of the reason I moved my scrap stuff to the basement was to have all three of our scrap/craft spaces in one room. I am planning to partake in Big Picture Scrapbooking’s class Kidding Around which is all about scrapbooking with your kids. I’m looking forward to doing that class together with the girls. Should be fun.

Whew!

Looking at this list makes me tired! 

When am I going to do all this and still work, clean house, do the laundry, cook the food, do the shopping, save the universe from destruction, and paint my toenails?image

I have no idea.

But that is the plan, anyway.

Wish me luck!

 

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4 thoughts on “What are your plans for summer?

  1. Oh, yeah! I forgot to put that in there. They sign up for the Summer Reading program at the local library and they commit to reading “x” number of books for the summer. If they do (and they have to log them on the library website) then they get a special award at the beginning of the school year.

  2. Yes, good luck! Your list is similar to my mental list, and I get tired just thinking about it. Plus, I’ve got boys and they need much more exercise than I have the energy and stamina to give them. I wanted to have a planned routine – morning pool, evening bike ride, once a week “field trip” – I’ve even gone so far as to think about weekly art/book/cooking/geography themes just to keep some forward momentum. Some idea of daily activities in advance so I can get my work done and they don’t spend all day on video games!

  3. Theme weeks are a good idea! I may suggest that to the teenagers and let them come up with something creative to do. We are also planning weekly library trips and I’m sure we’ll find some other “field trips” as you call them – I’m hoping for a trip to the aquarium and local dairy if I can swing it.

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