Friday, May 21, 2010

Plans for Summer

I have only four more days of work left, and then it's on to glorious summer! I can barely contain my excitement. We have somewhat of a busy summer planned, but hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in lots of down time.

Next weekend we have "Family Fun Day," which is a giant family reunion/barbecue type thing with Clint's family. This year they're doing a big pool party with tons of food, games, a pool table, Wii, and a bounce house for the kids. Normally I kind of sigh over going to the FFDs, but with all of the activities planned this year, I am really looking forward to it. It just seems like the perfect way to launch summer break.

In early June, Clint, the kids, and I are leaving for a five day vacation to the Monterrey Bay area. We're staying in a cabin at a KOA (as pictured above). While we're there, we are going to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, the Winchester Mystery Mansion, the beach/warf to swim and ride bikes, and we're going to ride the Roaring Railroad Train on a tour through the Redwoods.

We're scheduled to go to Ryan's and Julie's house down in Oceanside for an overnight Forth of July celebration (can't wait!), and then toward mid-July, we are planning to go camping at June Lake with Matt and Alana. I've never been to June Lake before, but my principal showed me pictures of the area (she's been going every year for the last twenty-some years), and it looks absolutely beautiful. I am really excited for this particular trip.

Also during summer, I will be taking my last class for my Master's degree and painting/ remodeling two bedrooms. Thankfully the class is an online course. The bedrooms that I have to paint are the master bedroom and Trin's room. We decided a few months ago that we were going to trade bedrooms with Trinity, because her bedroom is technically larger than ours. The problem is we don't want to move into a bedroom that has sky blue/sunny yellow walls, so I'm going to have to completely repaint both rooms. Making this switch is going to be a LOT of work, but I love painting (as long as it's not trim), and I'm happy to have a project to work on.

The last item on our impossible to-do list is to finish the front yard, but that should actually be completed in the next few weeks. We finally conquered our stubborn weeds, a dozen blisters and two hula-hoes later.

It's almost here...four more days left with my students (sniffle sniffle) and then it's hallelujah summer here I come!