As school is drawing to a close, I thought I’d share some summer ideas we use or have used in the past to keep some sense of order.
We have a “Summer Bucket List”, just simple things like going to the zoo, and visiting the Dum-Dum factory, and taking a long bike ride on a new bike path.
Patrick and Janey BOTH need to practice school work every day-Patrick loses math facts quickly I’ve found, and Janey is bursting into reading so I need to keep that going. I’ve used Summer Bridge in the past, but this year I have so many fun workbooks around the house. I already made a visit by myself to the library to pick out books for them both, which is sometimes easier for me-I can concentrate and give them new ideas. (As in less sports biographies, which are fine, but maybe some inventors, etc.)
A few morning summer camps thrown into all that-maybe I’ll regret or not, I always just try to guess that year if those activities will be beneficial for summer boredom, or more than they are worth in driving, and sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don’t.
We also are doing a very simple job list-like water outdoor plants for Patrick, and straighten up garage for Janey.
Andrew is taking a hard class at school, and unfortunately hasn’t found a lifeguard job as he’s not sixteen yet, but has his certificate all ready to go. He is going to do a bunch of painting jobs for me outside. Matt is busy working landscaping all day, and the older two are working in other cities, as they’ve flown the nest. Lots of home visits planned for them which is always the best. We also have a Beilein family reunion planned which is something we all so look forward to and Jeff and I will plan a vacation for ourselves at the end of summer, which I will need by then for sure.
My summer goal? A book a week. And a daily walk, and a new routine of journal writing morning and evening. I just attended the greatest little three hour retreat and it was so good for me. The theme was Reflect, Renew, Reignite. Why is it so difficult to me to remember to keep focused on my life goals, and to do that by daily reflection and inspiration to lead me to that direction? My mother does it every day of her life. What the heck? It’s more than buying a cute notebook which I must admit is one of the highlights of my week. I found some at the grocery store (darn school supply section gets me every time) and bought every pattern because I couldn’t choose one, so now I better be consistent and fill those suckers up.
I wish I could go back in time, because what a difference this daily journaling and reflection and gratitude list would make in every facet of my life. No matter how busy you think you are, you must remind yourself every day who you want to be and how you want to spend your time. It’s so important! Take my advice and there is nothing that will make your life fuller, better, in every way than this habit and I really want to finally be consistent with it.
The retreat leader had mounds of all these little books-she filled them with quotes, Bible verses and then had some where she, every night, would reflect back on her day and look at the interactions she had. She’d write them down briefly-a brief list summary of the day-and then would put a smiley face or frowny face next to each one, depending on what brought her closer to God, or farther away. She said then she could she patterns of what she felt she needed to work on-whether it was snappiness, or too much worry, or whatever she was struggling with in that time of her life. BUT she also celebrated all the things she did holy and “right”.
Anyways, three more days of school and we are FREE! No more packing lunches! (I know we moms all feel the same-what is it about packing lunches???)