We have no plans, and I couldn't be happier about that! I want to plant some flowers and vegetables, be outside, and have some fun family time with Matt and the kids. The last 5 weeks of school are always so busy, so I want to take this weekend to relax before the crazy begins.
I am so grateful for those who sacrificed their lives for our country. We are free because of the brave, and as we have barbecues this weekend and enjoy a day off, let us not forget the real meaning of the weekend.
ONE - Summer Goals
I love to make summer goals. I usually have so many that I'll never be able to do them all, but it's still good to have them. This year I'm working on really prioritizing and making achievable goals for myself.
We still have 5 more weeks of school (!!!), but I decided that my personal summer goals will start this weekend. Memorial Day - Labor Day is summer in my book!
I love to make a "Summer Fun List" with the kids as well. Love to hear the goals they have for their summer. We'll start working on their list in the next few weeks.
TWO - Sweet Sisters
These three girls love each other so much right now. They are each other's biggest fans. I hope it always stays that way and that when they grow up, they continue to be great friends.
THREE - Lily
Lily is such a little spit-fire. She is so funny and silly. The other day she was calling me into the den, and when I walked in, I saw this:
She fit into a small, reusable shopping bag.
She was quite proud of herself and I just couldn't stop laughing. Who even thinks to put themselves into a shopping bag, let alone fits?She is such a funny kid.
FOUR - Gardening
I am a terrible gardener. I really am. I would love to have a vegetable garden and beautiful flowers. I'm terrible at keeping up with watering everything. I get so overwhelmed picking out flowers to plant, keeping up with the weeds and the garden - it's so silly and such a simple thing. I don't know why it has been such a problem in the past.
But, this year I am determined for it to be different! This weekend we plan to do some planting. I feel bad because the other day Maddie said that she's a terrible "planter" because everything she plants dies. I felt terrible because it's totally not her fault - it's mine for not following through and keeping up with watering and taking care of the plants.
She's so excited to grow some vegetables and our yard needs some colorful flowers. We're going to make it a family effort this year. I think it will be a great experience for all of us.
This girl is ready!
One of my biggest goals this summer to not to over-schedule. The past few summers the kids were involved in so many weekly camps and activities and I felt like we had a crazy schedule and all I did was drive around. For the past 4 summers, I either had a newborn or a non-walking child. It was hard to go to places like splash parks and playgrounds because the newborn couldn't be in the sun and the non-walker didn't want to be stroller-bound, and couldn't crawl around in wood chips or on concrete. So, to keep the other kids busy and happy, we signed up for a lot of different classes and activities so they would have things to do. They loved it, but it left me feeling too scheduled and busy.
This summer we can do so much more, which means I want to be so much less involved in activities and free to just go out and have fun. I have stuck to my word and said no to so many camps and activities. Friends keep asking us to join this with them and join that with them. I almost caved a few times, but I'm sticking to my word. They will have swimming lessons and go to VBS. Other than that, I want to enjoy the pool, playdates, playground, splash parks, the beach - whatever we feel like doing.
It's going to be great!