Thursday, June 07, 2007

Blogging break - summer version

Don't know where I got the idea that summer would bring a welcome break to the frenzy of the school year's schedule for us over here at the Raising Five house. Boy, was I mistaken!

No, we don't have as much of a schedule (unless you count M-F, 8-9 AM swim team practice - YIKES - did really I agree to that??). One is playing softball, another volleyball, we have our vacation planned, VBS, and a few cheap fun things scheduled throughout the summer.

But that's part of the problem. Lack of structure is killing us right now. My house needs serious attention, my laundry is backed up. My list of to-do's is growing ever longer with each minute that I procrastinate it. Add two kids with strep, and one recovering (quite nicely) from surgery, and I've dug a bigger hole for myself than I can successfully climb out of without some serious focus.

While I'm gone, I'll be working on some summer goals. Fun is a given, although I've found that unless we plan for it, it doesn't happen. We swim several times a week, but I try to take the kids "out" once a week (maybe out to ice cream, or to a park). We also try to do one special outing with the whole family (including Dad) once a month (Putt-Putt or bowling, etc.) during the summer.

Since the bigger kids are so busy during the school year, I've come to rely on summertime to get the kids back into their chore routines and teach them some life skills. Funny, some of the things that are hard to do during the school year (anything more than minimal chores) are easier during the summer. And some of the things that are easier during the school year (family devotions) are harder. Is there no rest for the weary?

The two older ones have already been informed that they will be doing their own laundry. Here's our son's version of "done with laundry." As you can see, I've got some teaching to do.

I'll be in and out - mostly out - for the next week or so, but I'll be checking email and hopefully popping in on you!

What are some of your summer goals?


Jan/ said...

Why is it that I always think I will get more done in the summer than during the school year? Summer brings lots of visitors, lots of family visits, more time to read, sew, crochet....and more opportunities for long lovely naps!

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I could have written this post. I may just copy and paste into my blog and say "ditto this post". My house is a mess, my laundry is overflowing, I am in the kitchen all day, our activities schedule is full, but I am absoltuely loving it. But I do need to bring some "just a little" structure to it all. And I am with you, I try and focus on some life skills in the summer that I don't get to during the school year.

Enjoy your break! I may be joining you.

Susanne said...

Summer goals? Uhmmm, to survive with my sanity intact. :v}

Seriously, I work through the summer so I still don't have a whole lot of time. I haven't even thought of goals. Maybe I need to sit down and take a look at that instead of just flying through by the seat of my pants.

Anonymous said...

I was so looking forward to the lazy days of summer when I could spend more time with our children - what happened to that plan??? We're busy with scout camps, science camps, and Tae Kwon Do.

Of course we have this mistaken idea that next week (next month, etc.) will be better. It's usually just as a crazy . . . well maybe a different crazy.

Hopefully we'll find some time to play together at the waterpark, work together in the yard (that's togetherness, right?), paint some more on the house, and get some more de-cluttering done (now that I have my 7-year-old on board with this idea). I'll let you know how it goes :).

kittyhox said...

I'm not taking classes this summer, so my goal is to focus on homemaking. I'm dreaming of a house as organized and spic-and-span as it used to be before our whirlwind of a one year old was born.

My other goal is to have fun! Spend time outdoors. Plan outings with my little one. I want to read a ton of fiction and see as many movies as possible.

Good luck with your goals and enjoy your break!

Rachel Anne said...

Summer Goals:
1. try not to get too uptight about the mess
2. try not to get too uptight about the constant dishes
3. try not to get too uptight about the work
4. try not to get too uptight about the laundry
5. try not to get too uptight about having fun
6. try and get everyone to pitch in to all of the above.

My motto: aim low

Jeremy@Life of an Ant said...

Sounds like school is a better reprieve than summer from all of the activities. =o)

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Summer goals...hmmm...I may need to post about this. But briefly:

Try to do one outing with my girls each week. Uhm...starting next week.

Get each girl in a sports camp of some type, so that they can try out a new sport without skipping a season of softball.

Get my house better organized.

That's a start, anyway. Good luck with yours!

Jennie said...

i love summer! of course it is not AS fun as an adult... we still have to work and such!

have fun!

Joyfulness said...

Summer goals... hmmm... mainly to have this baby and survive the transition to life with four little ones. I must admit I'm quite anxious about that. My husband has stepped up to the plate and is working hard to get our 5 & 3 year old to be more responsible and helpful, starting with their morning and evening jobs (we use what you suggested - the five jobs for each finger on their hand thing), since I've been too lazy lately to enforce anything. (Sure, stay in those pj's all day, that's less laundry, right?) He's actually having great success with our 5 yr old but the 3 yr old is not getting it. Oh well, maybe once he's older...

Melissa said...

I'm still working, but at least we don't have homework to deal with! We spend many evenings on the softball field watching hubby and our church teams.

My daughter is going away at 2 different times for a week of summer camp, so I'm hoping to get my home business caught up & get the house more organized. And READ!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I can totally appreciate where you are coming from - and I only have a not-in-school-yet-toddler! But everyone and everything else in our life is on summer schedule, so we are a bit off, too.

We are moving this month, so I will surely be more out than in, but my main goal for the summer is to purge, purge, purge until the only "stuff" in our new home is "stuff" that we really, really use or that really, really brings delight.

voni said...

Nice "done laundry":) My Son has a version much similar to that.
I like Rachel Annas motto "aim low" My laundry has increased by nearly double due to summer sports and daily trips to the pool....Sigh
The upside my daughter is getting better at folding:)

Qtpies7 said...

My summer goal is to survive.
Food is so expensive, x's 9 mouths to feed. Gas is really expensive, so very little activities, even the free swimming costs a bunch of gas money.
So, we are stuck not doing anything outside of town or that costs money, trapped with each other for 3 months..... its a recipe for disaster for sure.
I'm pushing the teens to get jobs, lol.

Beck said...

My summer goal is just to make sure the kids have fun and to not get too crabby. That's it!
Enjoy your blogging break!

Unknown said...

Laundry is on our list too! My 8 1/2 year old and I have talked about some responsibilities that she needs to work on this summer. I'm hoping that without the long period of time away from home at school (8:30 - 4), I will have more time to help her to get into a routine. Some fun things, like letting her make dinner once a week are on the list, too.

Julie said...

Oh Katherine,
Our sons could be best buds. My son sees no point in using drawers at all...they just 'slow him down'. Teen age logic is a very strange thing.

I know what you mean about summer craziness. Our daughter did a dance camp last week, our son works practically full-time, things don't seem to slow down much...including the laundry.

My summer goals are so simple: Recover from surgery, clean out some closets, pull my house together. I'm an organizing freak and since it's been 3 weeks with one arm, I'm trying not to panic as neatness disinegrates before my eyes. LOL

Enjoy your time off!

Julie @ A Joyful Life

Unknown said...

Just found your blog; it is awesome! We have four kids and it is crazy enough, don't know how you do it with 5!

I read another blog that you might like if you haven't seen it yet:

She's very funny and has helped me a lot with her advice.

One of my summer goals is to potty train the baby, my last time potty training. A bittersweet time!

Hope you have a fun summer!


Julie said...

Oh my, I totally agree with summer being hard to get things done. I also have come to the conclusion that we need some sort of schedule.

I have planned beach days for Wednesday and have informed all that Monday's will be reserved for cleaning, laundry and catching up. They were all thrilled.

Have a great Monday!

Praise and Coffee said...

Is survival a goal???

Looking forward to a fun filled summer with some one on one time with each of the kids.

Anonymous said...

Have a great summer, Katherine! Life just doesn't slow down. We are continuing piano/voice and doing a summer ballet workshop over the summer. Also trying to work on implementing good chore habits. Thanks for the encouragement I receive through your blog and emails. Love, Belinda