Tommy is finishing up seventh grade.
And Natalie is finishing up second grade.
I have mixed feelings about the summer but in an attempt to remain positive, I decided to do a post on things I LIKE about summer break. (But be warned: there will probably be a post coming about things I DO NOT like about summer break.)
1. No more homework!
You guys know I dread homework. Especially when it looks like the above. I have to sit with Natalie to ensure she gets it done. Some people are like, "Just have her do it herself. Don't sit with her. If she doesn't complete it, it's on her." But I can't. I'm one of those people who have to make sure something is finished, otherwise I feel twitchy.
2. We get to sleep in.
We love to sleep. My kids will sometimes sleep until 9, and if they wake earlier, they're old enough to get their own breakfasts and turn on the TV. I usually come downstairs around 915. This feels amazing, because during the school year I am up at 630.
3. We can do what we want.
I don't have to worry about planning things on weekends. Now we can take trips during the week. Normally it's just the errands I usually run: the grocery store, Target...but sometimes I'll take the kids to the movies or to a park. (The above picture was when we took a trip to Dallas and went to Medieval Times. It was a lot of fun! The knight threw Natalie a flower.) We have a trip to Texas for our annual family reunion planned in July as well, so that should be fun.
4. Stay up later.
I'm a night owl. I force myself to go to bed at 11 so I can wake up at 630. Since I get to sleep in over the summer, I usually stay up until midnight. I don't feel so rushed to get everything done because I have more time. The kids, however, are still sent upstairs at 8. Mommy needs her peace, you see. However, on Fridays we have movie nights and they stay downstairs later.
5. I don't have to make lunches.
No, I don't make fancy lunches, but sometimes it totally slips my mind and I'm like, "Crap! I need to make two lunches!" Tommy is pickier, so I have to be sure to make his stuff properly, and Natalie is sometimes like, "No peaches for me. Applesauce!" I could have them make lunches themselves, but if I did that, they'd put in cookies and brownies and call it a meal. (I mean, I have called those items a meal before, but I'm an adult..)
Are you excited about summer break?