|Last day of 3rd grade! (Tired much?)|
|Last day of fifth grade! (He also looks half |
asleep - these last couple of weeks were rough!)
|The Littles off to their last day.|
|The Bigs off to their last day.|
|After round one of summer baskets (we had two rounds this year|
since intermediate school lets out 45 minutes after elementary
school), the girls modeled their mermaid flippers.
|Round two with their baskets and under our balloon wall.|
|Mamas celebrating the start of summer vacation!|
|School's out for summer!|
But in just a few days our schedule will lighten and our pace will slow...just as they should in summer. Here's what I'm looking forward to the most - my usual list - between now and the middle of August:
- Waking up without an alarm clock.
- Visiting our families in Wisconsin and Illinois.
- Swimming, boating, movies, bowling, miniature golf, campfires, the 19th hole, farmers markets, ice cream trucks, live music, cold beer, and date nights.
- Available tables at my coffee shops and shorter wait times at our favorite restaurants.
- Fewer cars on the road and available parking spots downtown.
Things I'm not looking forward to this summer:
- And, you know, the heat. Some things never change.
I gave up on summer bucket lists a few years back, but there are a few things - beyond the usuals listed above and unique to this summer - I'd like to try if our schedule allows:
- Teach the kids to cook something new.
- Make homemade sorbet with Will.
- Plant and grow herbs with Hallie.
- Set up checking accounts for the kids.
- Take the kids to see Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3.
- Take Tom and maybe Will to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Ocean's 8 (all three of us love heist movies).
- Visit Lambeau Field and Bay Beach in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
What are you looking forward to - and what could you do without - this summer?
Looking for a little guidance when it comes to surviving - and loving - summer with your kids? Check out my Mama Bear Summer Survival Guide on the Mama Bear Dares blog!