Monday, July 15, 2013

Oh What Do You Do In The Summertime?

Hello Friends,
I decided that since it was summer, and I didn't want to think about school (yet), I thought I would share what my family has been doing for fun. After all, don't we all need a short break from thoughts of our "other" lives?

This summer has been exciting for me. This is the first time in 14 years that I haven't spent nearly every summer day at school preparing, stressing, prepping, stressing...

What changed this year?

Good question.

By all accounts I should be freaking out. I have 3 writing classes that are using a new writing program this year which I have barely glanced at, AND, I am teaching all the science for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. I know 6th, and most of 5th, but 4th grade science is ALL new to me.

BUT- I realized that if I didn't start taking time for my family, and for me, and for creating (which I enjoy doing), that something would give, and, I realized, it just might be my job! Best part is, I have thoroughly enjoyed the break. I am actually looking forward to school starting for the first time in years. WAHOO!


What has the Hughes clan been up to then, with all this extra "together" time?

Well, just this week we took this idea from pinterest:

OH MY HECK! The kids LOVED IT! We used dollar store glowsticks and cheap-o water from the store. We didn't have a soccer ball, so we used a mini-basketball. This is a keeper, and we will be doing this at my wife's family reunion next month. WAHOO!

We go swimming twice a week and the kiddos are LOVING that. We bought a season pass for the local pool here in town. I am not a big fan of swimming, but the kids get me to go at least once a week. I even get in the water and play with my cutie-pie 2 year old girl (pictured below).

One of our most favorite events is hosting the Hughes Summer Cinema at least once a month. We started this tradition last summer and we have really improved on it this year. In fact, we got all sorts of serious this year and invested a small fortune to make a viewing screen. We bought the materials for and created a HUGE screen for our back yard. We used 2" PVC for the frame we designed and a painter's cloth for the screen itself. My wife sewed it all up in about an hour while my father and I played measure and cut with the PVC. We break it down between viewings as the finished screen is about 10 feet tall and 18 feet wide! WAHOO!

As you can see, this is a HUGE event and we LOVE having our family and friends over. Everyone comes early and eats treats and visits. This last time we secured a subwoofer and it was pretty amazing.
So far this summer we have watched: Brave, Life of Pi, and Emperor's New Groove. We are planning our next showing a week from Friday.

As part of each movie, we have a theme for a treat. We made this for Brave. I think the theme was BRAVE something new, or maybe it was just bring a tasty treat to share, I don't know... ha ha. Whatever it was, this is what we made. S'Mores Mix. It was super easy to make and OH SO TASTY! I think I ate most of it myself.

(Click on the picture to see the Pin on Pinterest)

We have also made and played Kick Croquet (idea on pinterest, but couldn't find the pin). Dollar Tree hula hoops cut in half, small balls (1 per person), and 3- 36" dowels but into 6" lengths (from our local ACE Hardware).

I have also been busy creating resource for the FOUR on-line stores I sell in. It is very relaxing (most of the time) to take a blank screen and turn it into a resource that will help my students learn a concept better. I enjoy sharing those with others as well. Here a few of my latest:

There are many more, but I will let you find them if you are interested. :)

As you can see, I have been enjoying my summer. This is all new to me, and I think I can handle this EVERY summer. I didn't realize how much a break can truly do for the soul of a teacher.

How about you? Are you MAKING time for you? What is your favorite summertime activity?

I wish you a restful summer!

-Mr. Hughes
 Fourth, Fifth, Sixth -


  1. It sounds like your house is THE place to be this summer! You have found some great outdoor games and movie night is way cool! Enjoy the rest of your summer bReAk. :-)

    Renee J
    Growing a Teacher

  2. Thank Renee-
    It has been a wonderful. I hope your summer has been just a awesome! :)

  3. Outdoor movies with friends and family...What an awesome idea. Where did you get the screen from?

    1. Hey Donna,
      We made it. No patterns, no pinterest pin... ha ha. My wife and I figured it out, and my dad helped me build the frame while my wife sewed the painters drop cloth to fit the frame. It turned out SO good! :)

  4. I want to grow up at your house! ;)

    I've been reading, a lot, and trying not to work.

    1. Joan, we would LOVE for you to come and visit! :)
      I have been reading a bunch too. I have actually finished three books! That is a summer record. Wahoo!

  5. I second Joan - this ROCKS! You have some LUCKY kiddos there! :)

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    1. Hey Lauren,
      Thanks for the kind words. It has been such a wonderful summer.

  6. This is the place where got relaxation from the busy life.Outdoor movies with friends and family...What an awesome idea.Enjoy summer.

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    1. I hope it has inspired you to invite some friends over and watch a good flick with some treats! Have a great summer! :)

  7. I love this post! I should have taken my vacation at your house. ;)

    1. YES! Of course we are so NOT Disneyland... ha ha. You would be welcome ANY day. :) Have a great day and trip. WAHOO!

  8. I am not into technology too too much but how do you project the movie.....I would love to do this for Family Night Suppers during the Spring, Summer, and Fall....

    1. We use a regular projector like used in classrooms! It is so much fun. We do a movie about once every 3 weeks. We choose a movie and then design an invite.


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