These past few days I have been doing what I do best---list making!
I am dreaming about summer and looking forward to the school year ending to soak up some sun, relax and just be!
Through it all I know I want to tackle some things around here so I have been doing some serious planning.
I am the type of person who always has something going so it is better if I make a list, it helps keep things orderly and out of my brain. I do most of my planning on my iPhone app which makes it easy to make changes and add things since I usually have it on me or nearby.
Here are 5 areas that I am planning for right now:
FUN THINGS I WANT TO DO
This includes trying new recipes, purposeful relaxing, outings, beach visits, books I want to read, fun projects I want to tackle (like making photo books for the kiddos,--when you have nine children this is not an easy feat! I have been thinking about trying Shutterfly), places I want to visit, plans for holidays, birthdays, etc. As well as blogging goals that I want to accomplish. I also make sure to plan in lots of down days to enjoy with the kiddos too!
BOOKS I WANT TO READ
This summer I am looking forward to getting some new reading in. I am super picky about what I read since I don't like wasting time on books that I don't feel that I glean much from. I am not one that feels obligated to read a book cover to cover once I start it either. I usually keep a running list in my Amazon's Wish List so when I check out I can easily add them to my cart. I am also probably going to make a summer reading list for the children too. Here is a good one for boys and for girls if you want or need some wholesome recommendations.
I might just need to do a whole separate post on this later but I love planning for the garden. I am so grateful to always have children who enjoy helping out. It has brought so many memories and they always look forward to it. This year I planned which day we will start and made a list of all the veggies we will buy. Sometimes I would have the children help me with this and even sketch out where we would plant everything. I can't wait!
(My lettuce from last year)
It seems that every summer we usually need to:
- clean out the garage
- organize the children toys and rooms
- switch to summer wardrobes
- tackle painting projects (this summer I am going to assign my oldest son to do this inside of my pantry)
I also add anything extra that needs attention too, summer is a great time to tackle these types of projects. This year we have a new 15-foot pool to install, it should be fun!
I usually try to tackle preparing for a new homeschooling at the more towards the end of summer usually in August. I take the time to:
- look through curriculum
- purchase books
- organize and prep our homeschooling areas
- buy school supplies
- plan out goals to accomplish the following year
I like list making because it helps me to achieve what might not get done in the lazy days of summer --to actually stick to my goals and get things done!
I hope this post was helpful in helping you to think about and plan out your summer!
What would you add to this summer list?
Please share them in the comments!
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