This year we created a list of things we’d like to do over the summer. We won’t be going on any big vacation, mostly because Schmoopy is a bit too needy at this point for us to leave her with anyone. And that’s okay. Trips can wait. I’m sure our bank account will thank us and, anyway, how could we leave this face?
So we’re adding things to our list like day trips to nearby landmarks, local parks and museums, special projects, amusement parks we’ve never been to, play dates with friends, library programs and more. Mix those with the
never-ending four-nights-a-week soccer schedule, a couple two-week sessions of daily swim lessons, four weeks of piano lessons just so they don’t forget everything they learned over the last year, and it can get a little hairy.
I’ve quickly discovered that this requires not only event planning on my part, but also pre-planning of the actual event planning. (Wait, what?) For this reason, I’ve created my own list to help me out.
Wombat’s Summer Helper List
1. Thoughtfully craft summer list as a family.
Start Finish up projects I swore I was going to get done while the kids were in school this year, so we have more time for things on the summer list.
3. Try to remember what all the projects in #2 were.
4. Dig through scary pile for list of projects.
5. Realize after sifting through the first five layers on the pile that the kids each carried home their weight in paperwork every day during the final week of school, causing the scary pile to resemble Mt. Washington.
7. Scratch visit to Mt. Washington off summer list.
8. Concede win to the scary pile; head to higher ground for safety.
9. Dramatically throw hands in air and add Organize All The Things! to list.
10. Wing it as usual.
What’s on tap for your summer?