Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Explodes

I LOVE summer. I love the hot weather. I love air conditioned days indoors. I love camping outdoors. I love no schedule. I love all the festivals. I love all the time with my kids.  It has always been my favorite part of the year.

I am not the mom that dreads 3 months with the kids. I'm the mom that teaches my kids the value of lazy summer days.

So what the heck was I thinking?

Our school year was extended by a week due to snow days. Bummer.  That means Songbird went immediately into summer school the day after school got out. And she has to be there at 8 am. That's just not right.  (Songbird is ambitious. She is taking her required government course in summer school to start next year as a Senior.  Yes, my daughter is skipping over Junior year all together and will be graduating next school year. Considering she just turned 16 this is a little unsettling. But with a possible move next summer she did not like the thought of moving her Senior year.)

Tomorrow starts Girl Scout Day Camp. Its a week long "camp" for Girl Scouts to go play from 9:30-3:00. The older girls have a campout on Wednesday -- but Mighty Mouse is not in that age bracket so I didn't have to worry about that.  Except. The camp ran into a problem finding the one more Junior leader they needed. One with first aid and camp training.  So who agreed to help?  Right.  What's so bad about showing up and being a warm body and helping out the experienced people, right?

Hah. Except there was no experienced person paired with me. And the person listed as the leader wasn't at training. And the training? Well, I'm not going to say anything more on that because I'm afraid I'd get volunteered to do something about it. Needless to say I walked away from training having filled out a schedule I was not prepared for, shown a very primitive site we would be camping at, and handed a large check so I could plan activities and go buy supplies...including all the food for the campover days.

Shell shocked.  That's a good word.  And did I mention I don't have time for this? I'm in the middle of two something elses?  And they added a girl AFTER I bought all the supplies so now I have to go do it all over again...with gas the price it is AND not having the time for this?

Yes. I've proven it again. I am an idiot.

But it doesn't stop there. Oh no.

The following week I am going to 6 day REAL camp with my Junior Scouts.  6 days...5 nights. No showers. Rain or shine (and last year was 100% rain I'm told).

Oh...and then the following week....Wed-Sat.....yes, that is the week I go to GS camp with Mighty Mouse because she wants to go...but not without me.  And I'm one of the few with all the training. Again.

June is gone.

Thankfully I have a small break in July....until our son comes up for a vacation. Then we will drive him back to Texas with stops at the various grandparents in various states along the way so they can all see him.

July is gone.

And then its time to gear up for school. And go on our favorite GS camp with our troop out to the mountains. And then I fly to Texas for a week to go play with my girl friends at the lake house. And I return to put my girls in school.

August is gone.

And I did it all to myself.

Maybe its a midlife crisis gone wrong?

No idea.

But I won't be posting much.  That's for sure. Unless I take the ipad...which is very possible.

But someone might want to check on me in August....just to make sure I made it.  


  1. Oh my!

    Sounds like a busy but fun summer! :)

    Gotta love that GS training!! lol

  2. That does sound crazy busy! Take care of you.

  3. AndieJohnsonsewsJune 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    I'm worn out just reading about your schedule. Good luck!