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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer Vacation

And so it begins . . .

Summer vacation is here.  No more getting up to get ready for school bright and early in the morning.  No more homework.  No more Spelling City.  No more daily routine we've had for the past nine months.  You might think that would lead to more relaxation, more freedom, and more rest.  You might think that, but I'm not sure it is going to be true.  I sat down this week to make our summer schedule.  It is CRAZY!!!  For the month of June, there was one day on the calendar with nothing on it.  Now, granted some of those activities are vacations, time with grandparents, and other fun stuff.  STILL--CRAZY!!!

The CRAZINESS started today with picking them up after school ended at noon and heading straight to the Kick Off Party for the Summer Reading Program and the Hays Public Library.  That may be the activity I'm most excited about for the summer.  They have all kinds of fun things planned--too bad we won't make it to everything we want.  Once a week will be enough for us when we're around.  I'm just excited our daughter will get to participate in a special program just for the In-Be-Tweens.  Check it out at  What could be better for my readers than fishing for books?!?  They had a great time today.  Our daughter brought home the gold seal award, a rally towel, and bookmark from the KU Reading Program.  She also won the award for the most AR points in her class--she had 305.6  points this year.  Our son has really started reading and only wants to read chapter books right now.  It was hard for me to watch him get ready for our garage sale and get rid of his "baby" books.  I'm so proud of their reading skills.  They've both had an excellent year.  Let's keep it up!!
Red Ninjago Ninja

Fortunately, the swimming pool doesn't open until Memorial Day--after our garage sale.  That also plans to be a big part of our summer and we're ALL excited--especially since I have a water chair and can get in the water too.  :)  Much to the kids chagrin, I have also worked up a schedule of chores, cooking lunches, and keeping their rooms clean.  They are not a bit excited about that and how it could negatively impact their pool time or time with electronics.

What do you have planned for your summer?  How do you keep a balance between fun and responsibility?  I'm planning to use the summer fun calendar out of Thriving Family Magazine.  We already plan to spend time enjoying the Summer Olympics and the kiddos plan to do their very own Clubhouse Olympic Challenge.  Hopefully we'll keep a good balance and keep everyones physical, mental, and spiritual fitness in shape this summer.  Any great ideas out there on how to do that?

Our summer also includes some exciting adventures, including a birthday.  Keep checking back with my blog to see what all we get to do this summer.

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1 comment:

  1. I think our son must be excited for 2nd grade. He is already trying to get school supplies ready and his backpack packed for next year.