Summer To Do Lists

June 5, 2013

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We are looking down on 95 days of summer vacation. 95 days. I’m letting that number sink in for a minute. Because in our house, all of the adults work. And the child does not. For 95 days.  This creates an interesting challenge.

And while I’m super down with not having to wrestle a child out the door every morning before sunlight, I’m also not sure how we’re going to fill 2,375 hours. Productively. Nutritionally. Without killing each other. So right now, the wide open space of nothingness is daunting. Of course I’m into the slow days of porch swings and soccer balls and lightning bugs. At least in theory. But, on the other hand, none of us sit still very well, and well, there are things to be done.

So I asked Harry last week what he wanted to accomplish this summer. He said he wanted to play video games. Right. And eat. Got it. So that will get us past the first morning.

So I suggested we make a plan.

Here’s Harry’s plan for summer, age 7.

Harry’s List.

1. Go on the Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn 10 times.

2. Go down a slide into sharks.

3. Eat a lot of donuts.

4. Get ready for the Olympics in swimming. (I think this means go to the pool a lot.)

5.  Get ready for the Olympics in soccer.

6. Go to a Harlem Globetrotter clinic. And pull someone’s pants down.

7. Learn to ride a bike.

8. Read some things. (We’re going to do the Scholastic Summer Challenge)

9. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean

10. Learn to water ski.  (He asks…Can you water ski in the Atlantic Ocean and jump over sharks?)

So there you go. Basically he’s eating donuts and training for the Olympics while sliding into and/or jumping over sharks.

I went ahead and made a list too. And, my list is pretty slow and super boring compared to Harry’s, as it doesn’t involve sharks.

My List:

1. Swim in the coldest river in Texas.

2. Go to the LBJ ranch.

3. Grow and can five different things.

4. Make and master homemade bread.

5. Read 3 books.

6. Find an exercise I like and do it routinely. (If only so I can guiltlessly eat the homemade bread.)

7. Finish the kitchen.

8. Finish the front room of the house.

9. Get over my fear of sleeping outside.

10. Go on the Master Blaster 10 times with Harry.

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Harry insisted that his dad make a list too.

James’ List:

1. Work.

It should be an interesting summer.

What are you doing?

How do you fill 95 days?

I’m open to any and all ideas. Especially those that involve sharks.

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  • Reply Jessica B. June 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

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  • Reply Wendi June 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

    1. Cry
    2. Hide in refrigerated wine room
    3. Break up fights
    4. Hide on the LBJ ranch

  • Reply Rachel at Back'nGrooveMom June 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    geez – it seems so crazy…I remember back a few years ago when the boys were younger and summer seemed so daunting….now, it feels very fleeting b/c they really DO have lists that include plans with friends and sleepover camp and I already see summer slipping away. Enjoy everyone of those 95 days and eat a donut for me, will ‘ya? they are my #1 weakness.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura June 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Jessica, a lemonade stand is a great idea. A great way to help Project Night Night.

    Wendi, I’m so with you. I’ll see you at the LBJ ranch. Under a rock.

  • Reply Katie Spence June 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I want to get a babysitter for a day and go to Schlitterbahn with friends, which I haven’t visited since I was teenager.

    What’s the coldest river in Texas? The Frio?

  • Reply barchbo June 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    James could have at least added donuts! 😉

    I hope we will get to see you this summer!

  • Reply barchbo June 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

    For an exercise, maybe you could try this:

    I totally want to learn. In my imagination, I am really amazing at it.

  • Reply Shannon Bradley-Colleary June 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    1. Get a job that brings us financial security and backstage passes to a FUN concert.
    2. Don’t need any more crowns (tooth-wise)
    3. Have sex with my husband once a week (a modest goal)
    4. Teach my children how to be my butler
    5. Let my children use sharp knives so they can cook
    6. Eat pizza but don’t gain weight
    7. Spend lazy days with my children (between the new high-earning job) where we bake in the sun, swim like fish and quaff lemonade and/or lemon drops.

  • Reply Leigh Ann June 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    This summer I vow to actually get out of the house more with my 3. Last summer nearly killed me.

  • Reply Rachel Michelson June 6, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Pick up the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It is absurdly easy and you will make absurdly amazing bread.

    As for the summer. Pool.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura June 6, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Katie, Yep. Frio River. I’ve never been there.

    Barchbo, I just made see you this summer my #11, 12 & 13.

    Shannon, I love everything on your list. Especially #5. And let me know how #7 works out for you.

    Leigh Ann, I so hear you. Thus, the list.

    Rachel, Brilliant. Thanks.

  • Reply Tina Cordova June 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    These are mine (I’m an adult with no kids, but I think they translate well):

    1. Make popsicles

    2. Go to the beach

    3. Go to an outdoor movie (screen on the green type thing)

    4. Run a half marathon

    5. Go to an outdoor concert

    6. Run through a sprinkler

    7. Ride a roller coaster

    8. Go fruit/berry picking

    9. Roast Marshmellows

    10. Make Sun Tea

    11. Go to a Baseball game

    12. Paint something/ create art

    13. Grill out in my backyard

    14. Take a nap in the sun.

  • Reply Allisone June 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I’m a little late, but here’s our plan.

    1) See a whale
    2) Go to the Philly Zoo
    3) Go to a lot of Phillies games.
    4) Teach kid to drive (aka: Pay someone to teach kid to drive. Bask in the glow of her license.)
    5) Take kid to our family history sites (example: her g-g-g-g grandparent’s farm)
    6) lie in a hammock.

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