Just in time for summer to officially greet us, Savethephillipsfamily is hosting a blog carnival. This carnival, although lacking funnel cakes and bounce houses, is going to serve as a way for all you Mommies (or Daddies, grandparents, crazy uncles, etc) to share your summer plans and any strategy you might have for surviving the summer months with kids.
This year my summer plans are hopefully to have as much of a relaxing summer as possible. My original plan was not to drive at all. Just wanted to enjoy the lazy days, the pool, going for walks, kids bike riding, etc.
I'm debating though on if I want to do that. I love the beach, our beach pass is $20 a season. Last year was the first year in forever that we opted not to get it. I'm kind of thinking, I want to do it. I also love garage sales, and that is part of the way I buy things for ebay. If I really don't drive, then I might not be having any merchandise to sell, lol.
I do plan on enrolling my kids in the summer reading program. There are a few events through summer, the library isn't that far. I also would like to hit at least a few parks. When kids are always together, they tend to fight. I came to the realization that I will need to at least leave the house occasionally, lol.
My oldest is also planning on trying out for competition again this year. If she does, then she will have to go to some summer classes. I'm hoping to be able to avoid all of them because last summer the classes were more then I pay for classes during the fall which is crazy.
On the school work front. I plan on having the girls do some reading, work in some summer workbooks & keep a journal (and a nature journal). Our school also does not teach printing past Kindergarten & they never learn cursive. Luckily for my oldest we moved to this district in third grade, so she had already started learning in 2nd grade. My 1st grader however was not as lucky. I plan on trying to get the girls to practice cursive as well. I mean seriously, how will they sign there name??? Crazy I think, that is something that at least needs to be taught.