Yesterday we woke up to a rainy grey appointment free first day of summer vacation. Perfect. It gave us the day to play with our list making and plans. One of the teachers had asked me on the last day of school if I was ready for summer.
My response? No. I went on to say that usually I have charts, lists and plans and this year I hadn't done that yet. NOW I feel ready. I needed yesterday for that.
While I've done my own summer manifesto and album in previous years - the kids have not done their own. That they are doing their own this year was spurred on by my meeting with Mark's teacher and speech teacher and the suggestion that he does some writing and journaling this summer. It was suggested that he could write as little as one sentence about what he did that day accompanied by a drawing or photo.
I kept all four albums the same - cutting chipboard into 5 x 7 pieces and letting them decorate their own covers while keeping my mouth shut.
And I did mine. When making my list of hopes for the summer - I try to keep out the obvious, like the ballooning, kayaking, garage saling and trip to see my mom. I try instead to include things that might not get done if the list wasn't there to motivate me.
You might read my list and think - really? The beach isn't a given?
It's not. Now that the boys have had swimming lessons and I have it on the list - I'm hoping I'll be more game to bring them. It's normally a dad thing and I stay home with my mom nerves. True story.
And the date with dad? Yeah - that doesn't happen often either. He came home with his travel schedule for the summer yesterday. It's going to be tricky to get that one checked off the list. We did rsvp to one of his coworkers weddings though, so if he happens to be in town for that, that'll count. We take what we can get.
I won't do such elaborate journaling pages every day. In fact, some days I won't do any, but the mood suited me last night.
The kids covers from left to right - Mark (the tree represents the tree in our backyard and the flag is for capture the flag, etc), Brian (he wrote on his also, but it's hard to see in the photo. It says summer manifesto. The 9 represents his age) and Wendy's.
Wendy's off to a rocky start. She woke up this morning feeling crunky and we ended up canceling her dentist appointment. Now we'll have to squeeze it in before volleyball camp next week. We've switched two appointments so far this summer. Go us!
Wendy's list has things like camping, putt-putt, go kayaking and pack a picnic, have breakfast for dinner, zoo, as many 5k's as possible and have the kid's plan dinner one night.
I like her list
With the kid's lists, I had them make them completely independant of each other so that their ideas would be unique to them rather than oh yeah's, I want to do that too, copies.
- go camping
- go fishing
- see a museum but not The Henry Ford (been there, done that)
- rock climbing
- go swimming underwater
- plant flowers (he got some from school that need to go in the ground)
- build a fort
- Mackinaw Island
- water park
- have a miniature party
- Get an I Survive book
- I want to go to Uncle George's
- I want to try climbing to the 2nd (2ind) branch in the tree
- I want to try a swirl cone dipped in chocolate chips
- I want to go to LegoLand
- I want to make a board game
- I want to go to Mackinaw Island for four nights
- I want to have a lemonade stand
- I want to have a Hawaiin Party
- I want dad to read Gone With the Wind to us. (Brian: Gone With the Wind? What the heck is that? Mark: It's a book about the Civil War)
Should be a busy fun-filled summer!
Here we go!