I am a planner by nature. Nothing gives me more joy in life than making a list–unless, of course, it’s checking a finished item off that list! Is it any wonder, then, that I feel a compulsion to plan out my summer vacation? Scoff if you must… but I want to enjoy my time off from teaching. I don’t want to look back in August (when I’m stuck at a training or a meeting for school) and think, “Gee. I wish I’d done more fun things with Sweet Pea. Where did the time go?” or “Gosh. I really meant to catch up–or at least start–Sweet Pea’s baby book. Why couldn’t I find the time?”
I’ve seen a few summer to-do lists floating around on Pinterest and thought I’d make one of my own. I added two rows: activities to do with Sweet Pea, and activities to do while she’s napping. Yes, I enjoy being a mother. But I can’t be all that devoted to my kid unless I also take some adult time for myself. Hence the second row. Also: I’m not so Planny Mc-Plan-Plan that I can’t change things up–we might be wild and go to the library on Wednesday this week–but I’m worried that if I don’t make a list or a chart then I’ll just kind of sit around resentfully eyeing my laundry pile.
So. A few words on the different categories:
WITH THE KID:
- Bake Day: Too often, I shoo Sweet Pea out of the kitchen. This is my day to pick a cooking or baking project where she can actually “help.” And then be patient with her while she “helps.” And clean up after all the “helping.”
- Library Day: Self-explanatory. Happily, included due to my daughter’s constant insistence!
- Adventure Day: Items on the list thus far include going to various parks, plunging into the local pool, and messing around at the fountain.
- Visiting Day: We have tons of relatives and friends in the area. I always mean to visit them and/or invite them over. This summer, I’m going to. And Sweet Pea, my social butterfly, will love coming along.
- Arts & Crafts Day: We color with crayons and play with play dough every day. I’m talking the more involved projects here–ones that involve smocks, paint, and possibly Q-Tips… or even (gasp!) glue. (See note above about tons of clean-up…)
- Writing: Novelists don’t finish their novels unless they write. It’s an odd and unfortunate truth, but I’m learning to live with it. I’m actually hoping to get more writing done (not just one day a week), but this is at least one nap-time a week I’ve promised to devote to nothing BUT writing.
- Clutter-Busting: Little piles of papers. Disorganized drawers. Cupboards. Things I can’t blame on my toddler and really want to clean up.
- Teaching: My goal is to be planned through Winter Break so I’m not a crazy woman when work starts back up. I’m going back to full-time this year and I’m teaching 9th grade English for the first time. So a little pre-planning is definitely in order!
- Scrapbooking: I’ve got to choose photos from Sweet Pea’s first two years of life, write my captions and blurbs, then compose layouts.
- Relaxing: if I don’t put it on the list, I won’t do it. Or I’ll try to tell myself that doing the dishes is some sort of Zen meditation technique (lie). This is my day to take a bubble bath, read a romance novel, or watch Downton Abbey episodes… whatever I want!
What do you think? Any suggestions for other adventures I can do with Sweet Pea? What are your summer plans?