Monday, September 3, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up

Hey, y'all!  Hope you're enjoying the holiday. I'd love to be resting up from our fun weekend, but I have a super cluttered house, piles of laundry, grad school work due, a kid who won't nap, dinner that needs to be cooked, clothes that need to be gathered for the week, a sticky kitchen floor, and lots of other random stuff.  No time for chillin'. 

Luckily today's post was already written for the most part (yep, it's the one I forgot to post last week).  Summer ended three weeks ago for us, and I like looking back to see what all we've done.  This list (taken from this page on my blog) was done at the beginning of the summer to give us some fun things to work toward.  We did a lot of the stuff, but there are still plenty of things left to move to our spring To Do list.  (Yes spring, not fall.  Didn't I tell you fall would be crazy?)

  1. Go the zoo.  Check.
  2. Blow bubbles.  Check.
  3. Bake cookies. We watched M's sugar intake a little closer this summer, so my dreams of baking every other day were kinda unrealistic.   
  4. Bake cupcakes. See #3.  And we didn't even go get cupcakes from the bakery.  A first for us!
  5. Build a sandcastle.  Somewhat attempted on our recent beach trip.
  6. Go on a nature walk. We didn't exactly do one at home like we did last summer, but we did go on a Tyke Hike.  See #14.
  7. Draw on the sidewalk.  Check.
  8. Go to a play/show.  The picture at the top of this post is a never-posted pic from one of the free shows we attend at the library this summer. We also saw SuperWhy! Live.
  9. Go out for ice cream.  M went a couple of times with my in-laws, and DK and I went for one of our dates.
  10. Go camping.  Never got around to it.
  11. Go swimming. Check.  Several times.
  12. Back to school shopping. I did a little, but a big shopping trip wasn't necessary.  M can still fit most of her clothes from the spring/summer, and she still has some she hasn't even worn.  
  13. Take lots of pictures.   Check, check, check, check, and check.
  14. Go on a tyke hike. It wasn't pretty, but we did.
  15. Go to the art museum.  Check.
  16. Go to the children's museum.  Check.  We only had time to go once this summer.  Boo!
  17. Start journaling with my daily devotionals. I process things a lot better when I write, so I know that including it with my studying will help me understand some of the more complex books of the Bible.  Luckily I could easily reflect on the books I read over the summer, so writing wasn't really necessary. 
  18. Go to a movie.  DK and I went a couple of times.  We didn't get a chance to take M.
  19. Plant something.  At the beginning of the summer, M was into "gardens" and called our empty flower bed in our little front yard a garden.  I had every intention to plant something with my little wanna-be-gardener, but it never happened.  Mom of the Year, I know.
  20. Donate toys. Check.  Got another bag in the garage waiting to be taken to the Salvation Army.
  21. Go visit my dad, stepmom, and sisters.  I cannot believe we didn't go to Atlanta AT ALL this summer.  So unlike us.  But we did see them in April, so it hasn't been that long.
  22. Go home and chill with family. I only live one hour away from my hometown, but I never have time to go home.  I hate that!  I did go one time in May, though, for Relay for Life and my aunt's birthday party.
  23. Go "out" with hometown friends.  Seriously, I had every intention of going home and going "out" with the old crew, but that didn't happen, either.  The last time we got together was for a painting class a year ago.  :-(
  24. Play board games.  M discovered a little stack of board games in her room that I'd bought her and had a little too much fun taking out all the pieces and mixing them together.  I was too lazy to separate them and place them in their correct boxes, so they're still all mixed up today.  Oh, well.
  25. Visit the waterpark.  We live less than 10 minutes away from a big water park, but we didn't get a chance to go this summer. 
  26. Paint toenails.  This was for M, but I totally forgot.  Plus she hasn't really asked for it, so I may wait until she does.
  27. Complete at least two separate summer reading programs. Check.
  28. Try a gymnastics class. I bought a LivingSocial deal for this back in the spring but let it expire.  It still has its paid value, so I'll maybe use it next spring.  (Did Gabby Douglas not make you want to run and sign your little girl up for gymnastics, though?  So proud of her and the rest of Team USA.)
  29. Try a dance class. Another Living Social deal I purchased for a nearby dance studio (for M).  It doesn't expire until December, though, so there's still time to get this deal.
  30. Ride a horse. I've got a co-worker who loves horses and has extended an open invitation to bring M to ride.  We didn't get a chance to this summer, but maybe in the spring.
  31. Have a sleepover.  I wanted to invite M's cousins over for a little sleepover, but never got a chance to.
  32. Go outside a lot.  We're really big "outside" people, but this summer I don't think we did it as much.  While M spends at least a couple of hours outside every day, most of that time was from her schoolday or at the nursery class at our gym.  I can't think of too many times where we went to park for no reason at all like we used to.  Gotta get back to that.
  33. Finish Mary Monroe's six-book God Don't Like Ugly series.* I only got through Book 3.  The remaining three are on the agenda for 2013.
  34. Start training to run a 5K.* Check!
  35. Eat better. Um, not even close.
  36. Practice handwriting and phonics.  This was something I'd planned to do if I didn't teach summer school and M didn't go to her preschool over the summer.  While they don't do new material in the summer, they still get lots of practice on stuff they've already learned.  I've seen her handwriting and drawing improve a lot.  I'm also seeing early signs of reading.
  37. Craft.  We made her daddy a Father's Day present, but that was about it.  Again, she was at school this summer, so that pretty much took care of that.
  38. Go on a road trip.  I sooooo wanted to visit the mountains in Tennessee this summer, but we never got to it.  Definitely a trip for the spring!
  39. Go to the beach.  Check.  I still need to post a couple of pics from M's most recent trip.
  40. Watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July.   Check.
  41. Make a bird feeder.  I kept running across easy bird feeder activities and thought it'd be a fun way to introduce M to different types of birds.  But we never got around to it. Womp womp.
  42. Grill.  I love when DK grills, so he hooked us up a few times over the summer.
  43. Date nights.*  Yes!  Love those, and we got several over the summer.
  44. Go on a picnic.  I snatched up a cute little picnic blanket on clearance at Target, but never put it to use.  Hopefully in the spring.
  45. Visit a petting farm.  M seems to like animals, so I want to keep encouraging that.  Unfortunately we didn't get to a petting zoo this summer.
  46. Send a message in bottle.  Completely forgot to do this at the beach. 
  47. Visit a botanical garden.  Check
  48. Go pick peaches (or some other fruit).  We love fresh fruit but have never picked our own. Maybe next summer.
  49. Go bowling.  Check.
  50. Visit a state park.  We have a really nice state park that I've yet to take M to.  My spring list of things to do is already long, but I'm adding this to it.
  51. Start making plans for the fall's Komen Race for the Cure.  I'm late on this one, but this will probably be my side project this week.  October is almost here!
  52. See my friends!*  All my childhood/college friends live in different states and cities, so I can't really see them whenever I want.  I did get to see my friends E, K, and J this summer, though. And that was pretty awesome.
  53. Nap on the beach.  It's "motherly impossible" to nap when you're at the beach with your kid(s) -- even when there's plenty of family there to keep an eye on her.  I just can't close my eyes knowing my kid is anywhere near water.  But I did get to nap in Miami. Yes ma'am, yes sir.
  54. Blog a little more since it's summer.  I think I did pretty good here.
  55. Take a class toward my EdS degree.  Check.  I took a class that was math-focused.  I was nervous about it (it's been a long time), but I aced it.  Go me.
  56. Make paper bag puppets.  Oh, we could do this any time.  In fact, it might be our little activity before bath time tonight.
  57. Ride bikes.  I considered buying bikes for DK and me this summer (M already has one).  Still considering it.  
  58. Create a binder with all our important documents.  Yeah, still need to do this.  Kinda important.
  59. Replace our dishwasher.  Check!
One thing that wasn't on this list but was definitely in my plans was swimming lessons.  I really needed to put M in swim lessons (like last year) and the plan was to do it this summer.  Of course when we went to sign up the classes were full (except the one that conflicted with our schedule, of course).  So that's something else we've gotta do soon.  Spring probably.

Overall we had a great summer.  I taught summer school, we took a couple of trips, we did fun some things in our area, we accomplished some goals, and DK and I went on dates.  Yeah, I'd say it was a pretty good summer. Only nine more months before we get to do it again! :)

Later this week I hope to post some pics from our Dallas trip.  We had fun!  In the meantime, I should start back doing all the stuff I do every day.  This lady says it best:

Haha!  Don't you love these?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~ G

1 comment:

  1. Y'all had a wonderful summer! I'm sad summer is over because there are tons of things I still wanted to do.


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