Well, another summer has come to a close here at Camp Mama, and I, the Camp Director, deem it a very successful season.
We did not complete all of the activities we had hoped to, but we did complete many. And we managed to work in quite a few activities that we hadn't planned on, so...hurray.
We slept late every day. Which was a very good thing. And by "we", I mean "me". Jude got up at the crack of dawn to play Minecraft, while I lazed around and drank coffee while diddling on the computer. I don't think I can even count how many mornings Jude reminded me at about 11 am that I still hadn't made him breakfast. Bad Mama! He did, however, survive this neglect.
We were in the sunny outdoors a LOT. Beach, pools, water parks. All good. We played tennis. We ran. We camped. We kayaked. Jude and I both have tans! Amazing, but true.
So in summation, here is what I believe I have learned over the summer of Camp Mama...
- Next year, when we go camping with girls, I must be more attentive in monitoring Jude's interest in "inviting girls into the tent", "trying to play spin the bottle" and "playing truth or dare" instead of just drinking with the ladies by the campfire. Nothing got too crazy this year, but it's just going to get worse, and next year actual contact with the girls might be attempted. Very frightening.
- Next year, when signing the boy up for camps, I MUST REMEMBER to call other moms and get them to sign their kids up for the same camps. The UCLA Track Camp would have been SO much more fun for Jude if I'd just coordinated it with other moms at the beginning of the summer, and he had had a buddy with him. Plus, that way we could have CARPOOLED, which would have saved me a lot of endless driving. Somebody please remind me of this in the future.
- I can wear a bikini, and no one will point and jeer at me. Next year, I'm going to start wearing it right at the beginning of the summer, so by the end, my big, squishy belly will be big, squishy and tanned.
- The longer, 3 week visit to the in-laws is better. Yes, I actually just said that in writing. That extra week made the whole trip SO much more relaxed, because we had time to do all the things we wanted to do. It's worth the insanity.
- It is absolutely ridiculous for me to attempt any kind of home improvement project while Jude is home from school. It's impossible. I must remember this. The kitchen is still the same ugly color, and the backyard is still a disgusting wreck.
- It is really not a good idea to allow Jude to completely forget how to multiply/divide and write cursive over the summer. Like I did this year.
So there it is. Summer is over. Thank goodness. Jude is back in school - Fourth Grade...
Which is seriously big and grown up and...eeeeeeeek! Today Fourth Grade, tomorrow college, marriage, grandbabies...! Boohooohoooo!
Sorry, I had a hormonal moment. I'll try to get it together before Camp Mama 2013.
Don't forget to visit our other Spinners and find out how they spent their summer vacations! Much fun was had by all!
Nain at View From Down Here - NEW on FRIDAY!
Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie - NEW on FRIDAY!
Sheri at Sheri's Scribbles - NEW on SATURDAY!!
Next week on The Spin Cycle...
It's back to school time for most kids, so I thought it might be a good time to consider a little learnin'. Your education? Your kids' education? Advanced education? Self-education? Sex education?
What have you learned? What do you wish you had learned? What do you wish your children would learn? What do you wish they HADN'T learned?
I feel certain that MANY of you have MANY opinions on this subject. What do you think of the state of education in America?
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