I found out about OhAmanda’s Top Ten Tuesday via my friend, Angie, at Real Life at Home. I hope Angie will forgive me for totally stealing borrowing her top ten list idea, but it sounded like such a fun list that I wanted to make one, too.
1. Play! I am a night owl at heart, though I try to curb those tendencies during the school year. I love staying up late during the summer after the house is quiet. It’s a great time to play around with my blog or just play online — I love playing online Scrabble and Free Cell.
2. Try to come up with a better schedule for the upcoming school year. We’re more routine people than schedule people, really, but last year our routine got completely out of whack. When I started working out each day, my Bible study time took a real hit and our afternoons got crazy, with me often feeling like we had to rush through the last bit of school to get done so that I could make different classes at the Y.
I don’t like that.
So, I’m trying to decide if I’m going to have to bit the bullet and just start getting up (much) earlier next year, or if I can tweak things to make our day run more smoothly even with our preferred late start time (kids up by 10:00, school started by 11:00).
3. Work on ideas for next school year. This year one of our favorite parts of homeschooling — the hands-on stuff — really fell by the wayside, mostly as a result of poor planning on my part. I’d like to spend some time this summer looking through our resources for next year and jotting down some ideas for hands-on activities we could do along the way.
4. Enjoy my hobbies. Within the last year, I’ve rediscovered my love for drawing — and discovered that I have more talent than I thought I had. I’m not saying my drawing are great or anything, just that, if I spend some time really working on them and really seeing my subject, you can at least tell what I’m trying to draw and I’m fairly pleased with the finished product.
Also, with my new camera scheduled to arrive on or before my birthday, I’m really looking forward to delving into a love of photography that I’ve had since I was a teenager. Like the drawing, I’m not great at it, but it’s something I’ve always been interested in, but haven’t made the time to pursue over the years. I think summer will be a great time to do that.
5. Reconnect with my kids. With the busyness that seemed to overtake us during the last half of our school year, I feel like I haven’t really spent much quality time with my kids lately. I want to make doing so a priority — day trips, individual dates, and family game nights are all on my list of ideas.
6. Lose 20 pounds. I’ve lost 50 so far. I’d love to get another 20 off this summer and I think that’s a fairly reasonable goal. I plan to continue working out daily, but I also hope to add some fun outdoor activities that also burn calories, such as biking and swimming.
7. Deep clean my house. I want to spend a day or two in each room of the house, doing all those things that don’t get done during the school year. Honestly, it will probably take a week in each of the kids’ rooms. *sigh* Once that’s done, I’d love to come up with a cleaning schedule that we could actually stick to during the school year to ensure that a little gets done each day and the house is staying relatively clean. Wonder if that’s a pipe dream?
8. Shop for curriculum. Our local curriculum fair is during the summer and I always look forward to it! Not only is it my chance to stock up on next year’s curriculum, but it’s also a chance for me to hang out and catch up with my homeschool mom friends. Plus, you know, there’s that whole buying books thing that homeschooling families seem to universally love.
9. Go see Eclipse. I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile. It comes out June 30. My goal was to lose 50 lbs. by the time it came out. I’ve already done that (yay!), so my new goal is 60 lbs. I think being 50-60 lbs. lighter is going to make the movie much more enjoyable. And, honestly, I’ll probably go see Eclipse a few times this summer, hopefully at least one at an IMAX theater.
10. Turn 40. *sigh* Not much choice on this one, but you know what? I was thinking I dreaded this birthday a little bit, but I’ve decided to embrace it. I’ve heard people say that “40 is the new 30” and I believe that. Add to that the fact that I’m in the best shape, physically, that I’ve been in in at least 11 years and I see no reason for me to dread turning 40. As a matter of fact, I’m actually looking forward to it. Maybe a new decade represents something of a new slate like a new year does. If so, I hope to make this my best decade yet, starting this summer!
What’s on your summer to-do list?
camera and eclipse images courtesy of google images