Tomorrow is Novalie’s last day of school. I am extremely, extremely overjoyed about having Novalie home all day. I just don’t feel ready like I have in years past. By this time, I usually have a pretty good map of how our summer is going to go. This summer, I just don’t know what it is going to be like. This is our first summer here. We need to feel out what is going to work for us and what is not. All the places and activities we have tried here have SO MANY people. I have to just find a way to get used to that. I don’t like people. Wait…I mean I like people, I just don’t like them near me. 😉
I am on the ball and have this little cuteness ready to send to school with Novalie tomorrow for her teacher (who is the absolute best and I would be ok with Novalie flunking 3rd grade just to have her again):
Speaking of Pinterest, let’s talk about it for a moment. I am banning it for the summer. Well, I will look up specific things if I get stumped on creative art projects for Novalie, but that’s it. With summer approaching and all the “100 things to do with your kids this summer” lists circulating, it made me start to think I was a “bad” or “not fun” mother if I didn’t have a similar list. I started one on a post-it note on my laptop desktop. It has 48 really fun, cool things on it. But, come on….I have never had a list before and Novalie and I have really fun, awesome summers. I don’t need a list. And I don’t need to feel bad about myself because it works for some families. I also don’t need to put together a beautiful food display with perfectly themed birthday cupcakes with perfect decorations for Novalie’s birthday. Kids don’t care about that stuff, so why do parents run themselves ragged to put it together? I get it if it is your passion or if you like to make things beautiful, but it is not mine and I am not about to start because of Pinterest. Because I let it influence me, I am going to stay off it this summer and not read about all the home summer camps you can put together for your kids because I will think Novalie is missing out and she is sooo not missing out. That girl has a blessed, rich life. My happy pinning days are behind me for awhile. (there are so many fun summer ideas out there in Pinterest land and I love so many of them, but I am going to only go there if I need a specific idea) I think I need therapy.
Now that that is out of my system……where was I? Oh yes, summer vacation. I did manage to organize what Novalie’s morning daily chores are because if I don’t start them on Monday morning, I am toast if I want them to happen. In the past two summers that we have done this, Novalie has been a champ at it. If I establish the routine right off the bat, she gets it that she has to do the things on the list before anything else can happen. And also, if the routine is set, when we miss a day she knows she has to go right back to it the next day. I give her the flexibility to do the list in any order she chooses. She likes that because it puts her in charge and she is much more cooperative. The only thing she doesn’t have a say in is our 2 miles of exercise. It has to be done first thing because it gets too hot.
Let the summer vacation begin. I know it is going to be great, I am just feeling a little nervous about the unknown’s. Whatever we end up filling our fun time with, it will be fun and fantastic because how could it not be with Novalie as my daughter?!
Happy Summer Vacation!