Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ten Things I Want to do this Summer!

Happy First Week Out of School!
If you are out, that is.
I am linking up with Deanna Jump at Mrs. Jump's Class for a look at what I want to do this summer!

1. READ!
I'm a reader, y'all. Always have been. It is normal for me to read every morning and every evening. This summer I am prepared! I made a trip to Hoover about a month ago and came away from my favorite store with an armload of books.
I have already read two of those in that stack and started the third one two days ago. I also have about 10 books on my Nook that I will tackle. 
Most exciting thing though is this:

That is Book 8 in the series and it will be for sale on June 10th. Spectacular book series. My fav!

2. Do something just for me every week!
First up is a visit to the chiropractor. I know that is pretty lame, but he does make my back feel better! 
Second on my ME list is a facial.
That's the place I go to for facials! It's an awesome little salon in my town called "The French Door". (The owner's last name is French!) 
After the facial I am shopping for a new computer!! Very excited about this!

3. Finish watching two shows I have DVRed.
One is my favorite of all time:
It's a two-hankie show and I love it. Beautifully written and I swear those folks are real family. 
I also need to watch the final 6 episodes of "Lost"! (Boy, am I behind on that one!)

4. TpT!
I have a notebook full of things to finish.
I enjoy every minute of it, however. It has been so much fun to create and offer things to others through TpT! I am also updating things in my store- like making thumbnails square:

I am also adding my button to product covers!
It's really easy to make those covers square, by the way!

5. Design a Plan Book!
Okay, so last summer I ordered one of those expensive planners from a well-known company. I did love it, but.......
I only teach Science.
I don't need all those extra pages of things like graph paper, check off lists, and lesson grids.
I need something specific for teaching three grade levels and only science to those three grades. I need a way to keep up with where each class got to in the activity. So, I am going to design my own planner! 

6. Sew Curtains!
Last summer I decided I needed to cover the windows in the lab I use for my classroom. The playground is right outside my lab and I knew I needed a way to block the vision of curious students.

There's a before and after.
The problem came with the windows OVER the door. Sunlight streams in through those little windows so brightly ALL DAY that we cannot work. So I covered them with scrapbook paper.
This summer I am going to get the same fabric and make little strips I can thread onto tension rods and insert there.

7. Plan for STEM Changes!
Last summer I planned for STEM activities.
I spent enormous amounts of time finding and inventing STEM tasks and challenges.
So, before school starts I am going to plan for things that went wrong this year that I didn't think about until it was too late:
Like......I need a lab discipline plan!
That's not my clip chart, but I NEED ONE!
So, that is just one of the things on my list to make for my lab!

8. Clean out my storage room!
It's awful!
It's one room in our upstairs space that we have always used just for storage- mainly because some things we store cannot get too hot or they will ruin (like skis). This little room is cooled and heated. BUT IT NEEDS WORK!

One good thing...that really large pile of stuff in boxes in the front is all my third grade teacher items that I will be hauling to my daughter's new classroom! SOON!

9. WALK!
Every morning....
before coffee......
And I have to do this because otherwise I will have wasted these cute shoes:

I am going to volunteer at the Animal Shelter this summer. Not sure what that will entail (pun intended), but at least a few times I am going to go and pet the cats.
Here's my precious cat that I rescued from the animal shelter two years ago:

Well, that's my summer Bucket List! What's on yours?


  1. I love your list! I'm with you on walking. I told myself that I need to do some form of physical exercise each day since I'm off now. But it's just so easy to watch daytime talk shows and eat potato!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  2. You are so right about just watching TV! That is why I am going to get up and walk before even having coffee. Then it is over! And I think I will feel better!

  3. I have those same shoes!! Their cuteness is one of the main reasons I've been going to the gym lately - I love wearing them so they are a great motivation. :)

    You should definitely come visit Australia, it's beautiful!

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  4. Australia is a dream trip! We went to Hawaii ten years ago- maybe we will make it to Australia before I need a cane!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Carol...I use and I love it. It's only $12 and they give you a free month trial. It saves each year's plans for reference back. I have also been checking out Day Book Pro that allows you to store documents, videos clips, etc. You might want to check those out before you slave over making a whole planbook on your own.
    I haven't ever watched Parenthood, but it's on my list in Netflix. I might need to check that out this summer. I'm not going anywhere exotic, but I will be going to California to spend a month with my parents this summer!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. Alison! Thank you so much! I will check on those plan book ideas tomorrow! I just know I do not need to spend $60 on a plan book that was a lot more fluff than useful. Some people love those, but I did not find it as useful for my classroom set-up.

    You must watch Parenthood, but beware: you will occasionally cry-- maybe a lot!


  7. My favorite thing about Planbook is you can quickly move things to the next day if something comes up. You create a template and it stays the same each day or week unless you change it. You can even color-code each time block. Best of can check it on any computer that has internet, so no dragging it back and forth anywhere. Can you tell I love it??? Lol!

  8. Got your message on my blog...I always try to reply to you by email, but you are set to "no-reply blogger". Just wanted to let you know I'm so excited you are enjoying Planbook. Their customer service is awesome too if you ever need any help with anything! :)

  9. You NEED to go to Niagara Falls, stat! I am orginally from Upstate NY and have been to the falls twice, once as a girl trip and once with my husband. It is so beautiful and so much fun. Two must dos: Maid of the Mist and The Cave of the Winds. SO SO SO AMAZING! Also very glad to see the picture of your storage room because that is what my spare/craft room looks like and ugh it needs to be cleaned but I don't wanna.

  10. If you're a big fan of romantic novels, you should give The Last Letter From Your Lover a try. It's written by Jojo Moyes. It has a lovely plot, quite tragic actually, but it's one of my favorites. Anyway, I love the list you posted. I should've listed down what I wanted to do for summer as well, but I don't think I'd have the chance to follow them through. Haha. Although, I'm sure I'd have "a visit to the chiropractor" on my list as well. We should all have the chance to relax, right? :)

    Alfonso Warren @ Arkansas Pioneer Chiropractic Health Centre


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