Summer Schedule & Bucket List

The idea for a Summer Bucket List came from my bestie, Jenna. You can find her blog post about it here.

At the beginning of every summer I always think, “Oh we have so much time to do so many fun things” and then summer is over and I haven’t really done anything special with the boys. So I thought this summer will be better. I wrote out a schedule, both a weekly and a daily.


My daily schedule is actually written out by the hour so that we’ll follow the same routine each day just like during the school year. Breakfast at this time everyday, backyard play at this time, lunch time, rest time, etc.

As you can see Monday is “Bucket List Day.” Every Monday we will pick one thing to cross off our list.


This is only one page. So far we have 4 pages of things to do. Joshua helped come up with the ideas. He even wanted to help write the list so of course I encouraged that!


Tuesdays are one of my favorite days. They are play group days with all of my favorite teachers. This way us ladies can still see each other and talk over the summer and for the kids it’s one giant play date. We meet up at the park or pool or beach.

Wednesdays I’ve designated for time swimming at my mom and dad’s pool. They put it in in September so this is our first summer with it and I look forward to swimming with my water babes.

Thursdays are grocery days and Fridays will just depend on if Nathan has to work or not and if we are leaving town for the weekend.

I’m looking forward to the summer and know it will go far too quickly. Stay tuned for lots of posts on the fun things we do. 🙂

Last Day of School

And just like that, another school year has come to a close.


It always hits me after they are out the door and the classroom looks empty. Old supplies are thrown away, student projects, folders, and pictures have been taken home. The room is bare. And I realize they aren’t coming back. That’s when my eyes prick with tears. Goodbyes are hard. I’ve spent 9 months with them. They were babies when they came to me. I mean freshly 5 year old babies! I spent 6.5 hours a day, 5 days a week with them for 180 days! Right before my eyes they grew up a little bit more and now they are moving on. It’s hard every year.

Of course there is another side to the last day of school. The side of me that is so excited to be a stay at home mom with my own babies for 2 months. Joshua and I have a summer “bucket list” of all the fun things we want to do. I can’t wait to slow down with the boys. Summer mornings and coffee on the back patio while they play before it gets hot. A lot of swimming in Grammy and Papa’s new pool. Play dates with friends. Camp outs in the backyard. Yes, I’m excited.

I am so thankful to be a teacher. I can’t say it’s a job because I feel like teaching is more of a lifestyle. I get the best of both worlds because I get to be a working mom and a stay at home mom.  I am sad (like really sad!) to see this year’s class go, thankful for my summer and excited for my new group of kinder babies.