25 May 2014

Top Ten List for Summer - Summer Linky

I am linking up with Deanna Jump's Summer Linky:  Top Ten List for Summer 2014.   I really don't have any extraordinary plans.   Mine are probably just like a lot of you other teachers out there, so here you have it!!!

Up first I want to spend some quality time with my own two girls.  We are together all the time, but during the school year we are constantly running the roads to dance, gymnastics, or this one has this and that they need to do.  So during the summer everything slows down and I love it!  We spend most of our days just hanging out together either swimming or on the lake.  It is one the perks of being a teacher, I am off when my babies are off.

This leads me into my second thing my family loves to do:  stay on the water.  We will probably swim or boat almost everyday.   During the week it is just the girls and I, but on the weekends it usually is my whole family.  Some of my best memories are our lazy summer days on the lake together with my parents and my brother and his kiddos.   I hope to keep making more of those memories.

The third thing I hope to do is maybe get in a date night with the hubs or maybe a girl night or two in with some friends.  As much as I love spending time with my kiddos, I do love just carry on an adult conversation sometimes.   Plus there are some movies and new restaurants that I have really been wanting to try out.   

Number four on my list is to read a few book, and I hope this does not sound horrible but they most likely will not be anything for teaching education.  I just want to read for pure enjoyment.  I just downloaded the book by Cameron Diaz, The Body Book.   I heard a few ladies at work talk about it and decided to give it a go {it could kinda count as educational - it teaches you about your body - right ;))}!!!  I am only on Chapter 1 so far and it seems ok.  It is not a diet book, but more like a teach you how your body works and what it needs kinda book.   I really need some good pool side reads - maybe a mystery or love story, if you have any suggestions please share?

The fifth thing I want to do this summer is to try to squeeze in a little more exercise.  I have totally slacked this pass year and I can feel it.  By the end of the year I was so tired feeling.  So I hope to get back on the wagon and at least squeeze in a walk or two.

The sixth thing on my list for this summer is when we go on our beach vacation to Destin, Florida.  I want to rent a boat and spend the day at Crab Island.  We did this a few years ago and had the best time.  My husband and I keep saying every year when we return we are going to do it again, but we haven't.  This year I am going to make sure that we do.  {The picture below is an old picture of my daughter and I when we para sailed on Crab Island a few years ago.  She wants to go again!}

The seventh thing on my list is to visit a few of our local farmer's markets.  I only went twice last year. But both times I scored some really great produce and products and plus the girls absolutely loved going.  They really learned some neat thing just by visiting the farmer's market.  I hope to get to visit it more this year.

Number 8 on my list to have a garage sale before school starts.   I have already cleaned out most of my house {I did this over Spring Break}.  I boxed all our stuff up and I was going to take it to Goodwill, but then my mom had this grand idea {insert sarcasm} to have a grange sale.  So now all my junk is sitting in her garage waiting for a garage sale.  She has to clean out her closets and what not.  I told her though, if we don't have it ready to go by the time school is almost ready to start, then to Goodwill it all goes.

Number 9 on my list is to make more products for TpT store.   I have a few thing in the works and hope to have them up very soon.  I am working on a cute digital paper pack that has some cute summer themed colors in it.  I also have another grammar pack that is just about ready to go as well.   So I hope to get some items made up, but notice this is number 9 on my list.   If I get to it I will, but I am not going to stress myself over it.

The final thing on my list is just to try and relax and enjoy the little things around me.  I spend a lot of the school year feeling busy and rushed.  I want to take the next few months just to stop and enjoy the little things, like watching my husband and kids competing who can do the biggest cannon ball in the pool, or actually enjoying a good book from start to finish.   I hope all of you can get a little rest and relaxation too!!

Well that about wraps up my list!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  Be sure to link up and share your Top Ten!! I {heart} comments and followers!!!



  1. We have some of the same things on our lists! I agree with what you said at the end of your post about just relaxing and enjoying the little things. As teachers, we are on auto-pilot all school year long. I know that I am guilty of trying to do the same thing in the summer, when I should really just slow down and BREATHE and be thankful to have some time off. Thanks for stopping by my blog too :-)

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  2. OH I love the idea of farmers markets! We've got a few and I would love to start eating healthier - what a better place to start than a fresh farmers market!! I hope you have a fantastic summer & get to accomplish everything from your list :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  3. Your list sounds so much like mine- except I do not have children at home anymore! I do plan to read a lot- recommendation for you: "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khoseini. It's beautifully written as are all his books.As for exercise I got up this morning and walked- before coffee! I feel great about it!

    Teachers Are Terrific!

  4. You are going to have so much fun again on your trip to Destin. The weather has been beautiful around here lately. You guys should make a trip to Panama City Beach if you have time. They opened a Dave & Buster's at Pier Park yesterday. There are also some amusement park rides out there too. It's less than a 45 minute ride from Destin. I always enjoy the ride through 30-A.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. The time you get to spend at the lake sounds divine!! We went to Destin two summers ago! Those white sand beaches... Absolutely beautiful! Have fun!


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