Monday, July 28, 2014

The Problem with Summer

The other day Little Reader said to me, "You know what I don't like about summer?  There's no routine"  I couldn't agree with her more.  After school ended, we took a couple of weeks to do nothing before kids started camp.  She and her sister did fun summer school classes for 3 weeks while their brother went to day camp, and now summer school is over so they are all in camp for the next two weeks, then my in-laws are coming to visit for 10 days and then a few days of nothing before school starts again the week of the 25th of August.  Just when I think I have the schedule figured out, it changes. 

They both enjoyed their summer school classes.  They both did a cooking class and have been busy on weekend mornings baking breakfast for the rest of the family which is awesome cause I get to sleep in :)  They each did a creative class too, Little Reader did one called Electronic Art where she learned how to use Powerpoint and made little movies.  Little Hugger did an artsy artist class where they did all sorts of different crafts.  

Little Man is enjoying his camp but is getting a little worn out from the longer days than he's used to.  I drop him off at 9:15 and then pick up at 1:15.  He's outside the entire time and goes to the pool everyday.  But it's good to get him used to doing something everyday to get ready for kindergarten.

Saturdays we usually spend at our new pool in town and then Sundays at the beach followed by dinner out, which means I'm scrambling to get my grocery shopping done here and there throughout the week.  Although I have sent Little Reader in to the store a couple of times with a short list and some cash which makes her happy cause she gets to do something responsible and independent and makes it easier for me as well since I don't have to keep 3 kids corraled in the store.  

Today was my first day kidless for 4 hours, which was great.  I did a long winding run by the camp dropoffs.  The change of scenery really helped me keep going.   I signed up for a 75 mile challenge and I just have 14 more miles to go over the next three days (did 7 this morning).  

The house is a mess because the weather has been so nice that I've been using most of my kid free time to run. I have to go pick up Little Man soon, but I plan on doing a thorough brain dump/to do list this afternoon so I can finish school supply shopping and get the house spic and span by the time the inlaws arrive on the 10th.  

While I agree that summer is chaotic, I love hearing the kids playing outside and giggling and being carefree.  I'll just enjoy it as long as it lasts.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Camping Weekend - Ugh

My husband and I are taking the kids camping this weekend with 4 other families.  They're all excited, me not so much, but I haven't admitted it to anyone so allow me to vent.  

We're going to a campground in Michigan no major outdoorsy place like a national park or anything, but still sleeping in tents and making our food on portable grills and campfire.  

The rest of the group has gone to this campground before and said they never left the campsite as there is a pool, playground and jumpy pillow.  There's a beach nearby but they never went?  There's a cute little town nearby, never went there either? That's fine for the kids, but I'm trying to figure out how to keep myself entertained.  

Two of the families I don't know well (if at all), one family we're good friends with, the other family is in our same circle of friends, but if they weren't I wouldn't hang out with them. 

Still I am going to put my best happy fave forward and hope for the best.  I am honestly most looking forward to a Saturday morning run along some new trail.

If nothing else, we spent so much $ on camping gear I now have a $26 reward at Sports Authority to spend when we return. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

School's Out

We can sleep in
I don't need to pack or think about lunches at 745am

Now I just need to figure out how to keep everyone (including me) on track and happy til camp starts the week of the 30th.  Wish me luck, I'll keep you posted