19 January 2015

Hometown To-Do List

 We're spending our long Spring Festival vacation from school back in my beloved hometown--we've got nearly 6 weeks here, which is by far the longest time Angel's ever spent here (his previous record is just short of 2 weeks). I'm so glad to be spending this time at home and I've got plenty of things to remember to do while we're here. I wonder just how many I'll accomplish (I'll be marking items off as they are experienced):

(The usual cast of characters will be involved, of course)

1. Go swimming in the (apartment complex's) pool.

2. Go to a secluded beach (by hiking or boat)

3. Visit the mainland.

4. Go kayaking.

5. Go to the doctor for vaccinations (Boo!)

6. Go to the eye doctor for new glasses

7. Go to the dentist for cleanings.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Marathon

9. Take an awesome (partial) family photo.

10. Give haircuts (Sarah, MG, Anna, Shannon, Rebekah)

11. Get a haircut.

12. Watch Into the Woods at the theater

13. Play card games while listening to sad songs on Youtube.

14. Play "Puerto Rico"

15. Host a Valentine's Day party

16. Eat Indian food

17. Have a scavenger hunt

18. Go to morning market

19. Go to night market

20. Give ang pow for the first time ever (AHHH!!! How did I get so old?)

21. On that note, have Angel experience his first ever Chinese New Year. Chun Jie Kuai Le!!

22. Visit Little India.

23. Execute an awesome senior photo session for Anna, my 17 year old sister.

24. Don't completely forget about studying and practicing Mandarin.

25. Go hiking.

26. File federal, state, and city taxes for the USA (probably easier to do in a country with more reliable internet?)

27. Eat homemade cookies and other baked foods (a roast chicken wouldn't be too far out of line...)

28. Do a photoshoot with masquerade masks. (because my family has masquerade masks and they just seem awesome).

29. Organize something in their house--they're better at sweeping and dusting and that sort of cleaning than I am, but I am the master organizer.

30. Read good books
-My Father's Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg
-Shouldn't You Be In School? by Lemony Snicket
-Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
- The Selection, The Elite, and The One by Kiera Cass
-Living on the Edge by Loren Cunningham
-Lies My Teacher Told Me
31. Ask Mom all of the theology-related questions we keep forgetting to ask her.

32. Swing dance with the kids.

33.  Create some food experiments in the kitchen (so much easier to do in a bigger kitchen, with more kitchen appliances, and with more ingredients available!)  So far, we've made "Potato Surprise" casserole.

34. Ride the bus (so that we are no longer middle-schoolers who have to rely on our parents to drive us around).

35. Go to my favorite mall.

36. Help out with homeschooling (because once all the schoolwork is done, we can play!)

37. Take the kids to the park.

38. Organize and back up all of my family's home movies from the last decade.

39. Begin work on my next book.
Anonymous said...

Look forward to you blogging about some of these (especially your 'ang pow' experience!)....have a lovely time with your family (I sense you have been missing them a lot!!!).....

Sarah Moore said...

Yay for spending time with family! I hope you have the best 6 weeks scratching all of these things off your list!

Inge Jane said...

Ooh this sounds like it will be a fun vacation! And it's so nice that you get the nice long break to accomplish it all!

Jennifer Prod said...

oh gosh, i'm swooning with jealousy - beach? pool? kayaks? sounds like summer! as for me? a few more months of winter... anyway, enjoy and take lots of pics so i can live vicariously!

Anonymous said...

Aw yay! Sounds like a busy but super-fun soujourn! Good luck with those taxes, whew...

Suzanne said...

I can't wait to see the photo shoot with the masquerade masks!


Patty said...

Next book!? How exciting...what's it going to be about?? Have a wonderful 6 weeks off:)

Veronica Lee Burns said...

#28 sounds awesome and swimming sounds soooo good!

Bethany Carson said...

Sounds like a mostly fun list--the dentist, vaccinations, and taxes don't sound so exciting, but they are essential. Enjoy your time with family!

chelsea @ the new wifestyle said...

woohoo 6 full weeks at home?! yay! enjoy and i hope your whole list and more get accomplished :)

Witchcrafted Life said...

My stars, that is a huge list! Very smart to include filing your taxes on home turf. I would suspect (though have no experience with the US tax system to date) that makes things easier on many fronts when it comes to paying the taxman.

Have a safe, awesome trip and fantastic time at home, dear gal!
♥ Jessica

Farrah said...

Yay! I love making to-do lists for when I get to go home to visit too! :D All the usual physical checkups and doctors' visits are a given, but food is definitely always on my list as well. :]

Hope you have a lot of fun at home, and that you get to finish off the stuff that you need to get done!

Tayler Morrell said...

Glad you are able to have such a long vacation!

Anonymous said...

HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!! I'll be thinking of you guys when I'm on my vacation, too!

Anonymous said...

Have such a wonderful time on your vacation! Spending time in your hometown is always wonderful :)

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

This list is fantastic. I hope you have plenty of time to enjoy and get it all done. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Have fun rediscovering it with your hubby. Enjoy all six weeks!

MrsTee said...

How fun! I love To Do Lists that have everything to do with fun and memories...I hope you get to check off everything! :D

Lux G. said...

I'll be going to my hometown too next month and I'm excited. I might be doing some of your suggestions here. :)
Have a great time!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great list! You're going to have such a great time. :)

Hall Around Texas said...

That is quite the list! And how exciting to get to spend 6 weeks at home. I hope you guys enjoy every second of it!

Living, Learning, Eating said...

Awesome list, it sounds like a lot of fun!

M said...

Enjoy your stay at home! Going home is a great feeling! =)

Jenn said...

What a great list! Enjoy!

Susannah said...

I hope you get all this stuff done while on your trip!

Unknown said...

Looks like you are in for some great times on your break! Enjoy!!

The Life You Love said...

This is a really good and cute idea! I should do this for when I visit my family.

Angela said...

Great list! Can't wait to hear about some of these!

Kenya Rae said...

I absolutely would not know what to do with myself if i had SIX whole weeks off! super jealous! Enjoy it to the fullest...

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Be blessed!

Marli said...

yayyyy! what fun and what a great list! hope you have a great and enjoyable time.

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