10 Steps to an Amazing Summer.

I’m linking up with Mama Kat again to answer one of her Weekly Writer’s Workshop Prompts.

The choices this week were:

1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: listen”
2. Write a poem for your Father.
3. Share something you learned this week.
4. 10 Things you hope to accomplish this summer.
5. Describe a time you made things…awkward. I’m crazy busy this week, so I’m going with something quick and easy


I’m trying to be kind of go with the flow this summer and not completely over-schedule our summer. I want to make sure we do some fun stuff but I also want to give the kids time to linger in their own moments, you know? But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a few plans.

Some things I’m hoping to accomplish this summer include…

  1. Get our roof replaced. Super fun and exciting stuff I know – but if all else falls by the wayside, I’ll be content if this gets done. We’re  getting quotes as we speak (pretend we are speaking right now).
  2. Make swim lessons a priority. We’re well on our way here. We’ve found a pool and lessons we like. The kids are almost done with their first week of lessons. They only schedule 2 weeks at a time though so I need to make sure to sign them up for a few more sessions (but not too many because, again, I don’t want to over schedule our  summer).
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    our summer bucket list

    Read every day. I’m reading to the kids and they are reading to themselves, too. I’m not too focused on how many minutes they read or how many books – I’ve never had to pressure my kids to read so I’m not worrying too much about this. We do have some books in mind though.

  4. Get active. I’m only working weekends this summer so I’m trying to fit exercise into as many weekdays as I can. I imagine that amusement park days in our future will help to keep my step count up as well.
  5. Take the kids to a big historical city. Looks like it will be Boston this year, a favorite of mine growing up. We’re planning to get our geek on walking the Freedom Trail next month.
  6. Purge and declutter. I’d like to clear out some old toys the kids aren’t using anymore and give my office a major overhaul as well. We also keep talking about building a food pantry in our basement which would be awesome.
  7. See some great movies. We want to take the kids to see Inside Out and possibly Tomorrowland and I’m itching to see Pitch Perfect 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. We also reactivated our Netflix DVD account so we can rent some movies we’ve been wanting to see for awhile.
  8. Get crafty. The kids have been talking about making a giant paper airplane and writing their own joke book. I’d like to learn to crochet and maybe try my hand at painting.
  9. Have some old fashioned summer fun. Stay up late playing board games or watching movies (we’ve been marathoning Harry Potter this month). Play in the sprinkler. Draw on the sidewalks with chalk. Make homemade lemonade and roast marshmallows. The classics.
  10. Allow myself the freedom to leave things unfinished. Not all lists have to have an even number of items. Not every day needs to end with a clean house or a perfectly put together dinner. Not every item needs to be checked off.

What are you hoping to do this summer?


2 responses to “10 Steps to an Amazing Summer.”

  1. mamaslosinit Avatar

    Sounds like the perfect balance of play and learning!


  2. Kate Unger Avatar

    Great list. Enjoy!