The end of the school year is fast approaching and I welcome a long, fun-filled summer vacation. This school year has been a difficult one for my family. We’ve all had to adjust to some major changes since I switched jobs at the end of last year. It’s been a bumpy ride these past few months but my children have handled these changes beautifully; much better than their mom.
I’ve made grandiose plans for the 2 months we have off from school and I can’t wait to get started. I’m not sure how many of these things we will be able to accomplish but we are going to give it our best shot. Here’s a list of the top 5 things I want to do with my kids this summer.
1) Read at least 20 books a piece. My kids are avid readers. Since they were born they’ve been surrounded by books. Each of their book shelves in their rooms are literally overflowing with books. This summer we plan to make repeated trips to the county library and book store to stock up on some new reading material. Hopefully, my two oldest will read at least 20 books a piece.
2) Take swimming lessons. I am 34 years old and terrified of water. I never learned how to swim and I’m too scared to try. But I don’t want my children to grow up with the same phobias. So this summer, just like last, they will take swimming lessons.
3) Enjoy a complete week at the beach. I can’t tell you how much I love the beach. That’s strange given my complete fear of water. But the beach is such a peaceful, beautiful place. Being able to see the sun rise on such a grand scale is always breath taking to me. I’m so excited to pack our things and head to shore.
4) Play tennis, or volleyball, or any kind of sport. I used to be very active. I was obsessed with exercise. At one point in my life I lived in the gym. I could bench press 90 lbs and leg press well over 540 lbs. That’s quite impressive for my 5’1” frame. I was also a cheerleader and volleyball player. But throughout the years I’ve become preoccupied with rearing children and taking long naps (not to mention eating at my favorite local fast food establishment). So exercising has definitely fallen by the way side. But this summer, I really want to find a sport I can enjoy.
5) Clear the clutter. I’m a semi-hoarder. I like to keep stuff- stuff I don’t need, stuff I will never use in my entire life. I just like to keep it. It sits in the back of my closet, or on my book shelf, or in a corner collecting dust until one of my children knock it over and I have to pick it up, dust it off and put it in the exact same spot from which it came. This isn’t good. I have collected too many unnecessary things and my house is getting crowded with junk. This summer, I plan to do a massive clean up and rid my house of the clutter. And since my children are partly responsible for this mess, they are required to help me.
What will your family do for summer vacation? Will you all relax and enjoy the break or have you made major plans?