Summer Plans–Week 1

*This is not a picture of our family, but we absolutely always look this happy and care-free. Really.

The Bells have had one of our busiest years thus far. In February we began renovating our home in southern Indiana with the hopes of moving to Indianapolis to begin house churches in the inner-city. We were blown away to see how quickly and smoothly God worked everything together. You can read about some of that here. In the midst of renovations, house showings, packing, finding a house and job, and settling in here, we stopped blogging for the most part. We couldn’t justify writing about parenting when we were finding it difficult to just engage with our children. Blogging would have been one more thing to take us away from them and each other.

We have been here for two weeks now, the boxes are unpacked, the house is clean, we finished school, and we are starting to fall into a routine again. Ahhhhhh.

Summer break begins for us this week, so I’m posting our summer schedule. You’ll notice it looks very different from the schedule we used this past school year. While living life with no routine in place and five littles would probably ultimately reserve me a spot in the local mental institution, I also want summer to be filled with more freedom and simple enjoyments, both of the world around us and of each other. I assume we won’t have a single day that will go as planned. Yesterday alone, we had a constant flow of neighborhood kids on our front porch, playing with our toys, having water gun fights with Liam while the girls were napping, or asking Bill to teach them to play guitar. We went bowling last night and came home to five children sitting in front of our house waiting for us to get back home, some we hadn’t met yet. This is the life we had prayed for upon coming here, and there will be little that is “routine” about it. Still, a rough schedule I have made (I feel like Yoda saying it like that). It may be thrown out before the week is over. 🙂

5:30 Read Bible and Shower–Bill and Me

7:00 Kids Get Dressed, Family Breakfast with Bible Time, Chores, and My Exercise

8:30 Read-Alouds, Bill Leaves for Work

9:00 Walk to Neighborhood Park

10:00 Snacks and Fun Activities (see below)

12:00 Lunch and Clean Up

1:00 Naps or Rest Time, Planning for Me, Technology or Outside Play for Older Kids

3:00 Snacks and Summer School (Reading to Me, Math Flash Cards, Piano Practice)

4:00 Cleaning

5:00 Dinner

6:30 Family Time

8:30 Kids in Bed and Time with Bill

Each day, we’ll be doing a different fun activity in the mornings. I got many ideas from a pinterest board called 100 Days of Summer. It’s a fun list you should check out. She also just came out with her 2012 list you can see here. I love creative people who do research for me so I don’t have to. I’ll be posting our plans each week. Here’s week 1:

Monday–(Memorial Day) Backyard Games, Water Games, and BBQ

Tuesday–Make Sea Salted Caramel to Share with Neighbors

Wednesday–Kid Summer Movies

Thursday–Al E. Polin Park

Friday–Make Bubbles

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