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The Calm Before the Summer Storm

3 hours and 22 minutes.  That’s how long I have until school is out for the summer. I feel like I should be happy, excited….summer vacation is here!!  But instead I’m anxious and frantically trying to figure out how to keep everything flowing over the next 12 weeks.  Did I just say 12 weeks??? Of course, I’ve scheduled some camps for the kids, but since we practically needed to mortgage the house to pay for them all, I definitely don’t have the entire break covered. I’d like to set up a few more for everyone’s sanity but I will probably need to start selling items on eBay to make it work.  Maybe we could find a buyer for the exercise bike sitting in the middle of our master bedroom that’s being used as a clothes hanger…..hmmmm. 

3 hours and 16 minutes.

As a kid I remember summer vacation being the BEST when we swam all day, rode our bikes until it was dark and barbecued almost every night. I also recall pleading with my parents to take us to McDonald’s instead of having inch-thick onion soup burgers my parents tried to convince me were far superior.

3 hours and 10 minutes.

Summer was a time of relaxation, fun and sun. I’m not sure if things were just simpler back then or if as a kid, you just don’t realize how hard summers are for your parents.

3 hours and 3 minutes.

I guess that summer is coming whether I’m ready or not. And just like every other mom out there, it will take creativity, teamwork with other moms and a lot of patience to make it work. I’ll do my best to juggle it all, remember the sunscreen every morning, not forget to pack lunches for camp and beg for understanding when I need to leave work earlier than usual to pick up my kid when they get stung by a bee. And all the while, I’ll try to re-capture some of the magic I remember feeling as a kid during the time off from school. 

2 hours and 53 minutes.

Now if only I could feel good about wearing my bathing suit at the pool…

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