I love what Four to Adore did last summer: she came up with a summer bucket list and I think she really accomplished them all!
This summer I am cutting back on the hours the big kids will be at camp. Originally they were going to be at camp 9-4, Mon-Wed, and 9-2 Thurs-Fri (and Fri afternoon with a babysitter). This is what their school schedule has been and it has worked out really nicely with me being home with the baby. But now that Smushy is older, it kind of feels a little silly to have the kids in school all day. Smushy is happier when the big kids are around, and though it is in many ways more challenging for me to have them with me, I am happier too! I miss spending time with them – when they come home at 4, I plop them in front of the TV, yell at them to stop fighting, and make dinner. This is not quality time!
I couldn’t even imagine having the kids home before 4 even a few weeks ago, but now I guess I have settled into mommy-of-3-ness, and I am ready to have my big kids home with me again.
WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO.
Ohhhh yeah I am going to have a babysitter at least one afternoon a week. Haha! Mommy can’t do it all the time! And we always have a babysitter on Friday afternoons so I can prepare for Shabbat. So .. twice a week babysitters. So really it will only be just-mommy three afternoons a week. Totally doable.
There is a three week break in August between camp and school. One of those weeks I’m essentially going to run a camp in the back yard. It’s not really a camp but it is going to be a big playdate every day and I am hiring sitters to help keep the kids entertained. But the other two weeks the kids will be with me all the time all day. Plus one week in June between school and camp, but I am already programming us for that week with play dates.
On one hand it is really daunting to have all three kids with me for so much time. But on the other hand, I am home, this is my full time job right now, and I won’t get another opportunity to play the games that we play.
There is a chance, if Smushy IS settling into a nap routine, though I hesitate to say that she has found a routine, but there is a chance that basically during the summer I will drop the kids off at camp, put Smushy to bed, then wait until she wakes up and give her lunch and go pick up the kids again. So definitely a lot of our summer activities will involve the errand-running that I won’t get to do, like grocery stores. Good thing they enjoy going to the grocery store!
But aside from errands, I want to have a great summer with the kids. I wanted last summer to be a great one, because it was going to be our last summer with just two kids. But oh, it was so hot, I was so pregnant. We watched a lot of TV. Plus potty training.
So here I am TOTALLY copying, even copying many of the items from her list. Amber I hope you can forgive me.
- Toddler beach
- BEACH beach
- Ice cream
- Splash park
- Inflatable pool
- Bikes at the dam
- Fireworks MAYBE (4th is finally not on Shabbat!!)
- Find new playgrounds
- Farmer’s market
I hope it’s not a cold rainy summer. We will see. I don’t have a ton of indoor activity ideas!
As a side note, I’m also cutting back their school hours during the year. I will have to come up with Fall, Winter, and Spring lists too. But first let’s see how well the summer list works for us