Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Lists

 I'm really excited about the upcoming summer holidays.

 One of the things about being homeschooled is that if you get behind in school, you end up with no summer break. I haven't had a school-free summer in years. But this time I will - and that's why I'm so excited, and why I want to make the most of this summer. 

 I made a few summer-related lists (because aren't lists the best thing ever invented?). Here is a few of them.

Goals (for productivity)
- Wake up earlier than usual, not later
- Read my Bible daily
- Finish French and Math
- Memorize some chapters or a book of the Bible (I'm working on James right now)
- Do several SAT practice tests (agh soooo not fun)
- Go running at least 3 times a week
- Start journaling
- Take more photographs, and make a photo-album of them at the end of the summer

Bucket List (for spontaneity)
- go to the beach
- learn a new skill
- bake something I've never made before
- watch all the animated disney classics I haven't seen yet
- go to a museum
- stargaze
- go on a picnic
- make s'mores
- wake up to see the sunrise (and leave the camera behind)
- go to the zoo
- go to at least one place in Ireland that I've never been to before
- swim in the lake
- have a water-balloon fight
- do a diy project
- make homemade icecream
- go to a farmer's market
- bake cookies for someone 
- have a movie marathon
- read a book in a day
- send a postcard
- film a video

Books (for knowledge & enjoyment)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Watership Down by Richard Adams

Christian History Made Easy by Timothy Paul Jones
History Lives series by Mindy and Brandom Withrow
Think Biblically by John MacArthur & Others
It is Not Death to Die: A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty

Series to Continue/Complete:
Complete at least 3 series from my Series-to-Continue Goodreads shelf
Continue at least 2 series from same shelf

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Overambitious? Definitely. But it'll just be fun to see how much I can get done in the next few months.

Do you have any goals and plans for the upcoming summer?



  1. Love these lists! I have a summer reading list, and I'd like to get back into being consistent with my journaling. But other than that, I don't really have any goals this summer. :)

    1. Thanks Kristin! Oh, and I really enjoyed reading your summer reading list. There was a lot of interesting-sounding books on there.

  2. I'm really excited for summer too. But too exhausted from finals to make any plans yet. :P

    Btw, The Perilous Gard is incredibly strange and creepy. I just re-read it recently. But Elizabeth Marie Pope is amazing.

    1. I've read Elizabeth Marie Pope's other book, The Sherwood Ring, and really liked that. I'm looking forward to The Perilous Gard!

  3. ha! i do need to wake up earlier when i'm not working and soaking up the morning sun. i also would like to read books again.

    1. That sounds lovely. Summer mornings are so great :)

  4. Hey, I recently started following your blog, and I'm enjoying it! :) And you are so lucky to live in Ireland! I want to go there someday. Things I want to do this summer? One of many is get my ears pierced.

  5. I used to make lists like this when I had a free summer too :D I HATE waking up early but it's great once you get used to it because it's fun being up with everyone else and you have time for a lot more :) Hope you have a great time!

  6. Your list sounds like so much fun! I especially love your goal of getting up earlier... I know that's one of my goals, too! It usually takes me a week or two of shockingly late sleep-ins before I realise I'm wasting my summer ;) It's nice being up early, just not GETTING up! And your reading list sounds lovely. I might have to add a couple of your reads to my summer list! Hope your summer is spectacular! Love, Leah

    P.S. Summer break means more skype dates, right!?

  7. You should definitely make sure you read Wives and Daughters. It's one of my favorite books ever. Elizabeth Gaskell should be better known than she is. Her characterization is amazing!