Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Bucket List Linky

I'm really dreaming of summer this Memorial Day weekend.  It was a very LONG week at school.
My husband and I always start off each summer with a list of chores- paint the living room, organize the pantry, clean out all the closets- all the things that we are either too busy or too tired to take on during the year.  We are both teachers so we are lucky to have the whole summer off together. (We'll never be rich, but that's OK!)  The problem is that he can't relax and enjoy his summer until he has crossed things off his list and being the procrastinator that I am, I want to jump in and start having fun right away!
So here's my summer bucket list, minus all the chores, to link up with Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher!

1.  Camping in Colorado
We have visited Colorado 3 times over the years, but we have never actually been able to stay and explore. Once we drove to Colorado Springs for a wedding, but had to return right after because my husband was coaching that summer.  Both times we took our daughter to CSU in Fort Collins, we had to keep our visits short.  Last summer the fires kept us from visiting at all.  But we will be going this summer- hopefully during the last few weeks of June.  We will camp near Fort Collins and then visit the Rocky Mountain National Park.  We are thinking about driving to Santa Fe on our way home.

2.  Visiting family in Pennsylvania
A trip to Pennsylvania is almost always part of our summer routine.  I've lived in Texas for over 30 years, but Pennsylvania is still "home."  Last summer we drove through the Smoky Mountains on our way; this year I'm hoping to drive up to Niagara Falls and Canada as part of our trip.

3. Summer learning
I think summer is a great time to investigate new teaching ideas and tools.  I have a couple of books on my summer reading list so far including Building Mathematical Comprehension by Laney Sammons.  Our district is presenting a Writing Academy and I am hoping to learn some ways to make my writer's workshop more fun and productive. I have a whole list of technology tools to check out- tools to enhance instruction and tools that can help me become a more efficient and organized teacher.   We are receiving an Ipad to use in our classrooms next year, so even though I won't actually have it yet, I want to learn as much as I can about using a single Ipad in the classroom.

4.  Project completion
I WILL complete at least one of my quilting/cross-stitching/sewing/crocheting/crafting projects this summer.  Maybe even the cross-stitch Christmas angel started over 10 years ago!

There are a lot more activities on my list, but these are my top 4.  What's on your summer bucket list?
Cute clipart from Yvonne Dixon!

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  1. Hey, we're heading to Colorado, too! But we're not camping - staying in a motel. It's supposed to be pretty cool when we go. Have a great trip. Sara

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't wait to go to Colorado. My daughter is staying at school this summer so we'll get to spend time with her, too. Hopefully it will be cooler than Texas when we go!

  2. Sounds like you have a busy and fun summer planned. I know what you mean about starting the summer off with housekeeping chores that you don't have time for during the list is 17 items long! I also WILL finish a quilting project this summer....Hopefully! :)

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    1. I REALLY need to finish a project! I had hoped to go on a quilt retreat this summer but it didn't work with my schedule. Maybe I can convince my family to give me a retreat at home!