Well, this summer is drawing to an end. Despite my busyness at work that is only expected to increase in the fall, it was a great time for our family. It’s time to see how we did on our Summer List:
Spend as much time as possible at the community pool.
Staycation in August.
Visit my parents
Fly a kite.
- 5. Go to “you pick” farm.
Go to the beach, dip our feet in cold Pacific ocean.
Make our own moon sand.
Make homemade clay and do heart pendants and other things.
Host a baby shower.
Celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.
- 11. Make homemade soap.
Make homemade face paint.
Celebrate my husband’s birthday.
Try melting crayons in the sun.
- 15. Make lemonade.
- 16. Go to “Forest Theater” (for adults)
Go to “Shakespeare in the park”
See “Harry Potter 7, Part 2” (I can’t wait!)
- 19. Go for a “night walk”
Go to Monterey aquarium
Go to the Gilroy Gardens
I think we did pretty well! I am still hoping to do a night walk and possibly “you pick” farm visit in September. But the most important goal of September is settling down into our new schedule. Anna loves her kindergarten, but she is now in school for 3 days from 8 am to 5 pm (she attends on-premise YMCA for 3 days), and she is quite exhausted when she comes home. Also she told us that school day involves a lot of sitting, so we want to make sure she gets more exercise. It’s awesome that she can walk to school, at least she starts her day by getting her body and mind moving. So here are the goals for September:
- 1. Make sure Anna goes to bed no later than 8 pm on school nights, lights off at 8:30 pm.
- 2. Play outside for 30 min every day in the late afternoon.
- 3. Continue our “rest time” traditions on Tuesdays, Thursday and weekends – we are firm believers in afternoon downtime reserved for quiet play or reading.
- 4. Start “game hour” tradition on Tuesday evenings.
- 5. Give “the last hooray” to our swimming pool and go as often as time and weather permit.
- 6. Start “cooking/baking” tradition on Friday evenings.
- 7. Continue “no TV” life.
- 8. Continue to limit computer time to no more than an hour on weekends.
- 9. Only do additional learning activities if daughter is asking for them.
- 10. Take it slow on weekends – everyone surely needs some downtime in this transition.