Summer vacation is officially here!!!

I love this list. It’s a list of the 100 things you must do before you enter kindergarten and since L will be a kindergartener next year I thought it would be fun to coss some stuff off this list. I found it on several different blogs and now can’t remember exactly where I pulled it, so sorry out there. This takes my mind off of what else is going on here in my house 🙂 The ones that we have done are in bold

1. Go to the zoo – living so close we have been so many times, too many to count and I am sure we will be back this summer

2. Visit a farm – want to visit Suson Park or Purina Farms this summer

3. Go on a hike – we did this on Mother’s Day and it was a ton of fun

4. Play with kittens or puppies

5. Catch a frog

6. Make a gigantic mess – are you kidding me? She does this everyday

7. Help clean up a gigantic mess – you’d better believe I’m not cleaning all of that up by myself

8. Master the monkey-bars

9. Swing high up into the sky all by themselves

10. Try ice-skating

11. Go sledding – we bought her her first sled this winter and she was able to use it a couple of times

12. Make a snow-man – we do this every time it snows

13. Blow bubbles- Yep it’s a favorite pasttime of ours

14. Plant seeds and watch them grow

15. Have a pillow fight

16. Jump on a big bed – I catch her and her brother jumping on my bed all the time

17. Jump on a trampoline or in a bounce house – we visit Monkey Joes frequently

18. Hang out in a tent – I told JT that I want to buy a tent and take the kids camping this summer, he looked at me like I have three eyes, we’ll see

19. Spend days at the beach – I dream of taking my kids to the beach someday

20. Build sandcastles – we’ve done this on the beach at the river and in our sandbox

21. Go fishing – last year while at the lake we went fishing off the dock, we never caught anything but L sure did have a good time.

22. Go out on a boat – my kids have been fortunate enough to be out on a boat a few times in their lives

23. Play with blocks and puzzles – of course, all the time

24. Read the classic picture books – yes

25. Read a classic chapter book – yep

26. Check out library books with their own library card – no we haven’t done this yet, didn’t know they could

27. Get a passport – no this probably won’t happen for a while

28. Carve a pumpkin – every October she attempts to carve her own pumpkin and every year she is more helpful when her Daddy takes over

29. Hold a newborn baby (to see how much they’ve grown) – yes she was able to hold our friends newborn baby

30. Love a special doll or stuffed animal – kitty has been her friend since she was 14 months old

31. Bake cookies and cakes – oh yeah we all have sweet tooths in this family

32. Help plan their own birthday party – she helped me from start to finish with her Fancy Nancy party

33. Go to the circus  – we are planning on attending Circus Flora next month

34. Go to a museum on a quiet weekday – great idea

35. Play hide-and-seek – JT plays hide-and-seek with the kids all the time, they love it and run around screaming

36. Play a board game – we have game night at least once a week and we let the kids pick what games they want to play

37. Do nothing whatsoever all day – yeah we do this more than I’d like to admit

38. Try a sport – she tried soccer and she didn’t like it so we moved on to swimming, which she loves

39. Watch a sporting event – we are going to a Cardinals game around Father’s Day

40. Learn to swim – she is right now and she is a natural

41. Be tickled in hysterics – of course

42. Paint and draw as much as desired – she’s our little artist

43. Have the use of scissors and glue – yep she is always being crafty

44. Display artworks and other creations around the house – she also likes to use tape, which means there is always artwork around the house.

45. Learn to use a camera (and keep an album of the results!) – she is a budding photographer plus her pictures are really good, I do need to start an album, who knows maybe she will be famous someday

46. Play with clay

47. Pick flowers – a favorite thing of hers to do

48. Climb a tree

49. Gaze at the moon and stars – yes we do this often

50. Toast marshmallows – she did this on Halloween and she didn’t really like them

51. Learn to eat an ice-cream cone – It just never occurred to me to get her a cone, I just always get a cup

52. Watch a sunset – yeah we’ve done this and sat and talked about it

53. Learn to write their own names – I love that she can write her own name now

54. Learn their addresses and telephone numbers – yes she just learned these this spring, thanks in part to my mom

55. Learn their parents’ full names – she knows our first and last names but not our middle

56. Set the table – every night she sets our table

57. Clear the table – she clears her plate, everyone does their own in our house

58. Help wash the dishes – nah, our dishwasher does most of the work, maybe someday she will load it for us

59. Learn to say their pleases and thank yous and excuse mes – of course, my children must use their manners at all times

60. Watch fireworks – yes, the best in the US – Walt Disney World last year

61. Go to the ballet or theater or a puppet show – she’s been to the theater to see a couple of movies

62. Put on a ballet or play or puppet show at home – she has entertainment in her blood

63. Face paint – no she runs the other way everytime I suggest it at the zoo

64. Dress up in costumes at will – she changes her outfit 5 times a day and it’s usually a costume of some sort

65. Learn rhymes and poems and songs by heart – yep

66. Have a dance party

67. Enjoy friends at preschool and at the park – yep quite frequently

68. Invite friends over to play – all the time

69. Get to know grandparents – our grandparents are an important everyday part of our lives

70. Play with cousins – sure whenever we can

71. Become attached to a wonderful preschool teacher and/or babysitter – she was very sad to be leaving Mrs. O’Toole behind this year

72. Learn the name of our president – how could she not know the name of our president after all the media attention

73. Know the name of their town, state and country – yep

74. Be familiar with a map of the world

75. Listen to music from many different ages and genres – yeah she likes to listen to my radio station

76. Hear and learn words from a different language – thank you Manny and Dora, we can now say some spanish words and count to 10 in Spanish

77. Learn the difference between trash and recycling

78. Grow their own vegetables

79. Learn to ride a bike (or try!) – She just received her first bike for her birthday

80. Take a road trip – yep to Florida/Disney World last year

81. Draw a self-portrait – she had to in preschool all the time

82. Slurp alphabet soup – sure during the winter

83. Learn to twirl spaghetti on a fork

84. Pick apples – last september we went as a family

85. Star in a home movie – all the time

86. Learn a magic trick – we bought a wand at the dollar store that looks like it floats up your hand and she has that mastered

87. Try different hair-dos – we experiment all the time

88. Practice writing letters – she loves writing her letters

89. Practice counting to 100

90. Make up stories – quite an imagination she has

91. Send a letter – yep we are currently working on thank you letters from her birthday

92. Receive a letter – she finds this exciting

93. Ride on a merry-go-round – yep

94. Give away toys and books to less fortunate children – of course

95. Learn the value of coins and bills

96. Keep a piggy bank – yes, it’s a snow white bank and she has $23

97. Try a musical instrument

98. Have a heartfelt wish granted – seeing the princesses and eating in Cinderella’s castle on her birthday

99. Have a heartfelt wish denied – she wants to go back and do Disney World again, too expensive

100. Receive a million (make that a billion) heartfelt kisses and hugs from their parents – is this a trick question?! of course.

Feel free to use this list yourself just send me a comment so I can come over and read your list. I guess we have a couple more things to cross of the list but all in due time.


One thought on “Summer vacation is officially here!!!

  1. […] spark your imagination this summer. Or if you have a kiddo entering kindergarten you can visit this post I did last year. There might be something there as well. Most important thing is to have fun. They […]

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