There are so many things I want to do this summer. The very first thing I’m going to do is put my school books in a corner where I won’t look at them for the entire summer, and then write a What’s up Yukon article about all the other things I’m going to be doing.

I’m going to feed fireweed to the bunnies, and check if they’ve had any babies yet. If they have I’ll congratulate them and the bucks, Gilbert and Fred (they’re from Prince Edward Island), who will be daddies for the first time.  

I’ll go to our layer chicks and see if they’ve gotten any bigger in the last fifteen minutes. They probably haven’t.

I’ll race our dog to the lawn and run around, playing fetch with her. The only way to get the stick from her is by playing dead or giving her a doggie treat. 

I’II look at the meat chicks and turkeys and wonder how such little animals can poop and stink so much. 

I’ll ride my bike to the end of the driveway and back (we have a long driveway), and bike to the quails and see if they’ve laid eggs. We’re going to try and hatch some quail chicks. 

We tried hatching some Buff Orpington/Barred Rock-crossed chicken eggs, but we cooked them by accident because my mom’s thermometer wasn’t working. Not even one of them “pipped” — that’s what it is called when they make their first hole in the egg before they come out.

After I look at all the animals to see if anything’s changed, I’ll go inside and read a book if it’s raining. 

I’ll jump on the trampoline, swing on the swing, or play on our backyard zip-line. 

Sometimes I think our place is kid paradise. There is just about everything my siblings and I could want here — except for electronics, we don’t have any of those.

If it ever rains for a long time, I can bake cookies, or make dinner that night. I can cook all day and never get tired of it. 

I will be having loads of fun this summer (like I do every summer), and I’m so excited for it to start.