I am so excited about our upcoming summer break! I always am, but this year it’s not because I’m burned out…and that’s an exciting statement because I wasn’t able to say that the last two years.
We are loving Trail Guide to Learning. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that we started on it in January, so we haven’t had time to experience the normal burn out or if it’s the plain and simple fact that it’s such a good fit. Either way, I’ll take it.
In spite of the “no burn out” thing, though, I’m still excited about summer break. Want to know why?
1. Time to catch up. I’m feeling perpetually behind lately. Whether it’s laundry or blogging or other commitments, I feel like I’m always scrambling to keep my head above water. While this all may be a sign that I’m seriously over-committed, I’m hoping that a more open summer schedule will allow me some time to catch up.
2. Time to plan. I’m sincerely hoping that a more open schedule will also allow me some time to do some planning and organizing so that once I get caught up (see me being optimistic), I can get a schedule in place to stay ahead of the game once school resumes.
3. Time to play with my kids. During the school year, we often fall into that trap of doing school, then, everybody going off to do their own thing. I’m looking forward to spending more time just enjoying my kids and reconnecting.
4. Time to workout. I’ve still been working out regularly, but it’s been minimal. Last summer, I was able to take off 15 pounds. I’d love to bump up my strength-training workouts and get rid of my last 5-7 pounds in order to reach my goal weight this summer.
5. Sleeping in. Yeah, I know we don’t really get up early in the first place, but I love not having to wake up to an alarm. These days, I don’t sleep crazy-late (at least not my version of crazy-late) like I used to, but an extra hour or so sure sounds nice.
6. Late nights. I’m a night owl at heart, though I don’t seem to be able to stay up as late as I used to. I’m looking forward to staying up a bit later while we’re on break.
7. The weather. Okay, so I really prefer spring and fall when it’s just warm and not miserably hot, but I’ll take hot over cold any day (except where running is concerned). I just love not having to bundle up to go outside. I love when I take the dogs out at night and it’s still warm. I love summer.
8. No socks in the dryer. Come on, moms. Tell me I’m not the only one who hates matching socks. They’re the worst part of doing the laundry. Of course, this is an all-summer thing, not just summer break, but it’s worth mentioning.
9. Fun learning. I’m hoping to enjoy some of the read-alouds that we missed by starting Trail Guide with Paths of Settlement instead of Paths of Exploration. I’m looking forward to reading some book about Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark (particularly this one that I remember with fondness from when Brianna and I studied Lewis and Clark).
I also want to put together for the kids this science box, which is about the coolest-looking thing I have ever seen.
10. Birthdays. Brianna, Brian, and I all have birthdays during our summer break. I don’t care how old I get, I still get excited about birthdays.
Our summer break is going to be shorter than usual this year, as we’ll be transitioning to a year ‘round schedule. We’re taking off that last week of May through the first week of July. Then, we’re going to be on a six weeks on/one week off schedule through the year. I’m excited about our plans!
What are you looking forward to about summer break?
This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.