Today was officially the last day of the 2013-2014 school year! I am now a mom to a Kindergartner and a Middle School kid. Can someone please pinch me? I have no idea how that happened; I mean my baby is still in cloth diapers right? Nope, she turned 5 earlier this year and is entering Kindergarten in the Fall.
I’m determined to make this summer fun. Since I work full-time from home, they get to stay home with me most days. However, that usually turns into very long hours in front of the TV while I work. We do have a few vacations planned and a few summer camps scheduled but there are several weeks when they will be just laying around the house being kids. I decided I was going to ask both of my kids to help me list a few things they want to do this summer. Here is what they said….
11 yr old son:
- Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks - maybe I’ll take them on a boat ride to see them dive for sponges.
- Read, Read, and Read some more! Did I mention that he received a certificate from his teacher for the student “most likely to be found with his head in a book!” Yeah, we’ll be visiting the library a LOT!
- Busch Gardens – It would be fun to make it to one of the Sidewalk Safari Nights June 13-14th & 20-21st. I’m dying to see Falcon’s Fury but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to ride it.
- Host a Pool Party with friends from school. We don’t have many kids in our neighborhood and I’m sure he’d love to see his friends over the summer.
- Old McMicky’s Farm – We visited the farm earlier this year and both kids had a great time. It’s in Odessa, Florida and only about 10-15 minutes from here.
- Florida Aquarium - He had a field trip their earlier this year; I guess he had a great time and wants to go back.
- Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Man my kid has big dreams for his summer doesn’t he?! He’s a huge Harry Potter fan and has read the series several times. I have to say I’m in love with the movies myself. We haven’t ever taken the kids to Universal so maybe we’ll have to start a summer bucket list savings account!
- Golf camp and robotics camp! He’s already signed up for both of these!! You can see some of our favorite summer camps in Pinellas County (<—click there) over on Tampa Bay Moms Blog.
5 yr old daughter:
- Swimming – Check!
- Go to Chick-fil-A – She’s so easy! I love this kid.
- Host a Park Playdate – Now to decide which local park to visit!
- Go for a boat ride – This would coordinate with her brothers visit to Tarpon Springs or our vacation coming up soon.
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter & Hope - I love CMA and will gladly take her to see Winter!! Will we really visit both aquariums this summer? Who knows.
- Ice skating at Countryside Mall - Every time we visit the mall she stands at the edge of the rink watching the kids skate.
- See the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs - What little girl doesn’t want to see a real live mermaid? It’s just about 30-45 minutes from the house and would be a fun afternoon to get us out of the house. I’ve never been myself! Although the 11 yr old wasn’t too excited about this one!
- Go golfing – Check! She’s also signed up for golf camp with her brother.
- Family bowling night – I’m sure I can convince my husband to take us bowling one night.
- Movies – She’s dying to see Maleficent and I only hear good things about it. She doesn’t scare easily so I hope it’s not too much for her.
For the most part their plans are a little more extravagant than what I had hoped for, but they sound fun. We probably won’t be able to check off all the items on our summer bucket list though. With 10 weeks ahead of us, I am going to try to commit to one a week! When planning your summer, don’t forget to schedule a few things “just for mom!”
Mommy’s Summer Bucket List:
- Enjoy my kids and try to be more patient with them.
- Catch up on my cross stitch project. I’m still on my April square in the Once Upon a Time Sampler from the Frosted Pumpkin.
- Schedule a Mom’s Night Out with friends!
- Go for walks with my kids each evening.
- Go to the beach at least once each week; even if it’s just for a short visit.
- Visit my Grandma in Ohio. Guess I need to pick a date for this one and make it happen before my schedule gets too full.
- Date night with my husband each month! We have a few concerts scheduled and even a long weekend away while the kids are out of town.
- Make a fire pit in the backyard!
- Redeem my massage gift certificate from Mother’s Day!
- Schedule some family (and personal) appointments. We’re a little overdue on dentist, eye doctor, and a few other important self-care visits.
What are you doing this summer? Have you created a bucket list for summer? I’d love to hear what you have planned!
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