Our Summer 2011

Lists are my system for maintaining mental order. Every summer I set up guidelines for the family to get us through our day. This year we typed up a list of ideas to keep us creating and enjoying our time with each other. We accomplished much and still have things to keep us rolling into fall. How do you inspire your family through long school breaks, or periods of low productivity, or just everyday?

As it hangs on the refrigerator.

  • bake breads from around the world
  • Elkins
  • string popcorn for the birds
  • backyard sleepover
  • learn to can/dehydrate food
  • make our own favorite cereals
  • make a tent
  • Farmer’s Market
  • mow the lawn
  • go to Grace’s pool/birthday/sleepover party
  • dinner guests
  • build a bat house
  • make a life calendar
  • lunch dates
  • batik & tie-dye items
  • invite Grammy for Ribfest
  • friendly brunches
  • Lego Ninjaga
  • hike in the woods
  • sleepover guests
  • stargaze with a telescope
  • wash & wax bikes
  • play with Parker
  • teach Avery to swing
  • expand the gardens
  • make macaroni & cheese
  • make Popsicles
  • build cold frames
  • Friday night dessert and movies
  • prepare art camp
  • eat food from all the continents
  • catch fire flies
  • new sand for the box
  • make shirts into pillows
  • make donuts
  • enclose playhouse bottom
  • North Carolina
  • make baklava
  • play with Etta
  • eat ice cream
  • create a snack mix
  • build a pergola on the front porch
  • help London knit & crochet
  • build a basketball court
  • make grilled cheese sandwiches
  • make a new room with a tree house in it
  • make a movie
  • shop at yard sales
  • play in the rain
  • help with HARC
  • get new toys
  • create family Halloween costumes
  • compost & recycle even more
  • make gifts for friends
  • Washington DC
  • write letters to family and far away friends
  • make ice cream
  • visit the movie theater
  • haircuts
  • picnic outdoors
  • go to the bank
  • dry laundry outside
  • teach Elliot to ride a bike
  • paint the playhouse more
  • library summer reading program
  • read books
  • Geronimo Stilton’s Cheesy cake
  • hula hoop
  • go fishing
  • yard games
  • rain barrels for gutters
  • fish with Parker
  • cuddles and hugs
  • wash and wax car
  • sew a duvet for London
  • garden
  • play dragon 123
  • follow the biking blog
  • select new lunch boxes
  • geocache
  • wear sunscreen
  • order Avery’s backpack
  • publish a family newspaper
  • ride bikes

Miles Walked: 0 Biked: 0 Bused: 0 Drove: 0 This week
23.8 56 10.5 3.6 Since August 14, 2011
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  1. Oooh, love the list! I hardly ever know where all the time goes, and since we homeschool year round we don't have the issue of long breaks. However, making a list like this is a great idea for those days when one older child is busy with something and the other is bored.

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