If you’d asked me back in November how I’d feel with just a few days of school left for the kids, I would probably have said something about approaching it with a mixture of dread and excitement. I love summertime, and appreciate all the freedom it offers us to spend long, lazy days at the beach — my favorite place in the whole world. But having the kids home for the summer can be a little stressful when you work at home. You want them to have a good summer, but also have to work to keep making ends meet. It’s a hard and necessary balance.
But this year? I am filled with excitement, relief and joy. That big dose of perspective changed everything for me — including my feelings about summer break. It can’t come soon enough or last long enough. We need a break. We need some time away from the realities of how life changed post-December 14. Although I will still work from home all summer, finding a way to make work time and fun time work together just doesn’t seem as tough this year. Or maybe I’ve just changed.
Either way, I am beyond ready for summer to begin. There are just
four three days left of school left. Are we there yet?
To ensure that our summer is literally packed with fun, I created a Summer Bucket List of things I want to do with the kids this year. It’s on Pinterest — and I’ve been checking off items as we go. Hat tip to my dear friend Cate at Sweetnicks for that idea — she clued me into this fun summer to-do list a few years ago.
Did you catch that? Even though school hasn’t ended yet, we’re well underway with the bucket list. I couldn’t wait. We’re getting the summer party started regardless of how many hour-long bus rides remain.
So, what’s on our list? Check it out:
Do you have a summer bucket list? What’s on it?