Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer goals

Aaaaah, summer. Obviously, this picture is from a spring walk we recently took (jackets), but summer is on it's way. As a teacher, I can tell you exactly how many school days are left (27) even if I refuse to put a countdown in my room. This is the first summer I've had where I have a child (or two) and am returning to work in the fall. I went back after C was born, but since he was an August baby, I had no children all summer. Then when M was born in September, I didn't go back to work, choosing to stay home for a year.

But this summer, not only do I have TWO children to entertain, I am returning to work in the fall, which means trainings, conferences, research, planning, and a deadline. Added to that, I've decided to pursue my media specialist license, so I will be taking a class or two as well. Andplusalso, I co-own an event design and planning business, and we have 4-5 weddings on deck for weekends.

Fortunately, my daycare provider is amazing, and has given me a great deal on part-time care for the summer, so I will have two days to work every week, and three days to spend with my kids. I kind of feel like I'm the luckiest woman on the planet to get to divide my time like that and be able to affordably not completely disrupt my children's routines.

But, I'm a planner by nature (you've seen my planner layouts. I love me some plans) so I wanted to get some goals for the summer down in writing. Or typing. However you want to describe it.

My last day of work for the summer is June 10. I can't stay later than that, as my classroom will be under construction all summer (I'M GETTING WALLS!) so I have to be 100% packed up and moved out so they can start. Ok by me, because I'm building me a list.

1. I need to repaint my kitchen island. When we replaced the countertop, there is a small ~1/2 inch area that isn't painted because the laminate top had an overhang. Time to clean this baby up and repaint it.

2. Plant and mulch the "strip" in the backyard. Hopefully, this will actually get done in the next week. We have a sidewalk to the garage in our backyard, and a 3 foot strip of "grass" between it and the fence. Grass just plain refuses to grow there, and so we are changing it up. We have 6 or 7 (I can't remember) hydrangea bushes to plant bricks to line it with, and plan on adding mulch to pretty it up. Thankfully, we have leftover bricks from a front walk project, and our city gives residents mulch for free. Hopefully the bushes will grow quickly and provide a little privacy from the neighbors, quiet down the dogs because they won't see every.little.thing, and make maintenance of that area easier.

3. Caulk the tub. Seriously, a few weeks ago we replaced some falling tiles in our main bathroom. (We'd had and fixed a leak), and also needed to re-caulk the whole tub. We accidentally used clear caulk, and I prefer white caulk, so I need to re-do that. This has been on my to-do list weekly for quite awhile, but I keep forgetting to find the painter's tape so I can keep the lines clean.

4. Replace a light fixture in the kitchen. We bought the house with a light fixture that looks like it's from the Skyview motel circa 1967. It's not pretty. I have my eye on this baby from Amazon but I will need some help battling anything electrical. Youtube, here I come. (And a neighbor who is handy at these sorts of things.

5. Deal with the "garden" in the back of the yard. I haven't planted anything back here for a couple years. (Dudes, I was pregnant FOREVER) I've always planted tomatoes back there, but the soil lacks calcium, and the tomatoes always rot. So i quit, and I just haven't gotten back to it. I'd like to plant something easy, and preferably perennial, that thrives in the sun. Suggestions welcome. (Except lilies, I have a lily garden already).

6. Put the canopy on the swingset. We recently bought a used swingset, and while it's awesome, and beautifully cleaned up, it needs a new canopy. I ordered the outdoor fabric for it, but I need actually cut, hem, and attach it. Today would have been a good day for it, but I ran out of time.

7. Replace the hammock. Sadly, ours has holes in it. Nuts.

8. Paint C's room. The paint is in desperate need of touch ups, and as much as I love the jazzy aqua, it doesn't go with the navy and orange he chose for his big boy bedroom.

9. Organize the "lobby". It's seriously embarrassing. Like, really, really, bad. It needs a function that works, and after almost 6 years in this house, it's time we find one.

10. Enjoy my kids, and my summer. This is really number one on my list, and I almost didn't mention it at all, because really, it's a given.  I love my family, and I have every intention of spending as much time having fun with them as I can.

What is on your agenda for the summer? Or, what is a good perennial that is low-maintenance that I can plant in a very sunny garden?

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