Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summer Resolutions.

I figured out long ago that I stink at New Year's Resolutions.
Those extra pounds don't just go away because I will them to on January 1.

So instead I make Summer Resolutions. And it works great for me!


This year's resolutions are:
1. Hang the laundry on the line. Only turn on the dryer if it's a rainy day.
It's better for the budget, better for the environment, and actually burns a few more calories.

2. Only eat out once a week. This is a tough one.
When the kids are around I tend to just go grab fast food or a pizza because it's quick and easy. But this summer, only one time a week will that happen.

3. Be firm with Unplug It Day. I really don't like this day. It's a huge struggle!
But it's so good for us.

4. Take the kids to the library, lake, or water park at least once a week.


5. Have craft day once a week. (Oh Lordy, what did I just commit to?! This could get scary.)

6. Take more Saturday mornings to myself to hit the flea market, yardsales, thrift stores, and farmer's market.

(My kids get out of school this week, so our summer starts now.)

Welcome to Summer!!


Stop over to the Hooked On party and the Beautiful Life party!
Them's Good people.

37 comments:

Kandis said...

Love it!! I may have to follow your lead/example!! Hope you have a great summer with the kiddos!!

Erica said...

that's such a great idea to do summer resolutions! i've never thought of that but it makes so much sense because summer is such a good time to start new! some of these are good suggestions for me to do with my kids, although really it's just my toddler since my baby pretty much only eats and sleeps :)

number17cherrytreelane said...

I feel like I want to make each of your resolutions, MY resolutions! You can do it!

Princess Caitlin said...

Yes! Welcome to summer!!

blessedmomto7 said...

Good stuff Bek-hope you can follow it! Mine is getting up at 5 or 6 am to walk. So far done it 2 days-woo hoo! Gotta shed those pounds!

Kelly said...

Great idea. Bit I had to laugh. I have those same shoes! I love them. I love hanging clothes on the line!

Whitni Ann said...

Haha you are a very brave woman! I don't have children but I have little brothers and when summer comes around rules go out the window! Stay strong! Have a good summer :)

Robin in Benton said...

Love this post!!!! I don't get to stay home - but I'm definitely going to adopt at lease some of these for my summer resolutions too!

karla said...

wow school's out already? I really should make myself some resolutions. Like loose weight and take time for myself.

Polka Dot Moon said...

Fabulous ideas :)

Seeker said...

Love line dried clothing, missing front teeth, Sonic drinks, Country Home and Country Living, and words written in the sand. Love your resolutions and #6 makes me positively YEARN for us to be neighbors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Count on me to hold you accountable, sister. I'll be checking in unnanounced, k?

Ruth said...

I can't believe it's officially your summer - we still have the heating on!! Brrrr. Look forward to seeing what you get up to!

Laura said...

holy crap, kids home already!??????????????????

cant wait to h ear if you stick to these resolutions...they are good ones.
Me? I will just try to not go completely insane.

seabafive said...

I love your summer resolutions...i'm going to do the "unplug it" even if i lose my mind that day :) btw, my 8 yr old just cam up to me and says "why do you have Hannah Montana playing" (the climb) :)

Whimsical Creations said...

Love your summer resolutions. I need to make a few of my own, too. Our kids are in school for another month (thank goodness).

Allen and Debby Graber said...

Great resolutions! I love it! I'll have to come up with some too.

forever folding laundry said...

Great list!!

I'm still having a hard time believing that summer is just around the corner for us....

~Keri

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Good ideas! My hubby and two sons just got my clothesline poles put up last night. Can't wait to start using them. I hadn't even thought of the "burning a few extra calories" benefit. Maybe I should do a squat with each item I hang up for even more benefit!

moxylyn said...

This really is a great idea. Very inspirational. I'm kind of doing the same thing.. not because it's summer but because we just moved. I like the idea of summer resolutions though!

Spadazzle said...

Wow! Early summer! Here in Japan almost everyone hangs their clothes, we don't.... we use the tiny dryer- I hang a few things like jeans and my dresses but almost everything else goes straight into the dryer :) Good luck with your summer resolutions!

Christina said...

Good for you! I am so non-committal! I like your ideas, though.

Brandie said...

Sounds like a great list! =)

Mary said...

wow! your summer begins early! good luck with your resolutions. summer is brief but not as brief as childhood when you look back. you'll be very happy to have the memories a summer like this will leave behind ;-) have lots of fun!

gina said...

Lucky duck with your early summer start! Sound like good plans! Good luck and have fun. :)

Brenda said...

I love the idea of having a plan in place for summer vacation! We are going to have an unplug it day in the middle of the week too. I think I will let my daughter pick the day so maybe she will be more tolerant of it. I just posted my recipe for homeade kool-aid playdough today, that might be something to occupy a rainy day :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ok...I an officially passing my Mother of the Year award to you. You are way more deserving!

Really Rainey said...

Yeah! Now that's the ticket for a fun summer!
~Really Rainey~

Michelle said...

What a great concept! Personally, I'd probably never stick to those either! :)

Christine said...

This is a great idea! My husband and I have been talking about a clothes line for a couple of months now. I'll have to get busy making my resolutions!

Rebekah said...

Love hanging out the laundry! I use a rack... I would like to get a line for the yard, though!

Ang said...

Love your summer resolutions! Sounds like a great list you have there. Happy weekend!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Great resolutions...they grow up realllly fast...so enjoy those lazy summer days! :-)

Bdubba said...

Love the backyard/laundry/feet propped up pic! Where'd you get those flip flops?

Daly Essentials said...

this is such a great idea! I love your resolutions!

Colleen said...

Craft days!!:) I tried it two years ago and my kids loved it-I was so stressed I took last summer off:) I'll try again this year.
Great list!!

maxwellnotsosmart said...

Love the list -- but the clothes line won't work (too many trees and it's way too shady and my HOA won't allow it) Now isn't life grand with all these silly rules created by neat freaks who like to serve on board thatcan't stand a few sheets blowing in the wind. Thankfuly life is good and I don't give a flip.

Graceful Moments said...

Love your list and must agree that Summer resolutions make much more sense than New Year's! It is just way too easy to procrastinate in the winter!