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Summer to-do list

We’ve been working hard around here lately.  Really hard.

In fact, we’ve been working so hard that we had to change our regular daily checklist…
to something a little more structured that fit our higher level of determination and hard work.  I know.. it’s intense.  I’m worried you might pass out from exhaustion just reading everything we’ve set out to accomplish this summer.  ;)
Yes.. our office/craft room is looking a little more cheery lately with fun summer to-do’s up on the chalkboard.  Plus the office is now clean.  If you think my office is always clean, you should think again.
Just a few pics of this space during my kids’ last week of school.
If you think this is bad, you should have seen my mudroom.
But everything is back in its place.
And we are determined to cross off our to-do’s.
We are trying to pace ourselves in the process.  You know.. so we don’t work too hard.  But I have faith we’ll check off everything on our list this summer.

Hope you and your crew are doing some of the same.


p.s.  I was just looking back at our summer to-do list from 2011.  My kids always shout out what they want to do while I write as fast as I can.  Funny to see what they came up with when they were younger.  Things like “learn to tie shoes and tea parties” have been replaced with “video stars (cell phone) and late-overs (late night playdates with friends).”  It makes me smile.  And want to cry.  All at the same time.  It also makes me want to cherish this summer with my three kids even more.  They are all growing up.


My Decorated Office/Craft Room

My Summer Goals

My Summer Reading List

Six Tips for a Smoother Summer 

xoxo, Erin
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20 thoughts on “Summer to-do list

  1. Looks like it just might take all summer to do all your summer “jobs,” but I’ll bet you will have lots of fun checking them off. I must admit, I have no idea what a “video stars” might be (remember, this mom is old), but it sounds intriguing. So do “lateovers.” Some of the items are definitely ones that would top any kid’s summer to do! How fun to go back and see how the list has changed, as well. They do grow up so quickly. Thanks for showing that yes, indeed, your gorgeous rooms are definitely loved, lived in and well used. ;) Now get to work knocking those things off your list. Ha, ha!!

  2. Such a fun list! Sounds like you’re going to have a great summer, and your office is gorgeous. Mine is seriously lacking in storage so I’m having a little built-in envy right now. ;)

    1. Thank you so much Emily! I was lacking in storage for years (my office was a corner in Koles’ nursery!) so I feel your pain! We like places to put all the things, don’t we!? xo

    1. Ha ha.. I knew someone would ask that! That is what Addison insisted we called the party we are having when she gets her braces off. We are buying tons of chewy junk food (gummy bears, gum, etc.) that she hasn’t been able to eat all year. I wanted to call it a “Braces off party” but she insisted on calling it a “chewy party.” ;) xo

  3. Love it! And thank you for showing pictures of it messy. Makes me feel a little better about myself. Lol! I love that your decor in here has a purpose. I’ve been browsing lots of home decor instagram feeds lately, and so many have beautiful farmhouse decor, but it’s just nice to look at and doesn’t have a function. I need my home to be functional, not just pretty to look at. Haha!

  4. I love everything about your office. It makes me feel very inspired! Have fun checking things off your summer to do list.

  5. Okay so I know you might have summer-brain like I do, but “cook” is on your list! Must be a typo, right?!?! 😂😂😂

    1. Ha! You know me well Jennie. :) Well it certainly wouldn’t be on my list but the kids made this list with me and Addison loves to cook! Go figure. :) She has actually been cooking with her dad! I’ll have to post about it sometime. I’m happy to let them have at it and then clean up after. ;) xo

  6. Love the Summer list and of course your office/craft room! So beautiful!! Where did you find that chalkboard? I just love the size and the sweet hook you hung it on!!

    1. Thank you so much Kirsten! That chalkboard was a fun find from a local store. I talked about it and linked to a similar one (and to the hook!) in my original office/craft room post (at the bottom of this post). :) xo

  7. I love the bright colors you used for your Summer list….I have a similar chalkboard – semi porous I think…I usually use regular chalk. Can you tell me what brand your chalk pens/markers are? Do they wipe off easily? Thank you so much! Happy Summer :)

    1. Thanks Jen! My chalkboard markers are “Pro Marker” and yes! They wipe off great. I always use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. :) xo

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