The boys had their last day at school yesterday and both came home with a really exciting promotion. They are no longer 1st and 2nd graders but 2nd and 3rd graders and that was definitely a highlight. This is a funny concept for me, in France we were “promoted” on the first day of school in September, not on the last day of June, but I get it. It really adds to the excitement and celebrates their achievements.
Talking about celebrations, that is one thing I truly love here, how Americans celebrate milestones. Like when the school bus turned up for the last time until the end of August and the parents attacked the kids with those string sprays! What a great way for parents to show and share the kids excitements of the last day of school.
Photo Credit to my lovely neighbor Melissa (thanks again!)
I guess my two were done with the fun though because the string sprays caused extreme grumpiness and oh my god, how moody were they?! They literally argued, bickered and fought all afternoon.
But today is a new day and the very first one of holidays, which coincides with our 9th wedding anniversary so we kicked it off with a visit to the Tax Office and that was so.much.fun.
So, we are going to spend 78 days of Summer together. I am equally very excited and a little apprehensive but I have started my Summer 2015 bucket list and that makes me feel a bit more in control.
This is how it goes
Learn to tie shoe laces
Nurture the boys initiative to accomplish daily tasks such as making bed or choosing their own clothes. I am terrible at letting them choose their own clothes and hyperventilate if colors or style are not coordinated. So this Summer we will start learning color and style matching which is a skill that will take them far in life.
Let them cook a meal. OK, in all honesty, this might not happen, I think I am too much of a control freak to allow such a thing…
Start a French Club. It is about time we structure our French lessons (i.e. start establishing French lessons)
Find sandy beaches by the lake
Celebrate our first 4th of July with the arrival of my mum for a whole month!
Organise a mini road trip and sleep in a log cabin
Allow the boys to use our old DSLR and show them how
Eat a real Chicago pizza in Downtown Chicago
Go to the Planetarium
Go to a water park
Visit the library weekly
Have playdates and coffee mornings
Go to the Zoo
Use our gym outdoor pool as often as possible
Find out about our local birds and try and recognize them when we hear them in our back garden trees
Have water fights
Visit Naper Settlement
Spend a few afternoons at Centennial Beach
Have picnics in our local forest preserves
Draw, Paint and write stories
Visit the Morton Arboretum
Go to a drive in cinema and eat popcorn in the car
Write a diary everyday about our holidays
Post a daily picture to document and treasure our very first long Summer called 78 Days of Summer
This is going to be a fun one!