Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The End of a School Year and a Giveaway!

So this is it! Summer vacation has officially begun for us.  :) (cue confetti cannons)
We are all so ready for it.
 (Erin and I on the scrambler at a local carnival this past Saturday)

Last night we sat down and created a list of things we want to do, rules and expectations, and the weekly schedule. I plan to write up a weekly schedule with them every Sunday night we are home and post it on the refrigerator. That way they will be able to have a general idea of what each upcoming week looks like.
It doesn't mean we can't be flexible and change it up. But it will help us have a little bit of structure which we need. Especially since they do have some summer homework packets to work on as well.

So this upcoming week involves a trip to the Botanical Gardens with friends, a trip to the zoo with another group of friends, some haircuts, bicycle helmet shopping and going to the library to sign up for the summer reading program.
We are also going to have one cleaning morning a week, because I am trying to make it more of a family effort as they get older. Plus, I do not typically get a cleaning day all to myself during the summer like I do during the school year. And frankly, I am not going to be cleaning the house by myself while they watch! (lol)

I also definitely want them to have time to relax and just play whether alone, with each other or with friends. We are going to have play dates galore I am sure. And I am planning on some serious time away from screens so they can be creative.
This is a boat Evan created the other day at his grandma's house. Tape and scraps of paper and cardboard. That is all it takes! I love when he does things like this! 

So that is the general plan for summer. We will see how it plays out, but I have high hopes. :)

And one more thing before I go. I have a little giveaway that will be going up on the Craft Your Nest
blog tomorrow, but I wanted to give you all a head start here. :) Our facebook page has almost 100 likes and we are looking to increase it.

This is just a sample of what is going in a priority box that I am filling with scrap supplies. 12x12 and 6x6 papers, masks, photo overlays, frames, project life cards, a few alphabets, an embellishment baggie full of flair, veneer etc...
To be entered in the giveaway, you can leave a comment here. If you are on Facebook though, we would love for you to go *Here!* and like our Fb page if you haven't already. Also, if you share this giveaway and the Craft Your Nest page on your blog or facebook page that will give you additional entries into the drawing! Just let me know in the comments if you do. So spread the love if you feel inclined. :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back Thursday with a layout!


  1. LOVING how ship he made!! That is AWESOME!!! And what a great giveaway!! I already like their FB page :)

  2. The picture of you and Erin is too cute, Mary Jo! Sounds like a great summer plan filled with lots of fun!

    No need to enter me in the Craft Your Nest giveaway (I'm not on FB), but wanted to comment on your post. :)

  3. Isn't summer awesome! Hope u have a great one!

  4. I hope you have an amazing summer! I'm all for summer lists and schedules too. They are my favorite, even when I don't actually need to schedule anything since its just me, I work better on a schedule.

    Your giveaway looks awesome! Thank you :) I already like you guys on facebook - and I just shared your post on my facebook page too :)

  5. I hope to see you this summer! Looks like a great giveaway...I already like CYN on FB and have shared the link from there so my friends know to come see your fun! As a single adult, there are times I wish I had a weekly schedule that was more concrete than it is...

  6. Love the picture of you and Erin!
    Love Evan's boat very creative!
    Sounds like a great Summer so far!
    I wish I could do a schedule ours is up in the air at the moment waiting on warranty people.
    Tuesday we have a meeting with the manager so Im hoping for a better schedule from them.
    Last week was a good schedule even though they were here Wed to Sat.

  7. YAY for Summer Break! And YAY for having a schedule! And a HUGE YAY for having help cleaning! :) Sounds like your summer is off to a fun start for you and the kids! :)

  8. Such a fun picture...and great plan! Aside from swim practice (often twice a day), we have nothing on the schedule...and it feels great. Although I do need to get him away from the electronics somehow. Sigh...it's hard with a teen.

  9. Love the picture and the schedule is so up my alley......even now with an empty nest. Thanks for sharing....looks like great stuff.

  10. I loved summer vacation with my girls.
    We were so busy doing fun things.
    I love Even's ship..very creative and good eye for detail.
    Great photo of you and Erin. Last time i was on a ride that this…I was so dizzy the carny had to help me off the ride, lol.

  11. I can't wait for summer vacation, my son has one more week to go! That photo of you and your daughter is so fun...it needs a layout!! Thanks for a chance to win some wonderful goodies. :) Evie

  12. I love the ship :)
    And thanks for this great giveaway!
    And I like you on FB.


  13. Sounds like an amazing summer you have planned! I like the idea of having a general schedule, that way you have something to work with. I'm right there with you with the cleaning. They are definitely old enough to help ;)

  14. Love that photo of you two! And amazing what he created! Wow!! And you are so organized. We still haven't made a list! Enjoy Summer!