Top TEN Things I Want to do This Summer

Hi everyone!  I'm on SUMMER Vacation!!!  And I slept in for the first time in months this morning!  When I got up, after helping my two kids stop arguing, I noticed that Deanna Jump had a linky party going on her blog and I knew I couldn't pass this one up:

So, here are my top ten, in no particular order:

1.  Spend more time with my family-

I love my kids and husband.  I'm also fortunate enough to have a husband who is also a teacher so we should have lots of family time this summer!!!

2.  Go swimming!!!
I went swimming maybe one time last summer.  That's horrible!!!!  So the goal is to go with the kids swimming a lot more!

3.  Learn to run
I've never been a runner but I need more cardio (I've gained a lot of muscle this past spring with my weight training).

4.  CLEAN and organize

 My poor house has been so neglected!  It needs a MAJOR spring, summer and fall cleaning!  And we have so much junk!  We have all the kids clothes from when they were babies! So, if any of you are local (Boulder County, CO) talk to me, I'll set you up: I've got girl and boy clothes!!

5.  Sleep
I'm so far behind on sleep and the ability to fall asleep has been hard lately.  I think this will help me be a happier mom and a happier person in general!


We've had this vacation planned for a year now.  The kids are so excited!!  We were there 2 years ago, Hannah was 2 and Noah was almost 5.  They had such a good time and this time will be even better!!

7.  Eat more fresh or "real" food:
I'd love to do some type of detox (T.M.I.?) and feel better about my eating habits.

8.  Breath. . . . be present.  So much easier said than done, right?!

9.  Work on concept specific lessons, PDF's and manipulatives

It's been about a year since I've made a concept specific file and I would really like to get these organized so I can use them in my teaching.

10.  Get back to the essence of why I got into teaching music
Sometimes I get too hung up in the politics and logistics of teaching.  I need to remember why I got into teaching: it's the marriage of two of my favorite things, kids and music.  I have always loved working with kids.  In fact, I've only held one job in my life (and that was in college) that did not entail working with kids.  I need to relax, not take myself so seriously and focus on who and what I teach.

Thanks to Deanna Jump for helping me focus on this, what a great way to start the summer!


  1. As far as the eating right- you may want to see if Bountiful Baskets has a location near you. A basket with fresh fruits and vegetables is $15 and you get lots! They deliver every 2 weeks. This morning we got apricots, strawberries, blueberries, apples, celery, squash, tomatoes, chiles, peppers, and more!
    I'll be doing a detox at the beginning of next month, I do them every 3-4 months. I do the Advocare herbal cleanse for mine, it is really easy to do and easy on the tummy! Shoot me an email if you have questions!

  2. Love your #10! It truly is easy to lose sight of why we started teaching - listening to all the negatives can weigh you down! I want to get my mindset right this summer too!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

    1. Yes, listening to the negatives get you down for sure! All the politics are so heavy and hard. . . focus on the kids, that's what I'm thinking about!

  3. Sounds like a fun summer! I just linked up too. :)

  4. Great post! Cute link up! I wouldn't have found it without you!

    1. Thanks Lindsay! I follow her Facebook page and that's how I heard about it. Good idea, huh? Did you link up?

  5. We have a lot of the same summer goals! I've linked up too. Have you tried the Couch to 5K app? I used it about three years ago. I had been walking for up to 30-45 minutes a day for several months and decided to give it a try. Although I didn't make it all the way (I found out I was pregnant!), it was a neat way to ease into running! Hope you have a great summer!

    1. Thanks Tracy, I'll have to check out that app! I've gotten a lot of muscle from working with a personal trainer but my abs I'd like to reduce the layer on the muscle ;) Gotta get rid of the mommy-belly!

  6. Love #5! That's what summer is for! :-)

    1. I know, right? Let's see, it's day two and I've taken two naps and had a massage! And I made it to the gym before church today. I'm on fire, lol!


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