Monday, May 14, 2012

My Summer Bucket List & Updates

A few quick updates:

1. I updated a few items around my blog, mostly the button and the header. I am feeling restless with summer so close, so I needed a bit of a new look :)

2. I also uploaded the resources I used for my Animal Publishing Party. These include the brochure, foldable, rubric, and parent letter. They are available for free (yay!) in my TpT Store HERE.

Ok, now onto the fun stuff :) Summer!

I love all of these summer-inspired linky parties that are happening right now!

With just a handful of days left, I have a long list of projects and to-dos to make this summer the best one yet, both in and out of the classroom.

In The Classroom
Yay! I am so excited to get my desks out and the tables in! I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to classrooms I love and these have been inspiring me for months- I can't wait to get started. Here are a few of my favorites:

When I went on maternity leave, I had my classroom somewhat organized, but whatever system I had in place went out the window this year. I just made piles.... LOTS of piles. So, this summer I have vowed to get things into binders (I have them and they look great, they are just empty next to the piles!) and to purge the shelves in my classroom of anything that is not directly related to what I teach. No more hoarding :)

Eh, why not? ;)

Outside Of The Classroom 
My daughter is walking and we have memberships/friends with memberships to so many fun places around town. Last year, she was so tiny, but this year she is so much more observant and exciting to watch as she sees something for the first time, so we will be out & about a lot this summer!

Eeek! Camp with a chocolate lab & a one-year-old? I just got us a family tent at Costco the other day (um, impulse buy!) so we're making progress towards what might end up being a horrible idea. BUT, we used to camp pre-baby and loved it, and baby does LOVE the outdoors, so we will see if camping can be done this year. If nothing else, maybe my mom can watch baby and dog and my hubs and I can venture out to some of our favorite campgrounds :)

Our house has a one-year-old and you can tell. Laundry, stacks and piles, weeds outside, doors that visitors are NEVER allowed to open... it would be awesome to get back to a clean house, and not just "ok for guests" clean, but actually clean and organized and tidy!

I heart riding my bike. For miles & miles :) I sold my road bike when I was pregnant (sigh), but I do have my other bike that connects to our Burley so I can pull our little girl around town this summer. I will be scouting out fun (and safe!) paths for our daily travels and hopefully we can get into a routine. I am not a runner, so biking is it and I can't wait to get back into it. Plus, we got our little girl the cutest helmet ever, so that's reason enough :)
What's on your summer bucket list? Just a few days left....


  1. What a great list! I love the media cart skirt!!!

    When my kiddos were a year old and we took them camping I did two different things: 1 - turn the truck bed into a playpen by padding it with pillows and such and placing a tarp over top for shade or 2 - I bought a shade tent the one with the sides and zipped child in. This way he had an area to run but couldn't run off. =)

    Have fun!!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  2. Thanks, Mindy! Great suggestions :)


  3. We took our kids camping as babies, too. It's doable. Misty's suggestions are great, too.

    I love the helmet. Too cute!

    Fun in Room 4B


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