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The Summer Blur begins again...

May 29, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
The "Summer Blur" has already begun... From Memorial weekend (when I kept thinking Sunday was Saturday and Monday was Sunday) to about the time school starts up again, the season always goes by in a giant blur when I have four schedules to keep track of instead of just my own. Between my husband's radio remote outings and ball games, my daughter's numerous day camps and lessons, summer school for The Boy, my work, and finally some "family time," each day of the week ends up with different syncing points and will likely leave me barely standing by 8 p.m.

This time, it's sneaking up even quicker than usual, for I'm attempting to get our first family vacation in starting this weekend: a.k.a - literally hitting the road the moment school's out on Friday. Since she started school full-time, my daughter has been absolutely brokenhearted when she comes home on the last day of school, already missing her friends. It's going to be double tough for her this year, since her best friend is moving out of state in a few weeks. Perhaps a quickie weekend getaway will help? (And a little "reward" if she turns over a good report card...) Let's just hope I don't have six hours of sobbing in the seat behind me.

I'm not sure why I always do this to my summers. Perhaps I have no choice, since daycare costs skyrocket for me in the summer and I try to find other options for the kiddos both for cost and to fight boredom. Yet these outings and events are also memories in the making for our family, if I'm not so busy planning and syncing the next scheduled event to enjoy it. I am pleased to say there is one week scheduled of vacation that has no real "plan" yet. We already have the family visits planned, so what will we do? Will we go someplace new and exciting (and will our budget allow it?) Or will we just find a way to spend time together and bond? Or will we drive each other so nuts that both parents will be ready to go back to work by Day 3? Only time will tell... if it will quit going by us so fast.

Here's to finding a few minutes this summer to just breathe deep and enjoy this crazy ride called life. Have a great summer break, kids - for someday you'll be working and arranging schedules through the whole thing, too!


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