Ha, please ignore my dramatic title. 😆
But seriously, it’s that time of year….SUMMER PLANNING TIME. Wait, what? There’s snow on the ground. It’s January 28. My brain is so far from summer I might as well have left it in Mexico.
Nevertheless, apparently in camp-world it is summertime. Registration opens for the traditional weeklong summer camp both boys went to last summer on February 1st, and swim camp registration for Asher (at a university, with a friend) opens on February 6th. (Thank you to the other moms who have alerted me to these facts, b/c like I said…my mind is not on summer yet! I probably would have just totally missed the sign up. And then, they would be full- because I assure you, both of these camps will fill within like, 24 hours. Hmm, maybe that’s the secret…. 🤔 just kidding….)
Anyway, like it or not, we have to get at least some of our summer ducks in a row ASAP. I just never enjoy this process- every year, I gripe about it. I don’t really like planning things quite that far ahead, and it’s not generally how I really roll. So this kind of pushes me against the grain a little.
Three perks this time around:
1- I think we are basically just doing the same camps as last year. So, at least not much research into options needs to occur.
2- The options for weeks are fairly limited. For swim camp there is basically just one week. So, either it works or it doesn’t. (Of course, it’s early to really know what we will want to be doing that week/ other potential conflicts, but I guess we just hope for the best and deal with it.) For the other camp, the boys want to go with friends- so that means two separate weeks in our case, to work around their friends’ preferences as well/ plus Asher’s swim meet schedule (also not released yet/ kind of a guessing game).
3- I’m really grateful that in “non-camp” weeks (i.e the rest of the time), I don’t need to do NEARLY as much advance planning as when they were younger. Before, “camps” or “day time activities” were basically my summer time childcare while we worked. Except I was too cheap to enroll them in M-F all day camps all summer, so I would do these elaborate piece-meal setups, trying to figure out how much time I could have them home while I worked vs. in structured activities, + overlapping with free childcare options like partial day public summer school/ cheaper but still fun rec department options + some more expensive camps options + some days my mom could come cover….UGH. That was the WORST to sort out!! (having flashbacks…hives breaking out….)
Now, they can take care of themselves basically, so the camps/ activities are more for “enrichment/ enjoyment/ GET OFF THE DAMN IPAD” purposes. 😄 But I don’t have to stress as much about covering every minute, either. Phew!
Anyone else figuring out summer yet?? How’s it going??
Two random posts/memes I saw recently and liked:
1- A screenshot from my phone, but what a great visual!! Consistency, despite being smaller steps, looks like the smartest option. 🙂
2- This one is just TRUTH. Obviously.
Gratitude Challenge Day 28:
Describe the last time you laughed so hard you cried.
I had to REALLY think about this, but I think I got it…It would probably be the last time I watched The Hangover as a re-run on HBO or some movie channel. (Just happened to be on on our bedroom TV one night recently.) OH gosh that movie kills me. It is just SO FUNNY and I literally can’t get enough. The cast! Bradley Cooper…. 😉 Stu and his tooth. The tiger. Alan and the baby! Ken Jeong. It’s just too much. I have tears streaming down my face every time. I know it’s older now, but it hasn’t lost it’s charm for me.