Okay, it's still summer for a bit. Fall will officially start later next month (and I will be joining in as always with Katrina's Fall Reading Challenge), but we just returned from our summer vacation and school starts for Amanda on Wednesday, so it's a good time to look back.
I had some goals this summer. I wanted a nice mix of complete R&R and enough activity to keep the kids entertained. I wanted time to read. I wanted to spend some good quality time with the kids -- reading with them and playing games and such. I wanted to keep a clean house and get more organized. I wanted to prepare healthy meals for the family.
Well . . . as I think I've mentioned a few times, it has been a great summer. Amanda had at least one play-date each week, we've swum many times this summer. In addition to vacation, we've visited friends' pools, and I endured the town pool a few times.
I have probably left the children alone to entertain themselves a bit more than I had hoped or planned (meaning that they watched TV and played the computer a good bit), but we had some definite quality time as well. They got to attend the premiere of Fly Me to the Moon in 3-D with me (which I finally reviewed today at 5 Minutes for Mom), which was a highlight for all of us. We had a fun family vacation, and visits from friends, and went camping with friends (with a true Labor Day end-of-summer trip planned for next weekend as well).
I not only prepared some decent meals for my family, but got Amanda involved in cooking as well (a practice that she wants to continue through the fall).
I did a fair job of keeping the house up, and did tackle a few closets and nooks and crannies.
We are racing towards the finish line as far as being ready for school. I purchased school supplies and such before our vacation, but as far as the math facts that I wanted Amanda to review and solidify -- well, that was a good vacation driving activity. We are still working on it.
What about you? Do you feel like summer's over? What went right for you this summer?