At the beginning of the summer I made a decision that I wanted this one to be fun for our family. We've had a horrendous couple of years and I felt like we really needed to actually enjoy a summer for a change.
Well, today is the last holiday before the Fall season starts and in looking back, I think we accomplished what I wanted. We didn't get to do everything I planned. Some of that was because this was the first year that the boys had jobs. Also, Nathan's participation in the local fire department and all the parades limited our time.
I looked back at my list from the end of June and decided to see what we actually did. I highlighted the things accomplished in red.
► Emily going to camp for a week in July.
► Stephen going to adventure camp for a week in July. He will be roughing it by backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains.
► Nathan is marching in a parade and helping out with the town carnival run by the fire department. He actually marched in 7 parades!
► Trip to the New York Aquarium & Coney Island beach and boardwalk.
► Hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
► Trip to a local lighthouse by the Hudson River.
► Taking Emily & her friends rollerskating one day in the next few weeks.
► Trip to visit inlaws and spend the day at an amusement park.
► Renting a cabin by a lake for a week. (Praying for this one as $ are tight)
► Local lake & beach for a barbecue. Well, we actually went to the beach for the day while visiting our inlaws so it counts.
► Lots of home barbecues with friends. We had a church barbecue here with I consolidated it into one event! ;-)
► Berry picking (okay, I think this is fun but I'm not sure about anyone else)!
► Trip to ocean one day.
We also did some unplanned things.
► Trip back out to see inlaws this past weekend.
► Children got to go kayaking.
► Lots of fun with cousins.
► Went to the movies.
Then on top of the fun things, we got a lot of projects done.
► Painted both sides of the fence surrounding the front yard.
► Dug up the weeds, planted flowers, and mulched along front fence.
► Dug up weeds and mulched flower garden.
► Stripped wallpaper, primed and painted two rooms in the building next door.
► Ran 3D Girls every Wednesday night.
► Numerous sewing projects.
► Hours spent pulling the weeds in the garden.
► Spent a morning in front of the local store collecting for school supplies.
► Spent a day at the park, working at our church's Summerfest 2010.
► Hours spent canning.
So overall it was a great summer! We were busy, productive, and had fun. We hate to see it end.