Summer is here and in full effect. This is the first summer in many years that I am actually working. (That was one really awesome benefit of being a teacher!) My kids are going to a few camps, but other than that, they are going to be many days where they just have to tough it out. Sometimes they have a sitter come over, sometimes they are staying by themselves, and some of the times they have to come with me wherever I am teaching. (plus, aren’t camps so expensive?)
As a family, we made our annual Summer Bucket List. We included some of our favorites from last year, (plus ones we didn’t get to, like picking berries!) and added a few new ones for this summer. Of course, my kids want to include fun stuff like riding go-carts, and going to the White Water Center. I also
force encourage them to add in service stuff like watering the church garden, and taking baked goods for the fireman. And they are really excited about our educational challenge of reading 100 books together as a family. My daughter is designing a bulletin board so we can track our progress!
Back to the whole me working thing. I set up three rules for the summer.
1. Everyone makes their bed
2. Everyone helps to straighten the house.
3. Mommy has to exercise.
This can mean I leave them for an hour and go take a yoga class, or I walk around the neighborhood, or we all head to the Y early before the pool opens. Just 30 minutes on the elliptical (and the 30 day ab challenge!) and I am a new person. Last Wednesday was our first official day of summer and the first official day of the new summer rules. We were out of the house in time to exercise and hit the pool for a few hours before I had to teach a class at 3.
I was so refreshed and renewed after my little workout that I finally notice my son’s choice of footwear for the day. His answer? “But I made my bed!”
How about you? Do you make summer rules? How about a summer bucket list or something similar?