Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How Do We Save Ourselves From An Overscheduled Summer?

Well, this is embarrassing.  It has been many months since I have written a post.  So much as happened in my life since my last post several months ago…birthdays, school plays, award ceremonies, sporting events, work events and so on.  If you have school age children, you get it.

As our last day of school approached on June 14, I was very excited to have some slow summer days.  I wanted days where we could sleep past 6:00am.  I wanted days where I could make pancakes (from scratch) for the kids.  I wanted days where I didn’t need to get in my car.  I dreamed of these slow days.  I dreamed of taking the free trolley around our beach town instead of my car.  As I sat down to plan the summer, I wanted a balance of fun activities and camps for the kids and some down time.

The first week of summer was fantastic.  We slept in, went several days without getting in the car, we had big breakfasts and lazy beach days.  My nine-year-old daughter even finished one of her required summer reading books in the first week.  This was starting out to be the summer I had envisioned.

Then came week two.  Everything changed.  We had been lucky because we got a jumpstart on our summer.   What changed with week two was now all the schools in the area were on summer vacation.  And at 4, 7, and 9 years old, my children already want to be with their friends non-stop.  They are little social butterflies.  The week brought a mix of summer camp, swim team and a constant revolving door of children in and out of the house.  I am not one of those people that embrace the chaos.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love that my children have friends and I do love that they all feel so comfortable at our house and I do LOVE having them at my house.  It’s just that it doesn’t come naturally to me.  I just need a little quiet here and there.  This is something I personally want to tackle this summer….embracing the chaos.

Week three brought more changes.  I decided to dial it back a little bit.  I wanted to go back to our slow mornings.  I decided the kids would not participate in the morning camp in our neighborhood.  Well, if you look at the photo below, you will see that idea did not work as planned.   When the summer camp meets at the public green across the street from your house, it’s a little challenging.

I am making a resolution to get back on the blogging wagon so look for many more of our summer adventures soon.

I would love to hear your ideas.  What plans do you have for your children and family this summer?