Summer Wish List and Activity Calendar

May 31, 2011

Images of Summers past

Summer is the best time for exploration and adventures, for trying new things and visiting new places. One of my favorite parts of the Memorial Day Weekend is to come together with my family and create our Summer wish list.

The list is our way of sharing what we most want to do while the weather is warm, from tubing down the Poudre River, to enjoying the free summer concert series in our town. Here are just a few of our summer loves.

The Fontenot Family Summer Wish List

Visit the Black Canyon Of Gunnison National Forest
Attend the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
Summer Challenge :: Hike every open space trail in our county
Visit 5 new towns in Colorado
Plan a camping party
Create an outdoor family theatre
Go fruit picking on the Western Slope
Chase hot air balloons
Rafting on the Colorado river

The list is not supposed to be something that we feel stressed out to accomplish, but rather something that expresses a few things that we really want to try and do. Even if we only did one thing on that list, I would consider that a great summer.

It was a blast to sit down and hear everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and while we had to edit a lot of the boy’s requests (no Jacob, you can not learn to ride a motor dirt bike), they were pretty excited to see a few of their favorites make the cut.

As a new mama, or for that matter just as a mama in general, one of the hardest challenges is coming up with something new and fresh on the spot for the boys to do. This year I decided to try and create a calendar that can be posted at the start of the month, that the boys can enjoy on their own (there are a few exceptions to this) while I am nursing, napping (hey, I can dream), and tending to Landon. I included easy activities like climbing a tree, to more intense projects like creating a puppet show including invitations. Hopefully this will at least be a jumping off point for ideas and a way to ensure that my oh so tired mommy brain does not have to engage in on the spot overuse. I will be posting our calendars for July and August as the months draw near.

You are welcome to use our calendar, or adapt it for your own family. I downloaded a calendar template from Microsoft office, but there are literally thousands of templates on the web that you can use.

Tomorrow is my favorite day of June, because the summer edition of Rhythm of The Home will be out! We hope that you all enjoy it, and please stop over and let us know what you think.

Happy Summer Wishing!

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lina May 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I was just thinking about a summer wish list too. I have done these in the past with my children and have had great fun with it! Thanks for the calendar idea

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Kelly May 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

your list looks like fun.

and I love the calendar idea!

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Lindsey May 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

We haven't made our summer list yet as school lasts through the end of June here, but it was so good to have our list last summer. I think I'm going to encourage us to make it a bit less full this year so it is doable, like yours. Or maybe we'll have a must-do and would-like-to-do list?

Looking forward to ROTH tomorrow! I was sad that I didn't get to submit for summer as it is my favorite season with my family, but there was too much going on around submission deadline time.

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Shivayamama May 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Too funny, I think that we were just reading each other's blogs at the exact same time ).
We missed having you over at ROTH too, but we can so relate to life getting too busy. The nice thing about the magazine is that it is always there when the time is right. Hope you enjoy it.
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heirloom seasons May 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Is our colorado town on your list?? Lots of great trails down here :)
We were just visiting each others blogs at the same time. I have been thinking of you often, just never writing. Hope all is well with your sweet family!

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Nina May 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm

A list is always a good start – something fresh to have or just to remind – even if none is acheived. I'm such a terribly one for day dreaming and planning then forgetting. I really should write more down.

take care,

Nina xxxxxxxx

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emmalina73 May 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

As always I am in awe of you! You are so prepared, always looking forward rather than simply reacting in the moment which is what I often do! I admire your skills as a mother and seek to emulate some of them in my own way. I love the idea of identifying what we'd like to do over the summer, this one is going to be a challenge for us as we are building a house but I'd still like to focus on what we want to do as a family and think about what the boys would like to get out of this time. My eldest is certainly old enough to have some ideas of his own!

I'm planning on putting a list of art projects and fun activity ideas together and then just popping it on the fridge, then I can dip in and out of it as it seems appropriate. The warmer weather is demanding that I (once again) review our schedule and move our day and schooling onto a summer schedule that is more accommodating and has a freer vibe. You've certainly got me thinking, as always! When I read about what you are up to it forces me to push past my standby excuse of "But I have a non napping manic toddler so we can't really do anything!" Yes it restricts us but he is able to embrace so many things and I need to review my own perception of 'school' and 'success'!

I'm so glad you are back and I'm looking forward to reading ROTH tomorrow : ) You are a light in the world, I hope you know that x

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Deann May 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm

We write out our Wish List on a piece of paper and post it on the pantry door where everyone can see and read it. Throughout the summer if we get a case of the boredoms we can all look at the list to see what sounds fun and then mark them off as we do them. Some like "Eat Ice Cream" and "Go Swimming" get a lot of check-marks!

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Karen May 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Wow Landon looks like Jakey. That is is uncanny.

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Shivayamama May 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I know, it really is. Landon is blonder though, and I wonder if his hair will be more like Elwood's, and he and Jake will have similar facial features. I keep tricking my family with pictures and video of Jacob, and they think that they are looking at Landon. It is awesome.

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Erin May 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I like your summer things-to-do list idea! I did that a few years ago and you've inspired me to do it again. Landon looks so lovely and grown-up. His steady gaze and wide-open face was a pleasant surprise as I scrolled down the page. :)

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Carrie May 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea! I have been experiencing brief moments of panic as the summer approaches in regards to keeping my 2 boys busy. With a 6 year age gap (they are 4 and 10) I have a hard time finding things that interest them both. This should help. Thank you again!

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Melinda Taylor Kelly May 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I was working on our Summer calendar when this post showed up in my inbox! It has given me even more idea's! Thank you! (Again) I too am hoping that we can have a fun summer.
A calendar is a great way for the family to come together, and really think of things they would like to do, and much of the time to do together.
Thank you again for sharing!

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lacey May 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I NEED this calendar. Thank you so much Heather! anything to avoid being jumped on while nursing the new one. what a sweet idea that I know my girls will love. I actually made them each backpacks to fill with activities that are useful for those times when I can't get up and do things with them…

Also–SO excited about tomorrow's publication!

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Wendy May 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Very inspiring list–thanks for sharing, and for the calendar, too!

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missy June 1, 2011 at 2:31 am

What a great calendar Heather – thankyou so much for sharing, so many days have truly great ideas. We are just entering the stage where something like this will be useful for my girls, and I'm so glad to have stumbled on the idea now rather than in a few years!

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mommarae June 1, 2011 at 2:56 am

i left a part of my heart in the black canyon. what a magical place! i have been sadly absent in blog land for a while now as my life speeds forward and i struggle to keep up. i miss visiting you here. thanks for all you give to this space. xoxo

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kendra June 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

oh that baby!!! looks like a fun summer indeed. dream it mama!

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jumbleberryjam June 1, 2011 at 3:58 am

This is such a great idea! We made our summer wish list tonight and I'm inspired to get calendars going, too. More for me than my boy as he can't (or says he can't 😉 read yet. But it will help to have some ideas for those moments when frenzied boredom that only an only child can know sets in!

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Kitty June 1, 2011 at 2:35 am

I've never made a summer wish list–what a great idea!! I especially like that you included, "The list is not supposed to be something that we feel stressed out to accomplish…". I will need to really embrace that, heart and soul, since I am very much a "do-er". I'm working on enjoying each moment for what it is instead of always enjoying it only if I'm "getting something done", but it's a tough habit to change!! I think a fun, relaxed, spontaneous summer wish list will be a great step in an even greater direction. Thank you for sharing!

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Nicola @ Which Name? June 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

Ha! How funny…I am here to catch up on your special space and see you posted a very similar list and plan several days before I did. Great minds, right? (Sounds better than tired, desperately need to feel organized minds…)
Fabulous ideas, Heather. ROTH projects is on our list of activities to explore for the summer.
Warmly,
Nicola

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themakinglife June 8, 2011 at 2:22 am

Thanks so much for the free calendar of ideas. That is brilliant! Spontaneity is not my strong suit, and I always find myself wishing I did more planning in advance for projects and activities with my daughter, instead of just making up something lame on the fly when she asks me, "What can we do now?". I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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