This week is our only completely free week of the summer. We didn't have swimming and tennis lessons, we weren't on vacation, we didn't have VBS, and I wasn't babysitting any other kids, so we were preparing for a quiet week. I completely rested and relaxed on Sunday, and then Sunday night I made this list:
At the point I took the picture on Monday morning, I'd already cleaned the kids' rooms, our room, and the bathroom which is why there's an empty space. Oh, and I'd done one "reading time" with the kids. We read to our kids at night but I wanted to incorporate more reading into our days so I've been trying to sit down with them after lunch and read a book or two. Usually, Sam reads one to Rachel and me during this time as well.
It's been a week. And yes, our entire house was in desperate need of cleaning :) The only thing left is the basement which has been a continuing cycle of it not getting clean. Basically, Dave cleans up the kids' mess the night before, I intend to vacuum it in the morning, something more interesting comes up, and by the time I want to vacuum, the kids have already been down there and it's a disaster zone. I'm going to work on that today. I promise :)
I've also accomplished a fair number of things not on the list like reading a chapter book out loud to Sam every night (we just started our third one last night), cooking supper every night, getting a massage, having a couple of play dates, watching too much Gilmore Girls (are you surprised?!?!), and generally catching up on life. I also made the following chore chart (from Pinterest, of course!) for Sam, which has been a big hit. Mostly.
I made a list for our summer called, "Sam and Rachel's Summer of Fun 2014" (not a bucket list! Ha!) and I used different fonts and printed it off all official like. Some of the ideas were mine from Pinterest and some were Sam's ideas. One of the pins I wanted to try was frozen ice chalk. It is a two step process so on Wednesday night we mixed up the chalk to freeze. Dave took pictures and I told him he could not take a video because there was quite a bit of yelling involved. Two excited kids, small containers, and food colouring does not make for a calm experience. Sigh.