At the same time....I feel a little stressed about getting it all in. I only have 7 1/2 weeks, friends! Only 7
1/2 weeks! My first teacher day is July 31. Aaaagh! I'm going to have to hit the ground running to get all the summer fun & relaxation in!
10 Things I Want to Do This Summer (in no particular order)
SLEEP! Oh, goodness! I feel like I never get enough sleep. I stay up too late, then don't want to get up in the morning. Why is it that it's so hard to get comfortable and relax at night...but in the morning there's NO WAY you're NOT totally and completely comfortable? haha
And I'm such a night owl! Once summer starts, I stay up just a little later, a little later, and a little later until it's nothing for me to stay up until 3 in the morning. My goal this summer is to avoid falling into THAT trap! It makes it so hard to get back in the routine when school starts back up!
FITNESS! I really want to start taking care of myself better than I do now. I'm looking forward to walking and maybe even checking out a gym.
VEGAS! I'm super excited about going to Vegas in July for the first ever TpT conference. It's going to be great meeting bloggy friends in real life. Bloggy friends are the BEST friends! My husband and I are going out early and making a vacation of it. It'll be the first vacation we've taken just the two of us in 27 years! We plan to rent a car and head over to visit my brother and his family in California (it's just a 4 hour drive!), check out the Grand Canyon, and of course, paint the town red in Vegas!
SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH MY BABIES! Are these just the sweetest little faces you've ever seen? Love, love, love my babies! I realize they're not babies, of course. They're going to be four soon. Granddaughter #1 will be four next Tuesday, and #2 will be four exactly one month later. SO much fun! I joke that I'll probably call them "Babies" until they're adults! haha Can't you just picture it? "We're going the the babies' graduation next week"! HAHA. The really funny thing is that they respond to it! Seriously..."Come on babies, let's get in the car." "Babies-- do you want some cookies?"
ORGANIZE AT HOME! I'm planning to get some major organizing done at home. If there's not a place for it...it's gonna go! I'm going to do some serious purging! We have what we call 'The Big Closet' at our house. It's about 12 feet long, has a clothing rod on one side with two shelves on top of that. The other side of the closet is lined with shelves. It's been organized, but over the last year or so, it's come to the point where people are just opening the door and throwing things in (I suspect! haha). I'd love for it to look something more like this one...
ORGANIZE MY VOCAB STUFF @ SCHOOL! I've been using this awesome vocabulary resource by Melissa over at F is for First Grade. It is just simply fabulous. Using books that you probably normally use for read alouds, teach vocabulary from within those rich, engaging stories. She has 52 books, each with 3 robust vocabulary words. If you use one book a week you will only need about 36 of the books, so you can pick your favorites. Included are vocabulary word
cards to print
and create a word wall and printable student activities to extend the vocabulary practice. I've used this pack for the past two years with great results. I've just never taken the time to get the books all pulled together and organized with their word wall cards. I'm on a mission to get that done this summer.
HANG OUT BY THE POOL! Did I mention that I want to spend some quality time hanging out by the pool, soaking up the sun and warmth? I did? Well...it still stands!
VISIT NEW ORLEANS! My blogging bestie and I are heading down to New Orleans to hit this SDE Conference. It's definitely a new adventure for us....we're going to be setting up in the Exhibit Hall! It's definitely going to be a unique experience. I'm really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and maybe some old friends, as well!
MEET UP WITH MY INDIANA BLOGGING FRIENDS! Blogging friends are the BEST! We always have so much fun when we get together!