Instead of Friday Favorites today, I decided to do 5 on Friday….or rather “5 Thoughts Floating Around in my Head!” I’m mentally (and physically) drained this week and feel like getting some thoughts out of my head might help me regroup…so I’m sorry if none of my post interests you today:) It’s more for my sanity!
We’re only one week in to summer vacation at school, and I’m already questioning whether I made the right decision with summer daycare. We typically have a high school girl come in and watch the kids at our house in the summer, but this year we decided to leave Ashton at the daycare he’s been going to and send the girls to the YMCA summer fun club. Both of these are great programs and the kids love it there, but it kills me to get my kids out of bed every morning earlier than they have to for school so we can leave the house by 7:20 am….isn’t it supposed to be “summer vacation”?!? I’m sure all working parents have been saying this for years, but this is the first summer it’s really affected us (in years past I’ve worked from home or only a couple days a week so summer schedule was always really lax). Dealing with the wrath of my children at 6:30 am when they don’t get to bed until late because of summer commitments (ball, 4H pigs, etc) does not rank high on my fun meter! I’m hoping we fall into a better routine as the summer goes on (at least I keep telling myself it will get easier, because it can’t get much more painful at my house this week)!
As I said, this are just random thoughts in my head. I’ve been struggling with youth sports as of late, and really don’t know how it will all pan out. I’ve encouraged Danika to play all sports available to her, because I think it’s good for kids to learn to play in a team atmosphere and take direction from someone other than parents. This spring I will be the first to admit that I overcommitted her to the point of frustration for all of us. She was so busy that she would have melt downs every night because she didn’t have any time to be a kid and I felt horrible about it. I’ve promised her that I will not ever make her play a sport if she’s not 100% on board in the future. She wanted to sign up for softball but we’re hitting the point where she’s not 100% committed so practices are a struggle….I don’t want her to quit because that’s not teaching her that she needs to follow through with her decisions. I’m putting this in writing so when it comes time to sign up for fall sports, I can go back to this post and remind myself that I will not force her into anything!! 🙂
I’m super excited that camping season is finally here (see this post for some great camping recipes)! We’re hoping to camp most of the weekend and I cannot wait to just relax…it’s nice being out at the campground and enjoying the outdoors, and then I don’t see all of the to do lists that keep growing at home! It’s fun family time, and the kids always look forward to it. Camping is one of my very favorite things about summer!
Danika has her dance recital this weekend and I always look forward to seeing her dance…she really enjoys dance and will be sad when this year is over. I’m not sure if she’ll continue to dance next year or not, but regardless am so glad that she has found something she’s good at and that she loves doing.
I really want to sit down with the kids and write a summer to do list. I think it would be fun to have a list of things they actually want to do this summer. I envision this being both simple things (eat ice cream for supper, movie night, catch fireflies) and also items that require more planning (go on a camping trip to XYZ campground, have a play date with a friend, etc). Letting all 3 kids have a say in our summer plans and also putting them in writing will help us accomplish at least most of the items on their summer fun list. I’ll try to get that done in the next week or so and share it!
If any of you have any insight on summer daycare, youth sports, etc. I’d love to hear your feedback. I’m on the struggle bus this week and need to reset as we go into June so that we can enjoy our summer…we need to find a happy balance of free time and commitments! Enjoy your long weekend – I know we will!