The summer holidays are a bit strange here, although the kids are all offschool, college, uni I don’t actually get to see much of most of them.
The eldest only surfaces when he wants to be fed and watered, the 17 year old is going away with church for a week of camping, and otherwise He mostly turns up when he’s hungry or needs clean clothes, the 16 year old is doing work experience for the whole summer and also football training in the evenings so I will barely see her, the 12 and 15 year olds are also going on the church trip for a week then when they come home they will be going to wales for almost 3 weeks my least favourite bit of the summer so that leaves me with the 18 year old and Ollie.
They both have autism and are both very difficult to get out of the house, Ollie gets out the least at the moment but I cannot bear to not get out of the house, I get very bored very quickly if I haven’t been out, even If its just for a walk, I need to feel the sun on my face and just going for a walk is a great mental boost, I also think that if you’ve been out its nice to come in and appreciate being home.
So Ive talked with Ollie and we’ve agreed that we will go out and do something on every third day of the holiday.
Im also trying to talk them both into coming with me for evening dog walks, thats not going well but I wont give up.
Last year I made a bucket list for the summer holidays and we did everything on the list so I’m making one for this year too.
It cant be anything too adventurous but its nice to have something to aim for.
things I want to do
Read 6 books from my to be read pile
Finish “i know why the caged bird sings”
Watch all the episodes of criminal minds (I’m up to season six of nine)
Blog every day in august (I did this last year, it was a nice personal challenge to see if I could come up with something every day, it may just be photos, it may be book reviews, maybe even a poem or two, whatever my blogging brain comes up with)
Watch stand by me and pretty in pink
Have a night out with Sue (my friend who is coming to london)
things I want to do with Ollie
Walk to the windmill
Walk to the duck pond
Go to mums 3 times, take the scooter and let Ollie scoot along by the thames
Go to the august autism screening at cineworld, its a movie called Nut job and it looks really good
Go to asda for lunch 3 times (once a week)
Walk through the cemetery after lunch at asda (3 times)
Sit and listen to Ollie read every day
Walk the dog in the evening
Play yahtzee, frustration, a card game every day
things I want to do with all (or most) of the kids
Have proper sunday dinner together every week
Go to the cinema
Walk to the windmill for ice cream
Have movie nights together
Go to battersea park zoo
Have a picnic
Go to bishops park
Let the 3 littlest have a “sleepover in the living room”
Take flowers to the cemetery every weekend
Its not the most exciting bucket list but hopefully its things that are achievable with Ollie, I want to get him out in the sun as much as possible.
Ive also told the kids that we are going to try what I’m calling technology free tuesdays and thursdays which went down
like a lead balloon quite well .
I want to encourage them to do other stuff because we all spend too long looking at screens. I want them to read more, play board games, card games together more, do something creative, get out more, spend more time together and also I want them to learn to actually do nothing and relax and sit and ponder, watch the world go by, appreciate just being a bit more, without relying on technology to entertain them all the time.
Im looking forward to the next six weeks and really hoping I can tick off everything on our bucket list.
Do you have a bucket list for the summer?