It’s already been a week! Wow!! We have been keeping our Summer Doozy list up on the computer screen to remind us of our summer goals. Many of the items on there are ongoing things that I really can’t cross off, so I’m missing the gratification of adding the strike through line!
Here are some on going things we have been actively pursuing and accomplishing:
~Working in a “zone” of the home 15 minutes a day.
I love this one, this week our zones have been the craft closet, our study closet, my youngest room, and my room. I just gather all 3 girls, set the timer for 15 minutes and we work as fast as we can in the zone that I choose for that day. (usually we would stay in the same zone all week, but because of doing this regularly all year, our zones do not have a week’s worth of stuff to do…that truly is a miracle, never thought I would be able to say that:)
~3 chores a day per girl
Example of some daily chores…gathering hangers for the laundry room, emptying the shoe basket, cleaning the pile on the stairs, scrubbing the bathroom sink, sweeping living room and dining room, emptying dishwasher. Simple chores that take just a few minutes, but keep our home in order.
~Love on neighbor kids.
We have had so many friends over this summer. My girls are LOVING it!
~Drag a girl into the kitchen with me every time I cook or bake
I had at least one of my girls helping me with the following food items this week: chai tea, strawberry bread, butterscotch bars, lentil soup, spaghetti sauce, popsicles in a cup, pancakes, scrambled eggs.
~Continue to establish morning and evening routines.
They are established and working like magic. One of these days I will have some posts written by my husband on all our family routines and practices. He takes his time but it is always worth the wait!
~Start my day with God time.
I’ve been grabbing a book on God’s grace from my headboard each morning before I even sit up. It is a short but beautiful way to start my day.
~Write posts on what I am grateful for on a regular basis.
I posted my first one this week. It has been great fun keeping my eye out for God’s small gifts to me throughout the day.
We had my nephew spend the night. OH boy is he a cutie!
~Keep calendar as balances as possible.
Doing it. Yipee!
~Create time for reading every day
It has been so much fun the last 3 days to have my girls grab their books and I grab mine, set the timer, and all read (silently) for at least 30 minutes a day. It is precious to watch my seven year old concentrate so hard on her “big girl chapter book.”
~Read at least 3 novels this summer
I am halfway through “The Help” and I’m loving it!
So as you can see, we have been busy! I want you all to know that even though I am not able to comment on each of your links this summer, that I visit every one of them and I am so thankful for your participation each Tuesday.
Here are a few featured from last week:
Looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to!!
Be encouraged, Be Inspired, And Get Something Done!
***Stop And Read Before Linking!***
~things you did accomplish
~thoughts on procrastination/ways you beat procrastination
MarianneJune 23, 2010 at 4:43 am
I keep coming back to link up to your AP Tuesdays. It helps keeps me accountable and inspires me to get more stuff done. It also inspires me to write better lists, well at least if I could just get to it.
Way to go on your summer list. It sounds like you and the girls are having a lot of fun. I will start that tomorrow as today was our first day of summer vacation here.
Thanks for visiting me again, I really appreciate it.
Nikki@KreativeKnackJune 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Love the list! I need to revise mine a bit 😉 Thanks for hosting, so glad I could finally finish my project to post!
JaneJune 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Thanks so much for the feature and the sweet comments! This is a great way to stay motivated! 🙂
VanJune 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Just found this blog and love it- absolutely beautiful! I’m a new follower- please keep inspiring! 😀
Bonnie @ House of GraceJune 22, 2010 at 10:59 am
Thanks so much for the feature!!! It was a great surprise. I hope that you have a great day today. I love your blog!
Me and My Pink MixerJune 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Thanks for hosting. I love your summer list! I just finished The Help ~ what an awesome book!
Lori S.June 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Thanks so much for hosting. I love your party idea! I have added your link party to my Linky Love Library page on my blog.
Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME!June 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm
I am inspired by your schedule and chores/zone plan.
I used to do this when my girls were younger (followed “FlyLady”).
When Sarah went off to college, and I just had one girl “left”, the routines changed, and I never made a new schedule–one is desperately needed now that Sarah is home for the summer.
I printed out your ideas, and am going to tweak them for me–
I do several of the things you do, just not consistently.
So, thank you for writing them out for us!
I love your Tuesday party day–looks like you already have some cute submissions for this week, too!
Blessings to you as you make your home and train your girls!
Sew Much AdoJune 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Thanks so much for hosting and for featuring my crackers!
MarieJune 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Aww, thanks Amy! Talk about encouragement! I thought if I linked up, it would help to hold me accountable. Never expected to be featured! You’re a huge support and inspiration. Love your AP Tuesdays!
Clean MamaJune 22, 2010 at 11:32 am
Thank you for your feature, Amy! I totally jive with you too 🙂
DestriJune 22, 2010 at 4:20 am
Love your summer list. And you were worried ;).
I should have known you had it in the bag. Great ideas, worthy of my print button..you don’t mind, right?
Meet VirginiaJune 22, 2010 at 5:51 am
Great list girl! Thanks so much for hosting every week!!
jenJune 22, 2010 at 4:14 am
If you like The Help, I also just finished Barrabas by Lagerkvist. It won the Nobel prize and it’s very thought-provoking. Thanks for your link.