Happy First Day of Summer!
Happy First Official Day of Summer! Sorry for the lapse in posting! I wrapped up the school year in my classroom and time seemed to be moving at lightening speed. We finished school on Friday and I’m looking forward to being able to devote more time to the blog! I started out the summer thinking about what I would put on my list of things I wanted to do.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am a teacher and feel very blessed to be able to enjoy summer breaks with my kids. The first day of each summer vacation is a favorite because the whole summer is stretched out with endless possibilities! Repaint the dining room, amp up my exercise routine, organize my closet, finish spring cleaning and the list goes on and on! All of the things I’ve put off during the school year, summer will be the time I get them done–until I don’t.
Then there is the “Fun List”. Long days at the beach or pool, reading several novels I’ve been saving for summer, bike rides with the family, trips to the ice cream shop, campfires with s’mores, movie at the Drive-in, museums and day trips, art projects and crafting etc.
Oh, and I also have lists for my kids (well kid-oldest is now in college). Library reading program, math practice, spelling and writing activities (Wouldn’t you love to be the kid of a teacher! :0-can’t help myself-the summer slide is real!) camps/summer activities and so on.
Don’t get me wrong, I accomplished my fair share of projects in summers past and we have plenty of fun, but for some reason I always feel disappointed in myself because I didn’t get all the things done on my list. I think the long, cold months of winter make me feel as if I have to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer and take advantage of the longer days. Anyone else feel the same way?
I have tons of ideas pinned on Pinterest for the “Ultimate Summer Bucket List” and each summer I vow to make it a perfect, fun and productive summer. It seems I always overestimate the time we have and how much we can really fit into one summer.
Trying Something New
This summer I decided to do something a little different. I want to be a little kinder to myself, more realistic with my expectations for the summer. Then hopefully, I don’t end up feeling like I’ve fallen short! Putting so much pressure on myself to get so much done, even if it is fun stuff, kind of takes some of the enjoyment out of what I consider to be the three best months of the year!
So I am creating a “Realistic Summer Bucket List”. Some of you might think-why a list at all? Having a list or goal tends to keep me more focused. A “realistic” list is a baby step for me, with my usual lists containing 20+ “summer to-do” items! We always take a family vacation in the summer, so this list is above and beyond that.
I divided my list into 4 categories and chose something to do in each one. I went back to this post for some ideas (now that is a long list!).
Realistic Summer Bucket List
More books-less technology (Preferably reading books on the beach!): I can’t wait to read this one I received for my birthday: Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
Dining Room-repaint, new curtains/rug
See a movie at the Drive-In Theater-complete with snacks and pjs!
Bake something and deliver it as a surprise for someone/group
Even typing this list out, I had to resist the urge to add to it. However, I’m determined to try to keep it simple and leave plenty of time for downtime, relaxing and maybe even gasp-spontonaety! #livinontheedge I want to throughly enjoy the few things I’ve picked and revel in a sense of accomplishment.
Honestly, I will probably do way more than what is on this list- we have already picked strawberries, frequented our favorite ice cream spots and had a camp fire with s’mores. With this shorter list, I won’t walk away from summer feeling let down that it is over before I did all the things I wanted to do. (Who am I kidding-I will always feel let down that summer is over! I love it so much!)
Do you create a summer bucket list? What are some of your “must dos” for summer! If you are like me and need to pare your list down a bit, I hope the ideas in this post help you to be a little more realistic. Perhaps a little kinder to yourself. (Even though it is not on the list-youngest will still be doing the summer reading program…but maybe I’ll drop the extra math practice! :)) We would love to hear how you make the most out of these precious summer days!