Every summer, I make a list of fun & practical things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket”.
Cook with my kids.
A big ol’ fail here! I did this zero times.
Must rectify that…
Go see (3?) movies at the theater.
1/3! I noticed that Cars 3 had hit the cheap theaters, so Mr. FG, Sonia, Zoe, and I went to see it yesterday.
Based on how quickly it hit the second-run theater, I thought it might be pretty disappointing, but we liked it and definitely thought it was better than Cars 2.
And I thought the Pixar short at the beginning was great.
Keep Sonia and Zoe supplied with books.
I’m doing just ducky with this goal, and they are doing just ducky with getting the books read.
Make photo books.
Nothing done here yet. At all.
(I’d like to make one for September-December 2016, and then one for January-June 2017.)
Get Joshua and Lisey squared away for college classes.
I’m gonna break this down into multiple steps so I can cross things off a bit at a time.
-Register Lisey online
-Take her in for a placement test
-Have her take a CLEP test for Spanish
-Sign her up for fall classes
Joshua’s already registered, so his list is shorter.
-Register for fall classes
Buy schoolbooks/supplies for Sonia and Zoe.
I bought all of their books; now I just have to wait for a good sale on spiral notebooks. It seems like those usually start happening late July/early August.
Paint my kids’ bathroom.
Nothing done here yet!
Declutter my house.
I am actually making pretty good progress here and I’m also doing well at getting the decluttered stuff OUT of the house. Woo!
-laundry room (THE WORST.)
-the under-the-steps closet (second worst thing)
-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)
Joshua and Lisey can handle their rooms on their own…the only thing I’ll do there is to go through the toys/games that are stored in Joshua’s big closet. Lisey’s closet has a bit of communal storage in it too, and I plan to look through that.
Make new chore lists.
Nothing done here.
Make lemonade from scratch.
Yes! I bought a bunch of lemons from Aldi, and Sonia, Zoe, and their friend made a big pitcher of strawberry lemonade, using a recipe from a Cook’s Country magazine.
Do random fun things as they occur to me.
I took Sonia and Zoe out to get ice cream at Chick-Fil-A with our June cow calendar cards.
And I also took them out to use their July free milkshake coupon, with a stop at the craft store beforehand.
Also, Lisey and I realized recently that neither of us had ever eaten a Cinnabon. So the other day when I picked her up from work, we went to Cinnabon. The verdict? Lisey loved hers, but I felt like mine was a little too doughy in the middle.
Based on this little list, it would appear that my repertoire of fun things consists of: going out to eat sugary foods. Ha.
I’m adding a thing to my bucket list too:
Repaint part of Lisey’s bed.
I painted this craig’s list bed back in 2012 (it was Zoe’s then!), and five years later, two parts of it need a little refreshing (the headboard and side rail). So, I want to scuff them up, prime them, and repaint them.
Ok! It’ll be several weeks before I do an update next time, so hopefully I’ll have some more things to cross off.