Thursday, June 10, 2010

This Suddenly Became A Busy Summer!

Psssst! I'm still giving away a $25 Wal-Mart gift card here.


Mister Man came home from school the other day with a scrapbook from his kindergarten year. It's precious (and I have proof that he grew! Three inches taller from August until May recorded by his teachers. Ha!), and there were so many neat things that he wrote.

Of course, he also wanted to make changes to it. His favorite color is no longer pink. He now prefers purple (that's my boy!). And his favorite tv show is no longer "Beyond Time In Space" (one he invented himself).

But the coolest thing I thought was a wish list for the summer. He wrote down the three things he most wants to do this summer, and lucky him - he's going to get to do them all.

It got me thinking, however. What do *I* want to do this summer?

And since I can't stop myself with three, here are thirty. Shall I check back on my progress later?

30. Get my pile of magazines to read down from their current seven plus inch pile. If that means throwing some out, I'll find the fortitude.
29. Have a date night with my husband.
28. Get an "exclusive" invite to just one party at BlogHer for a brand I'm passionate about (what, you don't think I'm cool enough? Thanks a lot!)
27. Sign myself up for the summer reading club at the library - and read the minimum 12 books.
26. Update all the binders for the nine (yes, NINE) jobs I had on the PTO this year.
25. Pass off said binders to the new PTO members who will be henceforth responsible.
24. Head out to Old West Town and do some gold panning with the wee ones (and friends).
23. Clean up all my old horse tack and bring it to the second hand horse shop (unless one of you is horsey and wants some really nice stuff cheap - Crosby 15 1/2" saddle, show bridles, bits galore, show boots, a tack trunk, etc).
22. *sniff* Get rid of the last of the baby gear - double strollers, wagon, tricycles, etc.
21. Get 100% caught up on my email - defined as fewer than 50 unread emails in my inbox.
20. Fix the basement from our ejector pump fail last weekend - new carpet, drywall, bifold doors, and all.
19. Move the playroom toys into the newly fixed basement - and sort out those that are no longer played with first.
18. Purchase desks and whiteboard paint to create a homework room in the former playroom.
17. Get caught up on all my paperwork filing.
16. Dejunk the office to the point where I can donate the "I can hold anything" entertainment center that does not belong there.
15. Fully weed the landscaping and get new mulch down (this counts as completed even if I hire someone to do it).
14. Rearrange the storage facilities in the garage such that my husband's car will fit.
13. Sign Little Miss up for gymnastics (which technically starts on Monday, I believe. Oops).
12. Complete the C25K training (Week 4 Day 3 tomorrow!) - even if it's after the 5K that I'm signed up for at BlogHer.
11. Create a more regular bedtime that results in a less tired me.
10. Find time to use the massage gift card my husband gave me for Mother's Day.
9. Have at least five organized playdates for each of the wee ones.
8. Find an outlet for my need for a creative and mental challenge now that I've quit work and the wee ones will both be in school full time this fall. (Suggestions?)
7. Sell or donate all the outgrown clothes of the wee ones. (anyone need girl sizes 2-4T or boys' 3-6T?)
6. Buy a new laptop to replace the one I have to turn in for work - and be happy with my choice. (ummm, again - suggestions?)
5. Get my car detailed.
4. Have a physical.
3. Have an island in the kitchen (and an end table in the family room and a desk in the office and a nightstand in my room and a nook in my car) that is not home to clutter.
2. Set realistic deadlines for projects - and ensure I make each of them.

And the number 1 goal I have for this summer?

1. Enjoy my time with the wee ones - and ensuring they're enjoying their summer, as well!

Yikes. I feel like I need to print out this list now and keep it handy. Did I miss anything?

And what about you - what are you up to this summer?


Kori June 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

I just hope to get through the summer alive. Hopefully my new editing job, 4th of July is a week long celebration here, then summer camp for Sam, then coordinating the boys to go spend time with their grandpa, the planning a BABY shower for Hannah, then maybe if people love me get to go on vacation, and then? summer is over. :(

Jojomama June 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

You have a busy summer ahead of you! (=

septembermom June 10, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

"Find an outlet for my need for a creative and mental challenge now that I've quit work and the wee ones will both be in school full time this fall. (Suggestions?)" --
What about dance classes or an art class at a community center? They have some great classes in my area. I hope to try it soon when I'm kid free for a while during the day.

I love the idea of a homework room by the way. I may steal that one :)

I need to put together a list too. Maybe I'll do a post on this soon :)

Karen June 10, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

You've got quite a list there. But it's good to have goals I guess.

I got a Dell laptop this spring and am very happy with it.

Unknown Mami June 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

You are going to be busy.

Alexis AKA MOM June 10, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

I say go with #1 go, holy smokes girl that is one heck of a list.

Selling some of the clothes could lead to $ for projects. Hmmm idea for me :)

Sadly work and work and hope for quite time :)

Chica June 11, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

Wow! The mother of all lists! Hey, it will be nice when you are able to check off the last one...I guess I better get busy! Good Luck!


WeaselMomma June 12, 2010 at 5:33 AM  

Sorry that you had water in the basement last week. I somehow missed that.

Michelle June 12, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Kori - Just alive? That's a pretty low bar to set there! It sounds like you're busier than I am.

Jojomama - I do. And I feel like I've set the bar high when I figure out how many tasks per day I need to accomplish. Yikes!

Kelly - Ummm dance and art don't ummm work for my body and brain. I do need to come up with something. I've been talking about doing a cake decorating class "when I have time" for years - maybe it's time!

Karen - A Dell is a distinct possibility. I spent some quality time at Costco yesterday learning about what to look for. Now to decide!

Unknown Mami - When aren't I? I do better when I'm busy - or at least faking busy. I think there's something wrong with me.

Alexis - I know. The clothes one is a huge one for me. You should see the piles I have!

Chica - I love checking things off lists. I almost want to go do one of my tasks now just so I can have a head start with marking completions!

WeaselMomma - Ohhhh no. It wasn't water. "Water" isn't what comes out when an ejector pump fails. This is all wastewater. Raw sewage. Floors have been bleached. Costco has been called. Searching for a guy to do the drywall and baseboard replacement. *sigh*

Mrs4444 June 13, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

That's quite a list, and much of it is doable, if I know you! By all means, yes--print it off.

Good luck!!

Mrs4444 June 13, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

Oh, and as for my list, I hope to lose complete track of the days of the week (so far, so good!)

I'm also hoping to meet up with some friends in Chicago....

Make some extra money to help Kyle pay for school.


Michelle June 14, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Mrs4444 - Am I included in those Chicago friends? :) And btw today is MONDAY.

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