WE MADE IT. It’s the last day of school, and we have officially survived the most wacky school year ever.
The boys aren’t up yet and I don’t have any “last day of school pics” yet, so here is a throwback to their 1st day:
Talk about a lot of ups and downs. If you recall, the boys had to start school virtually, after their planned in-person start was suddenly uprooted. Then, a couple weeks later, they were able to go back in person….though in a very different way from “normal”. They were virtual again from Thanksgiving through mid January out of precaution, then home again for a quarantine in April.
I am soooooooo impressed with how resilient kids everywhere have been. It’s not like anyone came around and asked the kids what they wanted to do or how they really even felt about it all. (Obviously, that wasn’t really an option. But my point is- their entire year revolved around some adult just telling them constantly, “Oh, change of plans! This is what you are going to do now. Back to virtual. Nope, now in person. But, you can’t play with that group at recess. Wear your mask at all times. Eat lunch behind a plexiglass. Etc.”).
I have the utmost appreciation for our school administration and the teachers, too (cannot even imagine everything teachers went through this year figuring out the virtual/in-person/hybrid stuff…).
Mostly, I just feel so proud of everyone!!! Like, we all made it!! The kids did it! The teachers did it! The parents did it! I think everyone seems to have turned out okay so far, too. 🙂
Now, bring on summer. I intentionally kept their schedule a little “lighter” than I have other years.
I listened to a few podcasts recently where people were discussing their family summer plans. In one, the host listed off something like EIGHT different camps the kids were attending!! 🤯 (not counting a couple family vacations in there, too.) I know many people rely on those for childcare purposes, so I guess I get it…but whoa! That sounds absolutely exhausting to me and I kind of think my kids would hate it. (Though I’m sure the camps are super cool.)
I really think my kids are most looking forward to just…hanging out and playing outside with their friends. Riding their bikes around, probably some swimming, games of kickball or whatever they all play over at the park together and eating freeze pops after. And, video games. 😉
For activities, they still have plenty in the mix, but I don’t think it will be all consuming.
Ethan goes to camp at the end of June with his friend (traditional summer camp). He is doing a YMCA track club twice a week, too, starting when soccer ends in a few weeks. Both boys have piano lessons plus some music/art enrichment classes in place of lessons some weeks (part of the music school curriculum). Ethan is going to do either 4 or 8 private swim lessons, since he’s just not really the strongest swimmer (he doesn’t want to do this, but I’m making him). I might try to squeeze in a few tennis lessons again for him if I can with his old coach, since I know he’s missing tennis.
Asher has swim team which is 4 nights a week plus some full weekend away meets, so that alone will keep him busy! He is doing swim camp in a couple weeks, plus traditional camp the 1st week of August. He has the piano/art classes like Ethan, plus he also has 5 virtual band lessons too. He wants to do those online drawing classes, too. I’m sure he will also want to keep working out with his uncle many mornings. 🙂
4th of July week always feels busy with festivities, and then we have 2 weeks of vacation in August!
I’m hopeful that we will be just structured enough to stay active and engaged with some activities, but have plenty of downtime to enjoy SUMMER.
I am grateful for my own childhood summer memories. I always think of them at this time of year! 🙂