There’s something about the school year screeching to a climactic halt of paper work and award ceremonies and scheduling that is both uplifting and downright terrifying (see also: small people who inhabit your home kicking your grass and taking down names in sidewalk chalk).
This was especially apparent when not quite two hours into official summer vacation my girls were either a) fighting or b) whining or c) fighting, whining, and declaring sheer and utter boredom.
Ask any parent what their kids are going to do all summer and you’ll get a variety of answers.
Most parents do as we do…the best they can. One family we know (and one spouse is a physician), enrolled their kids in variety of day camps for the duration of last summer. But at an average of about $200 a week per kid, that’s not going to happen at our house.
Thank God for Free Day Camp With Jesus, also known as Vacation Bible School. It’s the best child care gig running here in the South.
The girls have not one, but two, Vacation Bible School options this June. Miss C is also playing in a weekly indoor soccer league on Monday nights.
It’s all about balance.
I can’t leave the girls home all day in front of the Disney Channel (although trust me they are THIS close to becoming Selena Gomez‘s zombies), so I’ve arranged to work from home on both Wednesdays and Fridays for the summer. They’ll hang out with their grandparents Mondays and Tuesdays and my hubby will do Daddy Thursdays and take the day off to do something fun with the girls. Of course this means he’ll be working most Saturdays.
It’s all about tradeoffs.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love my girls and I love spending time with them. But is tricky to juggle the whole childcare, working from home some, working in the office some, slaying the “I’m Boreds” all summer without resorting to non-stop electronic entertainment, and trying to explain why you can’t eat popsicles for breakfast for the 900th time.
More often then not I find myself spouting off a classic parental retort: “When I was a kid I played in the hot sun with nothing but a hodge podge of hand-me-down Barbies and my pet chickens and I liked it!”
This is the second full week of summer vacation for both my girls.
That’s why you may see us stocking up on plenty of Capri Suns for them and wine and beer for us.
It’s all about the right beverages.
Cheers to summer!
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