We made a Summer Bucket List so that we could be sure to include a few of everyone's favorites in our summertime activities.
Here are the goals my kids and I came up with:
Have some friends and their families over for dinner
Visit some parks we've never been to before
Ride Boppa's horses
Visit Yellowstone with Josiah's parents
Do a Family Movie Night
Go to the park in Thermopolis and have ice-cream with cousins
Go to the Circus
Justus-have a family birthday party in August
Host a 5-Day Club and help feed the teen missionaries
Camp a couple of times as a family
Ansley, CC and Diana, Heidi, Eli, Stella and Celeste, Carston, and Dylan
Attend Gold Rush Days at South Pass City
The MOST IMPORTANT goal of our summer is to get into the Word of God. No matter who you are or what your responsibilities, it is always a fight to make God's Word a priority and you have to make the time or it won't happen. I have seen how easily even church activities and homeschool studies can crowd out family Bible time. So....here is what our family is doing to make sure that doesn't happen. If nothing else happens on our Summer Bucket List, I want to make sure that this stuff happens:
We are continuing to listen to Daddy read to them from the Bible every night
Having morning devotional time with Mom (Going through Thriving Family magazines' 60 Day Trip around the World praying for the nations)
Memorizing the ABC verses (26 verses printable I found online)
Ali and I: Mother/Daughter tea time Bible Study every Friday morning
Me-weekly Bible Study that my mom leads in the summer-this summer we're doing "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver.
Take the kids to 5-Day Club, as well as church and Sunday School
Ali-personal Quiet Time once a day where she is looking up Bible verses for our study
Jer: Practice handwriting, reading, and writing for 10-20 minutes a day
Working on their Nature Notebooks (which they love) as we explore God's creation
Make a Gold Rush Days lapbook
Make a lapbook of their choice
The Secret at Pheasant Cottage and
by Patricia St. John
Start the Christian Heritage series by Nancy Rue
Me-attend a practicum (training) for Classical Conversations in Casper, WY
Me-prepare to be a CC Tutor for the coming school year
Morning routine after breakfast:
Help Mom with a household chore
Afternoon clean-up time before Daddy comes home
Sometimes the big kids help Grammy rake her yard or help her water the community garden, where she works part-time, and get paid to do odd jobs for her.
I'd like to have my kids help more with laundry, dishes, and cooking. Lately they've been pretty spoiled and haven't helped a lot in those areas! Ali often cleans like crazy just to bless me and she cleans the kids' bathroom 2-3 times a week, but my boys NEED to work harder and learn to do more of the chores.
So, this is our roadmap for the summer. It may look like a LOT of things to do to some of you, and to others it may seem really low-key. Every family is different! My kids happen to be REALLY high-energy kids who love social activities and sports. We live in a small town, that's very outdoorsy, and we can get to where we need to go within a minute or two. So, I think we have a great balance of calm and rest and fun and energy-burning activities!