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Summer plans

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Unless it's a trip that has to be planned out with some serious forethought (i.e. overseas) we don't do a lot of scheduling. There are loads of activities in the city closest to us, so we will spend lots of time there. We have one trip in July that will just be my son and myself. My sister-in-law is coming home while her husband trains in TX, so the boy child and I will fly to California, and then do a road trip cross country back with her and her daughter. The week before school starts we will spend in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.

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We are flying back east for the first 2 weeks of June. We are spending the first 5 days up in the Muskokas at a cottage rental and then the remaining time with my family in Kingston, ON. I miss the water, man. Growing up on Lake Ontario sure makes me miss it in this semi-arid, land-locked province of Alberta! We are looking forward to the 1000 Islands and some tours of the local cheese factories and historical sites. We probably won't be hitting the beach as the water is still very cold in early June, but my brother has a pool and he's going to have it nice and warm for when we get there. Smile Ben's never met his eastern cousins and Claire was so young the last time we flew back she wouldn't remember them.

We are going to Fairmont, BC for DH's annual family camping trip for a week in early August. Some of you may recall me b!tching about it last year. Smile We are really looking forward to camping May long weekend up at our family 'farm' about 1.5 hours northwest of here. Should be super fun this year, as many of our friends we haven't camped with in a while are all coming.

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We really don't have anything planned for this summer. I'm heading to NC for a few days for a wedding, but it's just going to be me. My oldest son (14) will go with our church to ASP (Appalachia Service Project) in July for a week. This year they'll be in TN for a week, working on homes.

I'd love to do maybe a long weekend since I'll have Fridays off, but dh works nights and it kind of makes it hard to do anything.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

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.

I'm telling you, sitter city! I love it. Found some one easy to watch the kids last year and I only put up a summer care wanted post yesterday and already have someone lined up for interviewing. Although mine was presented as full time...and somewhat enticing because most days they can leave by 3 instead of 5.

We are going to NY for one week to visit family and for Seamus and I to go to a wedding. Other than that I have nothing specific planned. I may sign Emma up for cheering camp or lessons. Although I'm kind of in a mood to let all the camps and lessons and whatnot slide (which is why i haven't done it yet and really dont' mind if they are all filled up) and really have a free and unscheduled summer aside from me working that is. Oh and the kids keep taking music lessons through the summer.

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I heard you had a trip to Providence planned Kim...waterfire Wink

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I heard you had a trip to Providence planned Kim...waterfire Wink

YES! Thats right! We should make that happen!

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My older girls will continue on with their piano lessons throughout the summer.

I do not see a problem with a parent not wanting their child to go to a year round preschool and keeping them home for the summer. If the parent is a teacher or someone who is home for the summer, then I can understand keeping the child home for the summer. If you felt that way though, it might be best not to enroll your child into a year round program.

Year round school vs. a traditional school year would make for an interesting spin off.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

My older girls will continue on with their piano lessons throughout the summer.

I do not see a problem with a parent not wanting their child to go to a year round preschool and keeping them home for the summer. If the parent is a teacher or someone who is home for the summer, then I can understand keeping the child home for the summer. If you felt that way though, it might be best not to enroll your child into a year round program.

Year round school vs. a traditional school year would make for an interesting spin off.

When I took piano I couldn't wait for my piano and theory exams to be over so I could have the summer off! Yeah, I had to learn a few pieces of my own choosing in the next grade before I started up again in the fall, but I LOVED not having lessons every week Smile

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When I took piano I couldn't wait for my piano and theory exams to be over so I could have the summer off! Yeah, I had to learn a few pieces of my own choosing in the next grade before I started up again in the fall, but I LOVED not having lessons every week Smile

I think they enjoy the lessons. They are progressing very well. I had to make Alyssa stop practicing this evening and go to bed. Her teacher says when listening to her play you would think she was 10 or 11 and not almost 8. Brianna also does very well. I think they both have the potential of being very good if they stick with it.

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We have plans to hike to a different Oregon waterfall every week. Each summer we pick something like that to do, last summer we did a animal theme each week, zoos, wild animal rescues or wildlife preserves. Other then that I try not to plan to much stuff, we try to be pretty spontaneous.

My oldest DD is taking some voice and guitar lessons, she is really hoping to get a big part in her school musical production next year

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I missed the part about "would you pull your preschooler out if you didn't have plans". Absolutely. Its preschool. The main benefit is social. We enjoy not having such a tight schedule so that we can do way more social things with friends.

My kids preschool ends in may and starts again in september. I don't know of any (other than daycares) that offer year round preschool.

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I missed the part about "would you pull your preschooler out if you didn't have plans". Absolutely. Its preschool. The main benefit is social. We enjoy not having such a tight schedule so that we can do way more social things with friends.

My kids preschool ends in may and starts again in september. I don't know of any (other than daycares) that offer year round preschool.

Same here - very similar to the regular school schedule.

About year round stuff, IDK. I'm not like against organized activities in the summer (like soccer, camps etc.) but I just am more apt to lay off the academic type stuff for a couple months, give the kids a break and then let them get all excited to start again in September. There's plenty of years of school, IMO.

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We dont have any plans to go away this summer, but the next few months are going to be busy ones. School doesnt end here until the end of June, and during that time DD has soccer two nights a week, and DS1 has minisports (a soccer/baseball program for preschoolers) two nights a week. DD's ballet instructor has also recommended that she do the spring intensive workshop which is right after school the same two days she has soccer, and DD really wants to do it, so we probably will. I was SO looking forward to ballet being finished this weekend. *sigh*

Anyways, everything (including school) is done at the end of July! Yay! Then DH has most of July off, and I dont have daycare kids for the month, so we want to just hang out at home and maybe do some camping. I am considering putting DD into swim club for July and August 2 days a week, and trying to get DS into swim lessons over the summer too. I think learning to swim well is super important, but we dont have a ton of time in the winter to do it. DS can do lessons at preschool next winter though, so not sure if we will do them for him.

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We dont have any plans to go away this summer, but the next few months are going to be busy ones. School doesnt end here until the end of June, and during that time DD has soccer two nights a week, and DS1 has minisports (a soccer/baseball program for preschoolers) two nights a week. DD's ballet instructor has also recommended that she do the spring intensive workshop which is right after school the same two days she has soccer, and DD really wants to do it, so we probably will. I was SO looking forward to ballet being finished this weekend. *sigh*

Anyways, everything (including school) is done at the end of July! Yay! Then DH has most of July off, and I dont have daycare kids for the month, so we want to just hang out at home and maybe do some camping. I am considering putting DD into swim club for July and August 2 days a week, and trying to get DS into swim lessons over the summer too. I think learning to swim well is super important, but we dont have a ton of time in the winter to do it. DS can do lessons at preschool next winter though, so not sure if we will do them for him.

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I am a planner. Hubs and I have a calender that has appointments 6 to 10 months ahead. I know that summer is a ruckus so I book as much as I can for the smalls so I can book my own freelance as I know their papa will likely be traveling.

I plan workouts when my kids have plans. I plan interviews, articles, bugging my bosses for stuff when my kids have camps and classes.

That being said, I love my down time with the kids. With the whole family - papa, too. But we simply don't have much of it and we have less in the summer months due to the nature of our work.