Let’s Organize Our Weekend Plans

posted by Aby Garvey on June 14, 2013 10 Comments

It feels like summer is in full swing now. The weather is getting warmer and the kids are settling into their summer-time routines of summer running, basketball on the driveway and there’s even been a trip to our favorite frozen custard place. Its moving fast…but it’s good. And here we are back again at Friday…with plans to be made for the weekend ahead. 

If you’re new to my blog, Finish It Friday started as a way to get something that has been lingering on your to-do list for a while, finished up and checked off. It has evolved into a weekly event where you are invited to share your weekend to-do list. Around here, the weekend to-do list involves stuff to do for fun, as well as stuff you’d like to get done. We don’t always check everything off our to-do lists each weekend, and that’s okay. Because what I know for sure is that we have more fun and get more done because we decided to plan ahead and decide how to use those precious days known as the weekend. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines up until now, consider yourself invited for a dose of more fun and more done this weekend.

Alright…here are my lists:

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  • Race for the Cure. It’s practically becoming a tradition for Kailea and I to run together in the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. Tomorrow is the big day. By the way, we went to pick up our t-shirts and bibs on Tuesday…and my bib wasn’t there; it was supposed to arrive via overnight mail yesterday…and it didn’t. Keep your fingers crossed that I get it in time, some way somehow. (#slightlyworried) Check! The race was fun. Running with Kailea and running for the cause were the highlights. The bib thing was distracting…and while I was able to run, someone else ran with my bib. I have no clue who…but someone else’s time is recorded as me. (And they didn’t run as fast as me. Bummer. But it’s time to let this one go. ;) ) 
  • Make cards for camp. This is another annual tradition. Next Sunday we take Kailea to camp, where for one week she has the time of her life, and I miss her like crazy. The camp has a “no contact with home” rule…which is actually a good thing for the kids, and (I guess) the parents, but it does make me a little stir crazy. And so…I send handmade cards. It is the one and only time of the year that I make handmade cards, by the way, so it’s a fun little project. No check. I’ll be doing this throughout the week…  
  • Father’s Day. Ugh. First Father’s Day without my Dad…it has definitely been approaching like a freight train. But, we’ll make it a fun day for Jay and we’ll go visit my father-in-law, so it isn’t all bad. Check. I kept busy trying to make the day nice for Jay. Hopefully he had a good day…I think so. :)
  • Make candles with Kailea. This one is a maybe. I have plenty of candles made…but still have same wax, jars and wicks…so we’ll see if Kailea is up for it. And this didn’t happen either, but…


  • Print school registration forms. Again, the goal is to get ahead of the game and fill these out a little bit at a time. Should be an easy check, right? Check!
  • Edit + print photos. I made some more progress during the week. I’ll be caught up one of these days. :)  CHECK! I edited and printed 100 prints (which means more actual photos because when I print 4″ x 3″ photos, I put two on a single 4″ x 6″ print. Long way of saying, this was a BIG project. But it is done! I now have all of April and May’s photos in my hands. Now for the fun part…putting together the pages (and ordering a new Project Life kit). Hooray!) 
  • Laundry. This is in relatively good shape right now. Love heading into the weekend with a light laundry load. This one gets a partial check. No one will go naked, so it’s good enough for now.
  • Meal plan + grocery shop. Check!
  • Research blinds and measure. No check. No worries. Still basking in the glow of the printed photos victory. :)
  • Figure out steps to paint front porch chair. And take one step. Check. I figured out the steps, and I decided on a color. 
  • Take in bike. Check! That one feels good…it has been lingering for a while. Yay! 
Alright…the weekend is a wrap! Hope you have a great week. :)

Okay…I think that’s it! Looking forward to a fun and productive weekend. What’s on your list today?

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • June 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Thinking of you this weekend as you mark your first father’s day without your dad.

    It’s a double celebration for us as my husband’s birthday falls on Father’s Day this year.

    *Father’s day/Birthday activities
    *Friday night scrapbooking
    *Goals workshop Lesson 2 task (create inspiration board!)

    *Choir Visit Housing Info to Church
    *Declutter one area from list
    *Download Feedly & Bloglovin to iPad
    *Project Life Weeks 23 & 24
    *Pay Bills
    *Mason Jar Salads
    *Blog Posts

    June 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Happy birthday to your husband, Alissa! Hope you have a great weekend!

    June 17, 2013 at 7:36 am

    We spent a lot of time partying so i didn’t get as much done. Although I do find that the more specific I am in my to-do list the better. For example even though I had “Declutter one area from list” I didn’t pick a specific area and the list was on another piece of paper so that just didn’t get done.

    *Father’s day/Birthday activities CHECK
    *Friday night scrapbooking NOPE
    *Goals workshop Lesson 2 task (create inspiration board!) NOPE

    *Choir Visit Housing Info to Church Half Check. I spent time on this, realized I need to confirm some info with the Choir before sending to church, so I emailed the choir.

    *Declutter one area from list NOPE
    *Download Feedly & Bloglovin to iPad CHECK. Don’t like either. Sad about Google reader.
    *Project Life Weeks 23 & 24 CHECK for 23, almost done with 24
    *Pay Bills CHECK
    *laundry CHECK
    *groceries CHECK
    *Mason Jar Salads CHECK
    *Blog Posts NOPE

    Well I did more than I thought I did – nice to see it in person. Hope you had a good weekend!

    June 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Yay for doing more than you thought, Alissa!

    • June 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

      My father died the day before Father’s Day several decades ago. It was a June 16 – the date of Father’s Day this year. And even though many years have past, I still find FD a heart-tugger. Ultimately, I find the best way to handle it is to remember how gloriously I (you) was fathered. Blessings.

      June 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thank you so much for your thoughts Mary. I’m so sorry for your loss and appreciate your words of wisdom about how to handle Father’s Day. Great advice. :)

      • June 15, 2013 at 1:52 am

        I usually prefer my weekends to be spontaneous… but lists are how I discipline myself, so when there are things I really do need to get done (like now), this offers me a place to do it and helps keep me accountable. But I am going a little light on the list this weekend — partly for that reason and partly because I really want to put most of my time and effort toward my Project Life scrapbooking.


        Cooking (another new recipe to try out… hopefully this turns out better than the last time!)
        Scrapbooking (PL-style… really need to buckle down and spend some time on this if I hope to finish Goal # 6 by the end of June.)

        June 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

        Hope you had a good weekend Shanon!

        • June 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          I didn’t post a list on Friday since I was traveling, but wanted to pop in and see what everyone else was up to.

          I know this holiday was a tough one for you, Aby. Kudos to you for finding a way to keep your mind occupied and make the day special for Jay.


          June 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

          How thoughtful, Lycia. Thanks for the {{{hugs}}}. :)