This post is my response to my summer frustrations I shared earlier.
Here goes my outline for savoring summer. Or rather, my plan for savoring the final 2 weeks of summer before my boys return to school.
There are exactly 11 weekdays remaining before the first day of school. Seems like a decent amount of time until I consider the following:
- G has an evening band practice on one night
- G also has lots of summer AP assignments he chose to condense into this time frame
- I have a hair appointment one of these days (Non-negotiable!)
- I will probably have to work a few of these last days
- J has 7th grade orientation one of these days
- Schedule pick up/Showing Proof of Residence will take part of another day
- I suppose we should add school supply shopping in here though I’m tempted to skip it until after school starts…
Here’s the part of my post where I find it necessary to eat a bit of crow.
One thing I’ve always said I despised a bit were those summer bucket lists although I’ve made my own on occasion.
After asking myself what would help with my summer frustrations and help me to feel like I’ve saved and savored this summer a bit, I realized the answer was simple. I needed to make a list of the things that meant summer to me. Yikes! I needed a summer bucket list.
My requirements were simple: I asked myself what do I need to make it feel like I’ve had a complete summer? And so the short summer bucket list began.
My Savoring Summer Bucket List
- Have at least one day of water fun! We are going to have at least one day at the local pool as well as a water balloon fight in the next 11 minus all the stuff above days. I already purchased the water balloons.
- You scream. I scream. We all scream for ice cream! We are going to go out for ice cream somewhere new. I’ll let the kids pick from a few suggestions.
- Take an educational day trip somewhere new or visit a new (to us) museum in or around our city. If I’m lucky, do both.
- Have a fun family outing! Maybe see a movie, play mini golf, or something else like that…
- Have at least one family fun day/night at home. Either watch a movie or play a game.
- Celebrate National S’Mores Day on August 11th!
- Spend some time at a lake. I don’t care if we don’t spend the night or if it’s a local lake just minutes away. I’d just like to be near some pretty scenery and water.
Later, once the boys wake up, I’ll ask them what one thing they’ll need to do to feel like they’ve had a complete summer. The answers most likely will be in the realm of stay up super late, sleep half the days away, have friends over, and eat lots of junk food. They did manage to do all those things this summer.
Their summer has probably been mostly just fine. They could go on at this pace of doing the things in the above paragraph indefinitely. Perhaps it’s time to admit summer simply looks different as my kids continue to grow.
They certainly aren’t worried and feeling the pressure (much of it self-induced, I know) to end summer with a completed list. And I certainly know I don’t have to let the start of school signal the end of summer. School starts in August around here, hardly the end of the season!
We still (sort of, hello band practices and football games every Friday) have until Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer. Or I could even stretch it further and say Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22.
When do you say summer ends?
Just don’t tell me you’re one of those people drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes in August. (I’ll still be your friend but you might need to buy me a cold Frappuccino while you help with an autumn bucket list.)