Jun 19, 2012

Summer Activity List Check off

I began the summer all excited to spend time with my kids.  I was looking forward to not following a schedule or needing to be somewhere at a specific time.  I loved the thought of not waking up at 4:30 or having paper work to complete.

Last week I began to get down on myself a little, because, well to put it honestly, things were just not going as I imagined.  For some crazy unexplainable reason I thought I would be able to do all of these fun things with my kids, have a little me time, take naps here and there, and maintain the cleanliness of my home. 

Ok, ok, you all can stop laughing at me now . . . I know I'm nuts.  I tend to bite off more than I can chew, frequently!  I think I do this for a few reasons.  First of all, during the school year I often feel as if I have to put my family on the side burner, in order to maintain things in my classroom.  Second of all, I feel as if I have to justify being home so I need to do some kind of 'work'.

Well this week I decided to throw caution to the wind and say the heck with what I'm 'supposed' to be doing.  I'm going to do what my kids and I want to do!  We have done some of the things on the list, but not as much as I thought we would have done by now (beginning week 4 of summer break).  I mean we did create this list of tasks to accomplish throughout the summer.  It was created so that I would hold myself accountable for accomplishing tasks and to provide my kids with some kind of fun over the summer.

So here we go with items to check off of our Summer Activity List:

Item #30:  Dance to the Radio

I really wish I would have had my phone or the video camera within reach for this one.  It was too funny watching G shake his booty to Radio Disney as he danced in front of the fan.

It's these spur of the moment unplanned events that are often the most enjoyable.  He is so random and ALWAYS performing!  There are often time when we are trying to 'calm' his inner diva.  Today he had the perfect opportunity to shine.

Item # 10 Play in the pool in the yard

Ok so B and G may have dragged out like every toy from the garage to play in the pool, but whateva.  They had fun.  B thought he was pretty cool when he figured out how to scoop up water into the noodle and the squirt it out by blowing on the other end.  He's my thinker.  He's always trying to invent new things.

He also used his new found trick to cool himself off.

Like a good brother he taught his little brother how to squirt the water, too.

They made a new discovery today.  Not only does water make the color of sidewalk chalk darker, but it makes it the puddles of water colorful! 

How cool is that? They were simply playing and having a discussion and came to a conclusion about what water can do. Wow, wonder what science standards that meets?! (Sorry for the teacher sarcasm there. I just couldn't resist!)

                                                   *Added bonus = Mommy got some sun too!

I'm looking forward to some more check offs tomorrow!


  1. How cute- and What a beautiful family you have :) Thanks for coming by and welcoming me from my SitsGirl feature. I'm glad you found the vlog's useful they're every Wednesday and you are always welcome :)

    1. Thank you!
      You're welcome! I was glad to learn so much :)I will totally check them out again!

  2. Pssh, don't beat yourself up - especially with the clean house! A messy house is where it's at because that means the kids (and hopefully you) are having fun :) Keep enjoying summer and you'll get things checked off your list in no time!

    1. I know I shouldn't, but I just do . . .
      I have training for Artful learning for school next week and my mom is coming to stay with the kids. I think part of me is thinking I need things to be nice for when my mom comes.
      I am going to keep enjoying summer! That's where the fun is :)

  3. It is 100% totally the unplanned, spontaneous events that end up the most fun. Love those pics - so cute!

  4. You should have a more Phineas and Ferb outlook on summer :). Things are more fun unplanned. You do enough planning in school already.

    1. ooooh Phineas and Ferb, B LOVES them :) Good idea!
      Yeah, planning and I well we're kinda buddies . . . I just can't get away from it! You're right I do enough of it during the school year.

  5. It looks like they had a lot of fun, which is what it's all about anyway.

    1. We did have fun!
      Yes, that's what it's all about!

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