Dreaming of Summer

The end of the Mexican school year is so close, I can almost taste it.  While most kiddies in the U.S. are on their first or second week of vacation, and even though our calendars indicate that the Summer solstice began on Tuesday, my kiddies are still in school and will continue to be for another couple of weeks.

The school year here in Mexico runs a little long.  If you factor in all of the national, local and religious holidays and festivities, not to mention the numerous classes and meetings the teachers attend every month, the extended school year makes sense.  For example, this week Nick's class has the week off from school because his teacher is attending courses on how to be a better teacher.

Having one of the kiddies home from school, made this mamacita realize that she is in desperate need of a vacation from the hustle and bustle of all that is involved in getting four kiddies ready for school, picking them up and helping them with their homework.  

I long for those days when I'll be able to sleep in until 8 and do all of the things I dream of every summer.   Not that I'm one of those people that has to plan everything, but I do have a small list of things that I would like to do this summer.  Call it my Summer Bucket List.  Some of the activities on my list are things that we do every year, with a couple of new things thrown in as well.

My Summer Bucket List:
  • Family walks in the early evening, when the weather has cooled and Hubby has closed the shop,  walking hand in hand to no particular destination, stopping every once and a while to smell the flowers.
  • Picnic at La Presa:  A real picnic, with a checkered blanket laid out on the green grass and a picnic basket filled with goodies like fried chicken, potato salad and fresh-from-the-oven brownies.  None of that buying a pollo rostisado (rotisserie chicken) on the way and eating it while seated in plastic chairs at a matching plastic table.  
  • Camping indoors:  Nothing says summer fun like setting up camp in your living room! 
  • Trips to the Library:  Yes, my small town does have a library and each of the kiddies has their very own library card.  We don't visit the library much during the school year, because the schools also have a library where the kiddies get most of their books.  But this summer I would like to make visiting the library a weekly outing.  I remember how much I enjoyed walking to the library every week to check out a new stack of books to read during the summer.
  • Game Night:  Sounds kind of cheesy, I know.  But we love playing games like Turista (Mexican Monopoly), Loteria (Mexican Bingo), Uno, Old Maid and charades. 
  • Movie Night:  Perfect for those rainy summer nights, when the electricity doesn't go out.  Everyone curled up on the couch in their pj's, lots of popcorn and the latest family-friendly DVD.
  • Summer Home-Schooling:  Just because our summers are short, like only six or seven weeks long, doesn't mean that it's going to be all fun and games at the Limón house.  No, señor!  We wouldn't want them to forget all that they learned during the school year.  So, for an hour (or two) a day, the kiddies will work on their three R's: reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic. 
  • Romantic dinner:  The last item on my list is just for me and Hubby.  Our house has a back patio.  It's where I hang my laundry to dry on the clothesline and where the kiddies keep their bikes and toys that are too big to keep in the house.  It doesn't have much of a view because the sides are closed off by tall brick walls.  But we do have a spectacular view of the sky, perfect setting for enjoying a candlelit dinner under the starry sky.
    Sigh!  Summer....I can't wait!


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    1. Sounds like a summer I'd be looking forward to as well!  I do not think Game night is cheesy at all!  I love games and so does my son.  My husband will participate occasionally.  I think it is awesome!  Your romantic dinner sounds romantic!  Can't wait to hear more.  Maybe you'll post some summer adventure stories with us.

    2. All of that sounds lovely! Specially the Romantic Dinner ;)

    3. Sounds like some good plans!  I'm thinking the kids aren't going to like one of the items on this list...

      Hope the time flies and you can sleep in!  That is what I would look forward to the most.

    4. I wanna be at your house for the summer!!! Loteria, picnics, game night where can i sign up? sounds like your family will have a blast this summer.

    5. I love games nights and I will be hoping for a date night also!

    6. This is a great list!  THanks for sharing!