Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Checklists

The kids and I are all making summer checklists today-- things that we want to be sure we do this summer, and I thought I'd share them. I tried to not interfere too much in theirs, although I have tried to help Kimball set some more reasonable goals and plans. (He's obviously the oldest child over-achieving type. I don't know where he gets it!)

Michal's Summer Checklist
  • Go beach camping-- check! (I'd been really wanting to do that this summer, and at the last minute, we took a four-day weekend and did it!)
  • Do something fun with the kids every day.
  • Learn/Teach something with the kids every day.
  • Make fresh squeezed lemonade, refrigerator pickles, and a homemade ice cream that Henry can eat. (Not all for the same occasion;)
  • Run in a 10K race.
  • Tackle one organizational nightmare project a week. (homeschool closet, computer armoire, cookbook cupboard, kitchen freezer, Kimball's desk area, . . . )
  • Read A Thomas Jefferson Education plus at least 5 books for fun. 
  • Learn how to use my dehydrator to make fruit leather or dried tomatoes.
  • Have at least one family over for dinner each month (not counting people related to us).
  • Have a backyard movie party. At least once, but maybe more often.
  • Teach Bronwen to read. 
  • Call my sisters-in-law.
  • Take my kids to Folsom Lake at least once, but perhaps once a week!
  • Let the kids have the lemonade stand they are always begging for.
Kimball's Summer Checklist
  • Play 4-way Ninjago.
  • Read 4 serial books in one day.
  • Eat a whole or half box of Ritz Crackers. (Random!)
  • Write and publish a book. (No problem! Easy, peasy, right Tamara?)
  • Make meals for a week. (I WISH this were a reasonable item!)
  • Hold a diving contest.
  • Pickle something weird.
  • Clock myself for swimming from one end of the pool to the other without coming up for air in the middle.
  • Watch Kung Fu Panda 2.

Henry's Summer Checklist
  • Go swimming at least 12 times.
  • Read at least 3 *** "me-approved" books. (Upon inquiry, I discovered that this means books he rates at at least 3 stars after reading.)
  • Invent a game.
  • Win at least 5 games of "Josh-ball".
  • Go to an amusement park.
  • Learn to ride my bike without hands for at least 10 seconds.
  • Make a successful club that lasts at least a week.
  • Write a comic book that is at least 10 pages long.
  • Have a lemonade stand with Kimball.

Ian's Summer Checklist
  • Go to Raging Waters.
  • Skip one meal and eat two lunches on Saturday. (???)
  • See the new Cars 2 movie in the theater.
  • Read 12 chapter books in one day. (His are short.)
  • Learn to do a back flip.

Bronwen's Summer Checklist
  • Go visit Grammy and Papa.
  • Have a lemonade stand.
  • Go on a date with Dad to a restaurant to eat burgers for dinner.
  • Go to swimming lessons.
  • Go see a movie in the theater.
  • Play hide and seek.
  • Learn to do a back flip.
  • Go to the zoo.
What's on your summer checklist?


Nancy said...

Here's part of my summer checklist:

* Give Michal lemons for her lemonade
* Host Kimball's diving contest and clock him swimming without coming up for air
* Let Henry come swimming at least 12 times
* Let Ian do a back flip into the pool (whoa)
* Let Bronwen practice her back flip on a ground-level trampoline
* Just let Margaret be cute (the easiest one)

The MacGregors said...

So cute! The lists tell a lot about your kids' personalities! Can't wait to see what everyone checks off.

My list is to survive! I have Alex's 1st birthday this week, then a family reunion in a week, then my marathon in a few weeks, then we move back to Utah a month after that, and then another family reunion and finally Serra's birthday- all before mid August! whew!

Kim said...

So glad to not be looking at Ralphie at the top of the blog anymore! :) Cant wait to help you out with some of your goals (come over for dinner, accompany you to the lake, have y'all over to swim...;) ).

My summer goal is to keep us all from strangling each other. Caity was home from school 2 days this week with a 24 hr bug. She stayed home today even though she felt fine and I though the girls were going to start WW 3 in my home. By the end of the day we had all turned on each other. Summer break here we come!!

angelj44 said...

Very cute idea! I think I need to do this with my kids and see what they come up with. We are looking forward to seeing you all later this month.