So, I have three ideas that I am wanting to implement this summer. My kids still have six days of school left, so while I might be a bit behind the eight ball for sharing, I am still going to make it on time!
One year from now, Clark will be preparing to leave home for college.
One year from now.
This first idea then is for me–it is called, My Favorite Summer and it is an attempt to freeze in time, my family–but most especially, my children.
I want to remember who they are and what they love, right now–as we teeter on the brink of major change.
The basic idea is this: 10 weeks of summer break, 10 weekly themes, 7 family members and 7 mini-books that document our “favorites” and any activities that grow from them.
Here are the themes I’m considering at this point.
I am (naturally) hoping that you’ll enlighten me with other possibilities!
Flavor of Ice Cream
Scripture/Quote & Hymn (or primary song)
I vividly remember the summer before I left for BYU, my mom gathered us around the table–I had just turned 18, my brothers were 14 and 11 and my little sisters were 5 and 3 — we went around the table and shared what we all had planned or hope to plan for the upcoming months before school started again. I of course thought everyone should be focused on me and getting me off to college. Theron wanted to go dirt biking, Cougar was probably all about skateboarding? Both boys had scouting activities (and if I remember right, a jamboree to attend.) Darci was in a singing group (Jim Valley?) that was all about performing at area malls and festivals and when we got around to Chanda, she said, “I just want to know if we are ever going to Disneyland?” I have never forgotten this conversation which was a bit of a wake up for self-absorbed me. I realized that while we were a family, each one of us had an “agenda” and that I really didn’t know what was going on in the lives and hearts of my siblings.
Hopefully, My Favorite Summer will capture a similar snapshot for me, now.
I’ve selected the NEW 6×6 board book, from Close To My Heart, to house this project. If you have a consultant, this board book is on page 94 of the Summer 2010 catalog. The price and order # are pictured above. If you don’t have a consultant, you can find one here.
I have one board book for each member of my family and the photos pictured above are on the way to me from scrapbookpictures.com (in 6×6) so that I can adhere each person’s “headshot” to the cover of their book.
Since there is always so much going on in our house, and so many people going in different directions, I won’t be scheduling weekly themes ahead of time. About the only thing we ALL do together, is what we have recently termed the Sunday graze. We attend church for 3 hours on Sundays, beginning at 11:00 am. By the time we get home, it is 2:30ish and we are HUNGRY. No one wants to wait for mom to get dinner on and mom (generally) doesn’t have a clue what to fix anyway. So, we stand around and graze. The chips & salsa, peanut butter & apples, bagels & cream cheese (etc.) all comes out and we stand around grazing. It is during the Sunday graze that I think we could potentially discuss and select a theme for the upcoming week (consulting the calendar, of course.)
When we select or invent a new theme, then we will discover and document each person’s favorite and do it, eat it, watch it, visit it — you get the idea — during the upcoming week. Yes, I know this means we will potentially eat an inordinate amount of ice cream or cookies during a 7-day period, but, as I was raised to say, What the Heck! In fact, when I was little, we celebrated good times at Ferrells Ice Cream Parlor. They made this giant ice cream sundae, called The Zoo. I can totally picture us (during ice cream week) making one of those giant ice cream sundaes with everyone’s favorite flavor. We could invite another family over to share it with us. During cookie week, we might make or purchase a different kind of cookie each day, or we might make them all in one day and deliver cookie plates to our neighbors. I think we can get CREATIVE with how we celebrate and document. Whether we read a favorite children’s book or a couple of chapters from Harry Potter — we will get to know each person a little better and experience something they love.
I will do my best to record our ideas and progress, here on the blog.
If you have ideas or questions for me, leave a comment!
My summer’s end, I should have a mini-library of “My Favorite Summer” board books, to keep in on our upstairs bookshelves.
I’m happy about this.
DON’T FORGET to check the BPS blog each day this week, for another goofy video and great idea from me.