With the school year coming to a close, a lot of people are talking about summer plans for the kids. Some people have booked summer camps or family vacations every single week, while others have no plans at all for their kids for the summer. A couple of parents with toddlers in year-round preschool are taking their kids out for the summer even though they have no vacation plans, and that just seems crazy to me. I seem to be the only one around here falling in the middle. I booked two long-weekend camping trips, a week of soccer camp for Tiven, and two sessions of swim lessons for her. She actually knows how to swim but our neighborhood pool doesn't offer "free swim time" during the week in the summer so this is the only way to get her in the pool on a regular basis. And it's cheap enough that I don't mind if she misses a day or two for a sleepover or playdate. We're leaving Weston in preschool (he's only there in the morning) but will pull him out for our camping trips and any other fun things we decide to do in the mornings.
Where do you fall on the summer plans spectrum? Are you a complete week-to-week scheduler, a let things happen type, or are you with me in the middle? If you had no vacation plans, would you pull your toddler out of preschool for the entire summer?
This year is a real challenge for us. Last year we still had a full time nanny, but now that Juliet's in kindergarten we don't, so I have to hire someone part-time and I don't even know what hours I need yet. We haven't figured out camps or classes or anything beyond two small road trips we are taking! Ugh, I feel like the worst planner ever.
Doing 1 cubscout camp and 1 boyscout camp this year.. so dh had to take 2 weeks of to do that. We usually do not go much during the typical Summer vacation.. Play with friends a lot but we school year round.. We take most of September off for camping :)... and will probably do the same this year.. Dh is also hunting this fall so we will see what it all looks like as it comes.
I have the last week in August off leading into Labor Day weekend. No set plans. I think we'll do a lot of day trips this summer. Sundays, that week etc.
Elizabeth is not doing her summer program at her school. I had serious issues with it last summer and pulled her out. She will continue with ABA therapy.
We don't do much camp wise (not yet at least). We have a splash pad locally and my grandmother lives on a pond so we're teaching them to swim there. We're big on free summer time.
I love free time in the summer but Dave & I work, so we have to balance it all out somehow. And camps here are so expensive! We found an affordable one but it has religious aspects that they don't tell you about unless you ask a LOT of questions, and that really bothered me.
Yeah we both do too but it works out well for us. Chad's home Mon/Tues and my mom watches them on wed/thurs. MIL has them on Fridays so they get a lot of free time.
Hidden religious things is weird.
I also love free time in the summer but not when I come home from work and both kids are whining & moaning about how they did nothing all day and are bored to tears having no fun at all. And DH is whining & moaning about how the kids were bugging him all day. I had a schedule of all the free days at local museums, family memberships at a couple of places, I even had a schedule of when other kids were available for playdates, and he never took the kids anywhere, not once. That's how last summer went so I'm doing things a bit differently this year.
I'm a teacher so I have summers off. I can't wait to hang with my kiddies and spend some quality time with them! The school year always seems so rushed and I love how spontaneous we can be in the summer.
Dance will absorb most of our free time in June/beginning of July. The girls have 2 recitals and Alana has 2 National competitions as well. One is in Daytona so we'll be spending the week there. Definitely looking forward to that! We're also planning a family beach trip in June to a much more "natural" beach.
July should be more relaxing. A few doctors appointments scheduled...will probably play at the pool a lot...organize the house...nothing too exciting.
My Mom and I are taking the girls camping for a few days in August. We plan on tubing and kayaking which should be interesting because my Mom and girls have never done either.
21 more days to work......lol
We are laying really low on the camp front this year. We have the cruise in June which takes up a week, then a week at the beach in July and another in August. My DD has one week of science camp in June, and my oldest son has a 2 week (half day) literacy camp at the end of july. Other than that it will be time at the pool, time with friends, and a few weekends at the beach. After missing most of last summer due to being on crutches, I so don't want to overschedule this one. My baby starts preschool in the fall, so I will have three mornings a week to my self with out kids for the first time since becoming a Mom ~ and now that they are 6,5 and almost 3 they have gotten so much easier and so much more fun/less work......so I plan on enjoying this summer to the max without scheduling much.
We are kicking of the summer with a camping trip for Memorial day weekend. It will be our anniversary, but the girls are coming with us. I think it will be fun. Then we are going to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for a week in the beginning of June with my parents. Then we will have a week here, then go to NY for a few weeks to spend time with family and go to a wedding. July will be spent at home. I will work heavily on lesson plans for the whole school year and DH will work his part time job. In August we will start school with 3 in school for the year. I like to start in August while DH is home to help and the weather is too hot to do too much outside. Then we can be done at the end of May when it is cooler.
So mostly we will be on the go for June, but home for July and August.