I’ve become more realistic in my expectations of summer and kids activities. You see, before I had kids I didn’t understand the work it really took in running a house. I thought it strange that my friends with kids took so long to get anywhere or do anything. Having kids myself now, I fully understand the work involved in simply getting out the door!
Here is now how I measure success:
- Everyone is ready – dressed, hair combed and teeth brushed – by 9a.
- It only requires me asking three times for my kids to find their shoes and socks to get out the door.
- I need to re-enter the house only twice for forgot items.
- Leaving the house, even to just go to the bank or mailbox, at least once a day.
- Everyone remembers to go potty before getting into the car, and if it’s Evie, she does her deed before she’s buckled into the carseat.
Really. These are my success indicators. Perhaps you think I’m out of my mind and I’m shooting low, but really, when you have toddlers THESE ARE MILESTONES FOR SUCCESS! I kid you not.
I’m looking forward to doing something fun with the kids everyday this summer. Some days that might mean sitting on the couch under a big blanket eating popcorn in our PJ’s while watching a show. But some bigger items for the summer have been laid out, too.
Watch out, summer, here come the Wise crew!
- Paint rocks to put in the landscaping
- Feed the ducks at different locations
- Finn swimming lessons
- Toddler Time at the Aquatic Center
- Regular splash pad visits
- Tour of a fire station and fire truck
- Summer Movie Clubhouse
- Make popcorn on the grill
- Potty train Evie
- Learn what is planted in our flower garden
- Playground/park tour
- Stay in our jammies the entire day
- Master: double unders, rope climb and pull-ups without a band
- Sit on the porch with Justin drinking wine one night every week
- Family trip to Boston including the Boston Children’s Museum and Evie’s first trip to the ocean
- Sunday evening family picnic dinner at the neighborhood lake
- Make s’mores in the firepit with the kids
- Union Park Carousel
- Make popsicles at least once a month
- Backyard friend grill/gatherings
- Water, weed and harvest the garden with Finn
- Vacation Bible School
What’s on your bucket list this summer? For your family or you personally?