Written By: Kathy Glow @ Kissing the Frog
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The official countdown is on! There are twenty more days of summer left before school starts for my boys. We need to purchase school supplies, see which pants still fit and which have been outgrown, buy new tennis shoes and get fresh haircuts.
Soon, before and after school routines will resume, as will the endless cycles of homework, soccer practice, therapy appointments and Cub Scout outings.
I will be scrambling to keep everything organized: which day which son has practice or library or what days I’m supposed to volunteer in the classroom or count Labels for Education.
In a way, I’m kind of looking forward to it all. The summer has been long, and we need routine to begin again.
But, in some ways, it’s a double-edged sword because as soon as I flipped the calendar to August, I freaked out.
But I also worried that we had not done everything we wanted to do this summer.
As I look back at all of the fun things we’ve been able to do this summer – vacations, camps, museums, lessons, swimming – it feels pretty complete. But there are still a few things we’d like to squeeze in before the opening bell rings.
Our Summer Bucket List:
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo: This is the four-year-old’s request. We are so lucky to have one of the top zoos in the country right here in Nebraska. We have an annual pass, so we’re able to go either for an hour or a whole day. We haven’t gone at all this summer because it’s been too hot. But, maybe the cooler weather will bring another opportunity to explore.
Play a game of golf: Our six-year-old is becoming quite interested in the game. He and Daddy have frequented the driving range, and he’s now ready to play a full game. I haven’t played golf in about nine years (ironically the same amount of time I’ve been a mom), so I’d like to see if I can still tear up a par 3 course the way I used to.
He’s already a pro on the mini golf course.
Legos: There is a big set our eight-year-old really wants. Since his birthday is not until the week after Christmas, he wants any and every odd job he can to earn the money to get them sooner. I’m sure I can have him clean out his room, the basement and the garage before school starts. That should put him more than halfway there!
Go to our lake house: Alone. This is Hubby’s request. He’s been wanting the two of us to go sans children just to chillax. In two weeks, Smashmouth is playing a free concert in the park. It’s the perfect excuse for us to go, dance, and enjoy – in other words, have a weekend-long date.
Girlfriend time: This, of course, is mine. One of my best friends from high school comes in town once a year, and a group of us gets together for lunch or dinner or drinks or all three and tries to convince her to move back to Nebraska. It’s so fun. You know those friends you have that you hardly ever see, but it’s as if no time has passed? Yeah, it’s like that.
Special time with each of my boys: This is mine, too; but who doesn’t love one-on-one time with Mommy? Hubby has been taking most Wednesdays off this summer, letting each of the boys choose a special activity to do. I’d like to do that with each of them, too. Whether it’s a fun lunch date, a shopping trip, or an outing, it would be nice to bond a little before the school year gets too hectic.
It seems like a pretty doable list, even with all the errands that need to be completed before the school doors open.
But then again, there’s a party to plan for the six-year-old’s birthday, a phone call to make to “food school” for the four-year-old (believe me, there’s a future post in that), and therapy schedules to coordinate for the eight-year-old, not to mention picking out a mommy and me swim time for the one-year-old.
Even if I can squeak all of this in under the wire before August 27th, I shudder to think of the new list that is already writing itself in view of all this “free time” I will soon have on my hands.
Did you do everything you wanted to do this summer? If not, what is left on your summer bucket list?