10 Reasons I’m Excited About Summer Break

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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.

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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?

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15 Comments

  1. I hear you on the socks! I'm grateful to live in a climate where socks really are optional, almost all year round.  Crocs for all!

  2. I hear you on the socks! I am grateful to live in a climate where socks really are optional, nearly all year round.  Crocs for all!

  3. We don't take summer break, but I love that a lot more of our schooling revolves around being outside – not that we don't go out in cold weather, but in summer we can pack it all up along with a picnic and spend the day outside with our schoolwork, experiments and microscopes!

  4. VACATION! As expats, we're into the, "So when are you headed back to {insert home country here}?" season. Having taken off December for the field trip of a life time (South Africa) we won't finish until the end of June. But the tickets are purchased, the family is waiting, and the Summer of Cool Stuff in the U S from Maine to California awaits us. 🙂

  5. I'm looking forward to summer break for many of the same reasons — socks being a big one! I'm also looking forward to just playing and relaxing, and not having to do everything according to a schedule.

  6. #8 is my only favorite thing about summer.  I'm not a fan of the weather, the bugs, the weather…BUT not having to wash socks?  I look forward to it every year!  In fact, my husband is the only one in the family not forbidden to wear them from Easter to Labor Day.  🙂

  7. I'm looking forward to catching up and planning, too!
    And I NEVER match socks. EVER.
    They all go in the owner's sock drawer. They can match them when they pull them out to wear them. =)

  8. I hear you. My husband is the only one who chooses to wear them, generally speaking, and only because work requires it.

  9. I agree with every single one of these reasons — especially the NO SOCKS!!   Your list was cracking me up, because I saw so much of myself in it.  I love late nights, but it's very hard during the school year and just not good for me.   I do my most brilliant thinking late at night!

  10. I am looking forward to summer also.  We will be starting Trail Guides POS in September and I am very excited.   Your idea of 6 weeks on 6 weeks off is very intriguing to me, but we have older high schoolers in Public School so I am not sure it would work for us. 

    We LOVE no socks.   I have so many unmatched socks.  Maybe this summer I will toss all the loner socks and start out in fall with everyone having a limited number of pairs.

  11. Oops! That was supposed to say "six weeks on/one week off" as much as my kids would enjoy what I really typed. Off to fix that typo now. 😉

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