So, this year we made some plans. Many, in fact. I don't know what got into me but my BFF would tell you about our many past conversations of being in seasons of being joiners or non-joiners and then she'd look at me and go, "And aren't you the little joiner this summer?" Then we'd laugh.
We aren't out of school until June 17th but I'm getting us ready now because it keeps me sane to be prepared in advance. I watercolored three huge monthly calendars (and next summer I will do my best to make them available for you in my shop- I had lots of requests on Instagram when I shared but to be honest, there are just not enough hours in the day.) I slathered them with plans and fun and plans for fun and hung them on the door that opens from the laundry room into the kitchen/hallway. We have done this almost every summer that we've lived here and it makes it so fun to see the summer-in-a-glance.
celebratory event and I'm not sure which one I'm looking forward to more- the 40th birthday party for one of my oldest and dearest friends on this planet... or the overnight without kids. Toss up. Ha! There will also be a family reunion where we'll be caravaning over to Idaho with family, staying in a hotel with a pool, and squeezing in a day at Silverwood. I hear it's loads of fun. There will be a couple of weeks of swim lessons because one of my hoodlums still can't stay afloat. And it scares me. (And thankfully I paid for that before the Great Car crisis of 2014. Yeah!) There will be weekly Friday fun days, already planned out in advance and emailed out to friends and friends of friends. There will be monthly book club meetings for me- let's just call that free mommy escape time.
And finally... there will be weekly accountability meetings on Monday nights with my buddies as we read through "A Heart like His" by Beth Moore- no homework required, just a read on your own as a daily devotional, journal your thoughts then come, sip something refreshing, and discuss them. We're also hoping to get the entire 23rd Psalm memorized this summer along with this. Lovely.
I'll be working part time this summer at my new job, and I'm crossing my fingers that it all goes well my frist time juggling kiddos and mama's new work schedule. Which leads me to the madness behind this post- Basically it's my way of getting my ducks in a row nice and early.
In the mean time, I've got a general schedule up (for the benefit of my Aspie kid who needs structure and order) and ready to go because that's the stage of life we're in. And I've got a chores for hire DIY project here to share in case you need ways to motivate your small people like I do. They like to be lazy during the summer... but they also want money for soda. Well, there's a life lesson somewhere in there I'd say.
Chores for Hire, DIY:
What you will need:
A thin piece of craft balsa wood (I cut mine to size with a pair of scissors, it was that thin). I think mine was $2.99 at JoAnn's + a 40% off coupon.
A package of magnets (also used a coupon)
A hot glue gun
Small clothespins (I had mine already but you can get them at JoAnn's or Michael's.)
Printed cards (I typed mine out on the computer, printed, then cut.) with chores you want done, and tickets or dollar bills.
(you can purchase yours here) and our summer daily schedule.
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