Every summer, I make a list of fun & practical things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket”.
Cook with my kids.
Guys. I did not do very well with this in August at all. The combination of my cooking blues and a teach-my-kids-to-cook goal wasn’t exactly a marriage made in heaven.
I really, really feel like I need to figure out a better way to incorporate this into my life. But maybe I should drag myself out of my cooking ennui first.
Go see (3) movies at the theater.
We knocked out number three! Despicable Me 3 hit the cheap theater, so we went to see it.
Verdict: most definitely better than the Minion Movie (which was really rather terrible), but not as good as the first and second Despicable Me movies.
Keep Sonia and Zoe supplied with books.
Make photo books.
(I’m making a book for September-December 2016, and then one for January-June 2017.)
Welll…I’m really close with the September-December book, but I obviously haven’t even started on the January-June one. Oh well.
Get Joshua and Lisey squared away for college classes.
-Register Lisey online
-Take her in for a placement test (She did great! Tested into the highest level. Yay Lisey!!)
-Have her take a CLEP test for Spanish
-Sign her up for fall classes
Got all that knocked out for Lisey! She CLEP-ed completely out of Spanish 1 and 2, so she’s into Spanish 3 (which is turning out to be rather easy for her, so I am super glad she did the CLEP test). And she’s taking a health class too.
-Register for fall classes (He took care of this 95% on his own. Woo!)
-Buy books (He took care of this pretty all on his own too, using the bargain-hunting tips I helped him with in previous semesters. Yay! I have parented a person into independence.)
Buy schoolbooks/supplies for Sonia and Zoe.
Done, except that we just realized I did not buy a health book for them. Ha. I need to order that.
Paint my kids’ bathroom.
Declutter my house.
-the under-the-steps closet
-downstairs entry area
-living room (not a lot in there, but I’ll give it a once-over)
-Sonia and Zoe’s room (they’ll just need a little help)
So, I didn’t help Sonia and Zoe, but they tackled it themselves, and I think it’s good to go. Look at my independent declutterers!
I’m happy to report that I got almost all of the clutter out of my house in one way or another. Sweet.
Make new chore lists.
Done! I gave Joshua and Lisey fewer chores, since they’re often at work or school.
And I assigned myself some chores. We’ll see if that makes me get around to things like vacuuming my poor neglected bedroom.
Make lemonade from scratch.
Do random fun things as they occur to me.
I went on lots of bike rides with Mr. FG, Sonia and Zoe did a lot of swimming (a neighborhood friend has a pool!), we had a last-minute spontaneous sleepover with a friend from Kung Fu, and last week, Sonia was like, “Hey mom! If you take us to get snow cones, you can count that for doing random fun things on your bucket list.”
We went to the snow cone place twice last month, actually!
Repaint part of Lisey’s bed.
Done! Before and afters here.
Refinish the front soffit.
Nope. I did not find myself with soffit motivation yet. But fall is a good time for this sort of outdoor project too, so there’s hope for me.
So. I didn’t cook with my kids as much as I wanted to, I didn’t paint the front soffit, and I didn’t get as many photo books done as I’d hoped.
But on the other hand, I did spend my summer time doing a lot of other things I wanted to do!
And here’s something I realized: I’ve spent the last two summers ferrying my teens to work/teaching them how to drive.
But next summer (and the next), Sonia will not be old enough for a job/driving, and Lisey will be long past getting her license. Sooo, next summer is looking to be pretty fabulous!
How did your summer go?