Monday, May 27, 2013

Summer Bucket List

When I go back to school tomorrow, we will officially have eight days of school left.  Both the students and the staff have class until Thursday, June 6th and then we are finished.  This doesn't allow much time for end-of-the cleaning up, but I can manage!  My daughter graduates from 8th grade on Friday, June 7th so I'm glad I don't have to work that day.  I can't believe I will have two kids in high school....Where does the time go?

With summer on the horizon, I'm beginning to think of all the things I want to get finished.  So today I'm linking up with A Cupcake for the Teacher's 2nd Annual Summer Bucket List linky party.

Here are my well-intentioned plans, in no particular order of priority:
1.  Painting My Office:  I have finally chosen the new colors for my office and will begin painting right after school is out (unless I can talk my husband into doing it for me! :)
The darker paint "Lagoon" will be the walls and the lighter paint "Balmy Seas" is for the ceiling.  Just the names make me feel more relaxed....What do you think?
I've already gathered some new "art" for the walls...
2.  TpT Store:  I hope to set up my very own store at Teachers Pay Teachers and want to update many of the things I've created to make them more colorful and better organized. 
3.  Writing:   I will be participating in the National Writing Project at UW-Milwaukee this summer.  I am VERY excited for this opportunity and can't wait to get started!   My goal is to dedicate more time to writing this summer -- ideally every day.  I am thinking about starting a blog about this experience and know of two other bloggers who will be participating in the National Writing Project this summer too.  If you have participated or will be doing so this summer and would like to participate in this blog, please leave me a comment below so we can make plans! 
4.  Get Organized:  I need to live by the motto "When in doubt, throw it out" because I have accumulated TOO MUCH STUFF in my short time of teaching.  This summer, I want to go through files and drawers and get rid of things that I haven't used but always saved "just in case."  I would post pictures of my disorganization, but it is just too embarrassing!  :)
5.  Read:  I love to read all the time, but especially during the summer.  This summer, I plan to tackle these two professional development resources (which as you can see, have much to do with my passion for writing):
 I also have these resources in my cart at Amazon:
6.  Get Together:  I read about this great idea to have a Pinterest party from Sarah at Learning is for Superstars.  It's hard to go from seeing all of my teaching friends every day to not seeing them for three months, so over the summer I want to have a Pinterest party where we all get together to share something we made (crafty or food) from Pinterest.  I think it will be a hit!
7.  RELAX:  With so many things planned, it's important to remember that I need to relax and rejuvenate for next year.  We don't have any family vacation plans this summer because my son and husband will be gone for three weeks to the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
 My daughter will be spending every possible moment that she can at the horse farm because she will be helping with Horse Camp this year. 

Which leaves me to hang out with my two favorite furry friends.

Can't wait!
So what's on your bucket list for the summer?  Head on over to A Cupcake for the Teacher and link up!
Wishing you a wonderful week!


  1. wow... you have A LOT going on. I am about to link up with this Summer Bucket list... always so much to do & little time to do it all!! eek! What a great experience to be able to join along with the National Writing Project. I used a lot of their data in my EdS work a few years back. Great stuff! Love, love, love your office colors. I am taking on painting my new classroom & wanted similar colors to yours, but my other colleagues have a lot of blue, so going a different route... Enjoyed reading your post:)

    Kimberlee @ iTeach 5th

  2. Hah! I love #4 on your list. That's something I need to do. Last year I stayed at school an extra week just to throw out stuff and organize my cupboards. I am the biggest packrat/hoarder. I also think I need to save just in case. Good luck with that. Be ruthless!

    Coloring Outside The Lines

  3. I have to do #4. I must do away with stuff I have not touched in a year. I think your office will be adorable. Love the colors and hopefully your hubby will do it for you.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the colors you've chosen for your office! My craft room is a bright aqua! Good luck with organizing this summer! My files have been a mess since my first year of teaching! Happy Summer!

    Learning is a Journey
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  5. I LOVE the colors you chose for your office! Looks like you have a busy and fun summer planned! I'm going to be opening up a TpT store this summer too with some of the creations I used in my classroom this year! I can't wait to see yours! :o)

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