For a lot of people, anything after Memorial Day is summer time. Everyone starts talking about the beach and school finally being finished. Those people don’t live in Massachusetts, where snow days pile up and the last day of school is somewhere in the June 27th range. For all my teacher loves who aren’t on leave, I feel you. I need to come and bestow spray bottles, freeze pops, and iced coffees upon your hardworking heads. For my maternity-rocking self, this means I have one more month of childcare before I need to be ready with a solid summer routine. This is a wishlist of things I want to do while I can still send Milo to his air conditioned funworld across the street.
1. Finish the boys’ nursery.
All the big pieces of furniture are in place, but there are a few more things I want to do to cozy up their little space. I need to hang artwork and a shelf I painted, find some valences that are colorful, and I’d love to repaint the windowsills.
2. Set up a work space for myself.
I need a better place to organize my papers, hang a large calendar, and keep my laptop. I have some projects that I’d really like to buckle down on, and I have no idea if a dedicated work area would be helpful, but I’d like to try. This should be a one day project, tops.
3. Buy a domain name, build up the aesthetics of my new project, and generate some material.
I’ve been thinking really hard about a project that I want to roll out for the beginning of July. It’s something that I think I have the talent for, but I need to prove to myself that I have the drive and follow through. Setting up a work space and possibly work hours might help me towards achieve this. This is my greatest hope for the month of June.
4. Take Milo and Elliott to cool places before the school k ids take over.
There are a few museums and play places I want to spend time in before the summer crowds ramp up. In the early weeks of June, I hope to keep Milo home at least once a week and head out on a little adventure.
5. Summer Routine!
I’m really excited about this summer. It’s the winding down of my long stretch as a stay-at-home mama, and my first experience being home with both boys completely full time. With Milo’s speech therapy work and Elliott getting old enough have tiny windows of focus, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing out plans for our day, highlighting the skills we need to practice. I’m always happier with a plan, but it seemed too insane to do just for my own little family, until I found this amazing article that gave me permission to run my home like a daycare this summer. There is always a piece of me that says “we deserve a day to kick back, watch TV, eat snacks, be chill,” and those plan-less days are the days where we are all crying and desperate by 3pm. So I’m going to have a planning template for days when Ben is at work, and we are going to rock this summer.
June also brings Father’s Day and our 6th wedding anniversary, and I’d like to organize myself to give some end-of-year gifts to the teachers who have supported our family this year. It’s going to be busy and wonderful and hopefully, super productive. Do you have any big plans for this summer? Tips for carving out a work space for yourself? Ideas that will occupy tiny babies during the hottest days? Happy June, lovelies.