Thursday, July 15, 2010

We Have A Plan


I started July with a note to this putrid, I mean, pleasant mid-summer month. I made it clear to July that, granted, we don't get along, but things can change and I am going to make an effort. Here we are and it is already the 15th. I have made it halfway through! Most of it has been a blur, but I am happy to be through it. Last week, our family and a friend got together for a special meeting. These meetings are usually reserved to work on family issues surrounding Andrew, but this time, I requested the meeting be to help me out. Together, we formulated a plan for the rest of the summer. I have always thought I should do this, but never really made it a reality. I thought I would share the plan with you in case any other Mom might be struggling to tackle and cope with July.

Weekly Themes & Activities for Summer 2010
July 19-25: Cooking Week
Plan the week's menu with the kids, visit the farmers market, create a family cookbook, have kid-cook nights where each child plans and cooks the meal from start to finish, make more jam.

July 26 - Aug 1: Camping At The Cottage
Our family is planning a trip to Keuka Lake for the week. Activities will include: sleeping out in the tent, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, smores, camp fires, a birthday celebration for Andrew (turning 11!), fishing, exploring, and more.

Aug 2-8: Tourist @ Home
Visiting local attractions all week! Eastman House, Planetarium, Zoo, Highland Park, Mount Hope Cemetery (I am if-y on that one), go on an Art Walk, go to the local beach.

Aug 9-15: Picnics & Parks Week
Just like it sounds... pick a different park to have a picnic at each day that week. If it is hot, the parks will be beach side. If it is rainy, who knows.

Aug 16-22: Sports Week (Bead Fest week for me, so this is Ron's week)
Play: tennis, mini golf, bowling, bike rides, board games, baseball

Aug 23-29: Person Of The Day, Week
Monday, Ron. Tuesday, Andrew. Wednesday, Lauren. Thursday, Kerry. Friday, Jacob. The person of the day gets to pick which activities we will do and what meals we'll have.

Aug 30- Sept 5: Media Week
Make home movies, visit the city library, rent video games, go to the drive in, have a family photo shoot.

And just like that, they will be back to school. Anyone else have a set plan for summer? Share it on your blog and leave a link in the comments! The more support we can give each other, the better.


hello gorgeous said...

I love this are done and dusted lady! July, what's July you will sale through like a breeze!

I wanna live with you for the summer months! ha! ;o)


hello gorgeous xxx

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Sounds like a great plan! If the kids are on board it will be fabulous. Keeping busy is the key. Have Fun:)

deehebard said...

Leave it to you too formulate a VERY creative plan for the summer. Sounds like a great adventure!

Christine said...

Kerry, that is awesome. I do something similar with my little two, because otherwise we'd go insane. For them we do a daily theme that repeats each week....
Monday is Pool Day,
Tuesday is Library Day,
Wednesday is usually Movie Day (with popcorn!),
Thursday is Go Out With Friends Day, and
Friday is Fountain (water play) Day.

Usually there is an Art Day in there somewhere, and we are planning a family camp out in the backyard the last week of August.

Have fun with your plan! It's looks great!

TesoriTrovati said...

Makes me wish my 'plan' didn't include going to an office each and every single stinkin' day. Makes me wish my kids didn't have to either (a) sit home by themselves or (b) go to Summer Blast where I pay a minimum of $150 a week per kid for them to be there. July might be tough, but you sound like you have the best plan ever. (Can you adopt me?)
Enjoy the day!

Courtney said...

Have to admit, like Erin's comment. Your plan sounds absolutely wonderful. My kids would love that! I would love the time with them (not in the office) Enjoy every wonderful moment! (can I come up? :))

Creatissimo said...

Wow, great plan! I'm still working on my summer plan... hm, I wonder if I finish it before the end?!? ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this plan -- not only will you keep your kids busy, but I'm sure they'll have many great memories of this summer, too.

sandi m said...

Do you know you could be a PROFESSIONAL organizer???!! Really.

What a great plan and to have everyone's cooperation.

PS - Love those clocks.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Boy, I would be tempted to do it by DAY instead of week.

Cooking day, park day, sports day, media day, person day.

VERY ambitious Kerry! You're a good mom. You will get through it!

Emakaye said...

Brilliant! That sounds like a great way to plan the summer. I get a little lost sometimes....not knowing what to do next. It drives me nuts when the kids just play video games.

Karin said...

When I lived in Fairport, on the last day before the first day of school, I would take my girls out to the beach at Charlotte for a walk in the sand and an Abbotts. Might fit into your "tourist at home" idea, but nice to do right before school starts.

Cindy said...

Such creative ideas, Kerry! When you organize it this way, you make a conscious effort to get to those places you've always wanted to visit. A bit too planned for me though...I don't want to count the days/weeks til summer is over!

Kristen said...

Kerry, this sounds like a GREAT plan for the rest of your Summer. I wish I could manage to get half of those things into a list here. But I may try some of the cooking ones and I think the kids would really enjoy the person of the day! I hope you enjoy your adventures! :)

Copper Diem said...

That sounds like so much fun! Can I come to Kamp KAB? I'll keep my room clean, eat my veggies, and share my toys with the kids! LOL

Janet said...

Kerry you are such a sweet Girl~Momma with a plan! You are a wonderful Mother I see! Your so Blessed..

Alice said...

What a great plan you have! We had planned a summer vacaion, but that all came to a halt when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. We are all hunkering down and saving time to be with her.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

RockerJewlz said...

I LOVE it! Each activity sounds doable and not draining. GREAT ideas.