The Different Summer

There are only 2 weeks left until school starts! I am in two minds about this because the kids drive me mad quite a bit, but also, I haven’t had half as much quality time with them this year, as in previous years. I had a nice week here and there, but that’s it. There were no themed-camp weeks, or gardening, or much else. There was fuck all, really. But there were life lessons in there, anyway, as there are for any who might look for the silver lining.

My kids are not the centre of the universe: I like to think that they knew this already, since I’ve never dropped anything to be at their beck and call, but since I’m working and they are home with Husband, who is also working but just from home, I’m not available to them. They’ve had to make their own adventures, which I think they’ve done in the past, anyway, but let’s face it, my adventures kick ass! They have learned that they fit into a social fabric, rather than being the yarn of the fabric, or whatever other metaphor you like. 

Their actions have consequences: Again, I think they knew this but they surely had it reinforced when I came home in the afternoon/early evenings and if they were dicks, they would hear about it! 

If something hadn’t been done by the time I got home that I had asked about in the mornings, then get thee to bed, devils. 
There’s not always enough time: We ran out of time for pretty much everything this summer, and we all had to just deal. We all wanted playdates and day trips and creative opportunities. There were half as many daytrips and a mere tenth of the number of playdates we would have liked, but with soon-to-be 9yos birthday coming up, we hope to rectify that a little with a stupidly large party that includes two classes, at least that’s an opportunity for some creativity.

I can’t imagine that next summer will be any different, but maybe we’ll be used to it by then?

Of The Essence

There is never enough time, and if we had more of it, we’d probably try and do more so we’d end up with the same lack of it. I have the day off work, today, and there was a long list of cool shit I wanted to do, but there’s just not enough time for everything.

We didn’t end up going to the movies, which is a shame because tix were only a buck, but we’d seen it anyway AND we met this cool aussie guy randomly, which never happens. We made it to the coffee shop for df gf #bigwigdonuts, and then enrolled in the summer reading program at the library.

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I feel you, buddy

Now I’m drinking white wine and baking shit, coz that’s how I roll.┬áLater this afternoon will be a different ballgame, though, since we need to tidy the house and that is sort of an undertaking. But I found some smores supplies, so bribes will help, and maybe we can have a campfire. No, actually it’s just marshmallows, but we can still campfire the shit out of them which the boys will enjoy.

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domesticated as fuck

So even though there’s never enough time, today has been quality time, and I’m glad of that.

Summer Camps

I don’t have cash to blow on summer camps, but I’m pretty crafty so I’ve made my own. The boys are doing 2 paid camps – the summer holidays are 3 actual months long, after all – but the rest is all me, baby. I have had a few people interested in my schedule, so I thought I would share it for the benefit of all and sundry.

Gardening Camp
Last year was the inaugural Gardening Camp and it was a success. This year I am stepping it up to two weeks, and have secured the services of a “guest lecturer”,  as Husband coined the phrase. Our neighbour is a master gardener, and I have an appointment during the week so he has agreed to babysit. He will be pretty excited when he finds out it is Gardening Camp at our house. He has been working on his garden for 30 plus years and was in the local garden tour, so I feel sure he can add some gravitas to our camp.
Aside from a guest lecturer, we will of course be weeding and seeding, but also making transplant starts of hydrangeas and roses; a fairy garden; using the lawn mowers, and probably riding around in the ride-on mower trailer, to keep the merriment rolling along; composting; working on the hillside path, and perhaps some landscaping blocks around the joint.

Survival Camp
With all the earthquake activity along the Pacific Rim/Ring of Fire, I am doubly glad I had this idea.
Archery; making fire from scratch; foraging edible plants; camping; making emergency backpacks for the kids (we already have 2 big ones); making a solar oven and cooking with it; diy cheese; basic first aid. Conveniently, there is a Ham radio convention in our local area at the beginning of our scheduled camp week, and I have a book which teaches the basics. I shall try and include fishing, as well.

Technology Camp
After watching Honey I shrunk The Kids, the boys were gung-ho for all things technological and unrealistic, so this camp follows a week of paid camp all about inventing things.
We will ride the bus around town – which we never do except at the airport in Dallas; spend time watching planes take off at the local airports; check out the local kids museum which has a lot of electrical kids toys and gadgets; the aviation museum; rebatterise all of the remote control toys laying around, and finish off the week at the local park where Big Hero 6 is showing in the evening.

Sporting Camp
This isn’t really a camp. We will be riding bikes almost every night the whole summer, and doing bmx 3-5 days per week some weeks, but the boys are also doing a kids obstacle challenge out of town towards the end of summer, so we will probably head out that way and camp for a few days beforehand. There is a lot of hiking and biking trails around, and 6yo tried kayaking for the first time yesterday and apparently mastered it pretty quickly, so he and his bros will be keen to do more.

Calming Camp
This is also, not really a camp, but we need a few days off after we come back from our trip away, and doing some calming activites will help us with the time zone transition, I think.
I will be getting a copy of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” and hopefully we can knock a bunch of them out ourselves; yoga; swimming; writing letters to family and friends, and members of the community; writing a letter to Santa to redirect his gifts for them to children in need; kid’s art studio visits.

After all that, there will still be 2 weeks of holidays left. Add in some sleepovers, and we will all be ready for school to go back!
Enjoy