Tackle it Tuesday — The Summer Calendar

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

What are you doing this summer?

Most of you Americans are well into your summer vacations, but up here in Canada, as well as some of the Pacific Northwest, we haven’t started summer yet!

Not only was school not out, Jackson’s last day of school is tomorrow, but the clouds refuse to let the summer sun make her way through. We are still wearing sweatshirts most days with weather in the 60′s!

This year, the cold weather has encouraged my denial that summer is coming and I have procrastinated organizing Jackson’s summer calendar. To keep my very active son busy in the summer, I usually sign him up for lots of summer day camps.

summer calendarsBut with school ending tomorrow and the thought of my easily bored son soon bouncing off the walls, I finally printed out July and August calendars and began mapping out Jackson’s summer schedule, as well as our family vacation times.

(In case you are wondering, Olivia’s summer plans are not nearly as complicated as Jackson’s. I have childcare for Olivia while I work, so she will be continuing her routine of play dates and park visits. But I don’t want to subject my eight year old son to hanging out with preschoolers! SO, summer costs me a fortune paying for individualized childcare. But that is what happens I guess when children are six years apart.)

Jackson’s summer calendar kicks off on Wednesday when he heads off to our cabin for a boys’ weekend with his Dad. Olivia and I are going to stay here because I have a Twitter party on Wednesday night (don’t forget to join in Wed 7-9pm ET!) and a ton of other work to do.

Today, I signed Jackson up for four day camps, and along with our three family trips we have scheduled, Jackson will have only a couple weeks to drive me crazy flying his remote control helicopter into my head while I am trying to work. (And thankfully his Nintendo DSi will keep him busy too when I really need some peace and quiet!)

And the survey says…

All this summer prep made me curious what YOU are doing to keep busy this summer.

SO, I checked out the survey results from our Power Your Summer Survey with Rayovac.

According to the survey, I am not the only mom who struggles with bored children during the summer break.

68.3% of you said your children get bored and 73.7% of you sometimes struggle to come up with fun ideas to entertain your family during the summer.

And, I am also not the only one searching my local park and leisure guides for fun activities, 61.1% of you report that you research events and activities in your community.

Have you won yet???

Speaking of our Rayovac Summer Survey, don’t forget EVERY day Rayovac is giving away cool summer prizes! Entering is super easy — “Like” Rayovac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Rayovac and enter the promotion at www.Rayovac.com/PowersYourSummer for a chance to win daily prizes.

Oh — and remember — we have some summer night Twitter fun for you on Wednesday, 7-9pmCT with our Rayovac Power Your Summer Twitter Party. We have lots of prizes!

Are you getting any TACKLING done this week? Link up show off…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the MckLinky below!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail style linky…

IF the thumbnail Linky doesn’t work for you — or you prefer the old style, you can enter in the linky below.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.
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Did you know that Susan and I also have a pedal car store and a rocking horse store?

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne June 29, 2010 at 1:45 am

My guys are too little for huge scheduling yet – but I see it on the horizon. We signed up for soccer this summer and we’re already planning our vacation around it!


2 Janice June 29, 2010 at 1:47 am

I remember Jackson’s first soccer camp! :) Such little cuties!

Have fun!!!


3 Crafts for Toddlers Onna June 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

I did the same thing last week!! I was starting to feel like I would never be able to keep track of the various week long camps and OT/Speech/Tennis/Dance appointments and lessons! So I sat down and wrote everything out. That’s when I realized that almost everyday we had somewhere to go!!! A little to much for my taste, but some of the things are necessary! Unfortunately each of the few week long camps my 2 kids picked do not overlap, so while one has one, the other one doesn’t. The upside of that though, is that I will get to spend some quality time with each of them alone this summer, a definite unusual event! It looks like it’s going to be a busy, fun summer in our house!


4 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Yes – that will be a nice chance to have quality time! But I bet some alone time would have been nice too! ;)


5 Toddler Crafts Onna June 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Janice- LOL- TRUE! some alone time would be nice! I might just have to get a sitter on some occasional days to get some time!


6 Sandy June 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

I am happy to finally have tackled our linen and school supplies closets. Look forward to reading ohters posts. Thanks for hosting


7 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Good for you!!


8 Susie's Homemade June 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

We have been swimming all summer but when the temps cool…it’s off the the library:-)


9 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Haven’t stepped into a pool yet. Oh how I wish we had a pool in our backyard! But we need some sun first!


10 Kristy Howard June 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

Wow, it’s hard to me to imagine it being 60-degrees somewhere! Down here in Texas, we’ve had 100+ weather for weeks now!! (Wanna trade?) Does it EVER get hot up there? I’ve never been to Canada, although my family has roots up in Michigan. :)

Kristy @ Homemaker’s Cottage


11 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I was just in Orlando for a meeting last week and felt the heat. Wow. That sure is something. It never gets much about 85degrees around here. Usually in the 70s most nice summer days. Inland in can get VERY hot. But we are on the pacific south coast of Canada – at the US border.


12 Janna June 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I had been missing Tackle it Tuesday! Glad to be a part of it again.


13 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

YAY – glad to have you back. :)


14 Debbie June 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

First, could you delete my first entry of Cleaning- Star Wars stuff. I looked at it after I choose the picture and thought… that was dumb… I did not choose a picture of my Star Wars stuff I choose the wrong picture.

I am slowly working my way through my bedroom… deep cleaning… while I do other work that must be done before I begin our homeschool year again the last week of July. Thanks for hosting the tackle… it keeps me working on the cleaning I need to get done so that I have something to post each week for your meme.


15 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I deleted it. :)

So great that you are doing such thorough tackling! Great work and thanks for linking it up here. :)


16 Erica & Pinot Grigio June 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Yay for Tackle It Tuesday! I have only just discovered you, but this is what I needed to get off my lazy butt and do some stuff that REALLY needs to be done! :)


17 Annette W June 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I’m curious…this is a huge site. Janice, is this site your job, or do you have another?


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