Get Good Summer 2014…

Jess McGlynnJune 26, 2014

Last summer, Claire from Clarina’s Contemplations invited bloggers to join her in making goals to really make the most of the ten weeks of summer.  I heartily joined in, always game for a bit of list making, and felt really positive about how it was all going to turn out.

How did I get on?  Well, I succeeded with 2 out of the 5 goals I set myself…yes, I will hang my head in shame!  To be fair, right smack bang in the middle of the summer, Meg had a significant and traumatic accident which threw us all off course and we lost our childcare so, again, it all went a bit belly up.

However that has not deterred me from enthusiastically creating my list this summer, hoping to join in and succeed this time.  Fingers crossed everyone!

I have been thinking long, hard, and fairly realistically about my goals this summer, and here they are:

p.s. you might think they look incredibly similar to last year but don’t let that deceive you. Or…maybe I’m just not all that imaginative!

1. Have at least 3 family days out
This was by far our most successful goal last summer and I hope to repeat it again this year.  We aren’t having a family holiday due to a family wedding commitment but I’d really like to make the most of the time we can get together.

2. Read 10 books

I am currently putting together a list of light-hearted, romance type novels (so send me your recommendations) to read over the summer.  I have been reading quite a few heavy duty ones of late which is fine in of itself but I really fancy just taking some time to read something much lighter which leaves me feeling all warm and squishy inside.  I think the summer is perfect for that and plan to take full advantage.

3. Get out at least twice a week

This is one I know I will struggle with.  The temptation when it gets to the summer holidays, and we haven’t got to rush around making packed lunches and getting dressed and out on time, is going to be just kicking back in our PJ’s and not doing anything.  I think this is fine, and necessary, some of the time, but I don’t want to waste an entire six weeks and have the kids bouncing off the walls.  I am trying to be organised and have started to create a list of cheap or free places we can go to which will wear the kids out but not be too much trouble to get to.

4. Plant something and keep it alive!
Another challenge for me as I seem to have the gardening abilities of a blind toad.  I kill everything I come into contact with.  Recently, Meg grew the tallest sunflower at school and as such is really keen to start planting things in the garden.  I have promised we will try and cultivate something.  I just need to find out which plants/vegetables are the hardest to kill!

My latest attempt

5. Have one interesting date night a week

We work hard to have date nights when we talk about things other than the kids but, one thing that we are very guilty of, is doing the same thing each week.  Nice dinner, bit of wine, movie.  When we were first dating we planned out dates which started with each letter of the alphabet and it was fun and exciting and interesting.  Although that won’t be easy to do within the confines of our home, I’m sure that we can try something a little different and just try to capture the fun again!  She says…hopefully…

Have you got any exciting summer plans?  I’d love to hear them!


  • Holly Nelson

    June 26, 2014 at 12:05

    Great aims. I especially like the last one – so important to make time for our partners!

  • Rebecca U

    June 26, 2014 at 13:16

    Great goals. You're amazing though to try an read a book a week – I've aimed for one the whole summer haha. Love the date night goal too. Good luck! #GetGoodSummer

  • Karen Bell

    June 26, 2014 at 13:32

    Good goals. I'm with you on the keeping plants alive, I manage to kill them all too. Good luck!

  • Caroline

    June 26, 2014 at 14:00

    Loving the sounds of your goals and no.4 definitely made me chuckle! Hubby and I manage to kill any plants we have in the house too so maybe I should have had that as a goal too! 🙂 I hope you don't have any dramas this year to prevent you completing your goals! Love the idea of the alphabet themed date nights – definitely trickier in the house but I still think you should give it a go! 🙂 xx #getgoodsummer

  • over40andamumtoone

    June 26, 2014 at 18:46

    Good luck, I can't keep house plants to save my life either. I have an orchid, I don't follow any of the rules for growing them, and it's the only thing that's still alive in the house. I'm better in the garden though #getgoodsummer

  • Clarina85

    June 26, 2014 at 18:58

    Aaaah! Glad to have another bookworm in our midst!!! And that plant looks a lot like many attempts of mine to grow houseplants. I've now given up and resigned myself to one fake IKEA plant in the lounge!! (I didn't just admit that online!) Glad you're joining us… looking forward to seeing how you get on! Thanks for linking to #GetGoodSummer xx

  • Emily Davies

    June 26, 2014 at 21:00

    Wow Jess, one date night a week??! My goal is 3 in 10!! Lol. But then I'm hoping they will be actual 'going out' type dates – I could totally set aside one evening a week at home…. maybe?! Can totally relate to your gardening adventures. We were given a rose for our new house (we have lived here four days shy of one month)…. yep, already dead! Good luck with your goals, can't wait to see how you get on!

  • Stacey Guilliatt

    June 26, 2014 at 22:08

    Nicky Pellegrino – Recipe for Life is a great summer read!

  • Louise Fairweather

    June 28, 2014 at 19:20

    Love your ideas – I kill plants too. 10 books is good going – I still haven't read the one from last year yet!

  • Mummy on a Budget

    July 2, 2014 at 16:43

    Great list. Good luck! I've just finished mine! One is to actually read just 1 book (yours is more ambitious!). Let me know if you have a book that you just couldn't put down!

  • Debra Carr

    July 10, 2014 at 06:28

    Such a great idea, I like that you've included things for just you on the list too so it's not all about the kids. Hope it's going really well.

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