We are on our second full week of summer vacation.
Me, home all day with 4 kids. I breifly looked at camps but they
are a) expensive and b) still left me with 3 weeks to entertain on
my own because we get out of school so much earlier than our local
So after I looked at the local VBS schedules I headed to
Pinterest to see how I could occupy our time. We had a standing
Adventure Tuesday that we started a few years ago
but I knew I needed more. With a new baby that has left our house a
little on the topsy turvy side I needed more structure. I found
great pin that had a fun basic schedule on it. It was
perfect! It gave me *just* enough planning to have ideas without
being a full out to do list.
I sat down the first night of summer vacation and I planned out
two weeks for us. Outings! pools! Crafts! It was going to be the
best summer ever!
Week one started out great. The kids were mostly enthused, I was
still energized and we had a great time. Week two (this week) is
not going so well. Mother Nature apparently missed the memo that it
was summer. Instead of basking in the sun I am diving into garage
sale bins trying to find our almost outgrown coats and
Tuesday our plan was to head out to a nature center to
participate in a class, have a picnic lunch and hike before coming
home. We needed to leave at 9ish to get there-early enough to
register and ease into the setting which is important if you have a
toddler. The kids of course slept in. I (of course) got distracted
by a project and at 9 we were all still in our pajamas with the
kids devouring the TV time they haven't had for 9 months. I could
feel myself start to stress. My heart started racing as I ran
around to pack lunch and get everyone and everything organized. The
normal school morning routine of snapping orders started to fly out
of my mouth.
When no one answered I stepped back, took a deep breath and
exhaled it all out. It's not school. It's their summer
It's a time to have fun and experience new things, not run
around stressed out. They were happy and having fun. The toddler
and the six year old were marching around in princesses dresses and
happily playing together. This is what summer was supposed to be
about, carefree play, not about the perfect "mom camp"
So I slowed down.
I didn't bark orders I just tried to go with it, hard for a type
A personality. You know what? We still got there in time
(barely) for the class. We hiked together for almost 2
hours. We saw a frog, a deer, a turtle and enjoyed each other. It
was a really great day and all it took was stepping back and
remembering that it's not about me and my plans, but about them and
Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels | writer | creator | localist with LittleLakeCounty.com. She once lived in heels and dreamed of traveling the world, now she lives in her minivan and dreams of a clean kitchen
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