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Creating a summer ‘to-do’ list

Posted by on June 10, 2011 – 3:43 pm

Before summer started, I planned my kids’ first three weeks – mainly because I didn’t want camps to fill up and them to miss opportunities. But now that those three weeks are coming to an end, it’s time to think up other activities (within budget of course!).

So I’m going to suggest a summer “to-do” list, activities that we MUST do before that calendar turns to August and the first day of school.

I have a few ideas in mind (including some we’ve already done), but I’m open to ideas and suggestions!

• Participate in summer reading program: We’ll definitely do two. First, the Maricopa County Library District’s program and then Borders.
• Picnic day with friends.
• At least five visits to Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center.
• Ice skate (something I’ve wanted to do for months but haven’t).
• Take a trip “up north.”
• Visit the beach.
• Start a summer journal.
• Start a summer photo album.
• Work on cursive writing (really, it was THEIR idea).
• Participate in one vacation Bible school.
• Create our own LEGO challenge day.
• Spend one day watching kid-picked movies and eating popcorn.
• Get in a pool, any pool, somewhere, at least twice a week (thank goodness for family who have one!).
• Visit the Arizona Science Center
• Visit the Challenger Center, a place I’ve wanted to go to since it opened!
• Break out the workout videos or Wii dance game!
• See Harry Potter’s last hurrah! (OK, that’s MY bucket list. The kids won’t be going.)

My kids are also competing on a summer swim team – which replaces the need for swim lessons this summer. But had they not been pool-ready, we would have done swimming lessons as well.

Oh, and I just thought of one more: show the kids my new office. Yea, I’m doing that now. They’re being quiet and good, but I think it’s time for my weekend to begin.