Saturday, June 6, 2009

This Is A Break? What Break?

School got out at noon on Wednesday.  As of right now, 8:14 on Friday night my children have been home for 56 hours and 14 minutes non-stop.  We've been loving each other and enjoying together-ness and unstructured joy for 56 hours and 14 minutes.

I love summer.  I love when it is so hot and icky outside that you can crank up the AC until you need a sweater.  I love not having to wake up early.  I love not having to stress out about homework.  Backyard BBQing, letting the kids stay up later than usual, spending the day at the pool.  These are the things we look forward to all winter.

Every spring I plan out what day camps the kids will go to, scheduling in many weeks of nothing because it just sounds so nice to be able to get up and do whatever we want to that day.  Every year around this date, two full days into our summer break, I have a complete panic attack and wonder WHAT part of that plan made sense?  

In 56 hours and 14 minutes my three lovely children have managed to destroy my house, run through my thriving vegetable garden, eat everything and anything in the house with an ounce of sugar in it,  break my ear drums (both) while arguing over LORD knows what, clog and overflow the toilet, step in dog poop and track it in the house, spill chocolate milk all over my newly mopped floor, smush blueberries on the rug, and WHY oh WHY do they need to wear three different shirts each day?  My laundry has doubled!  

Why do they call it summer break?  Can someone explain that one to me?

My boys have two weeks of sports camp starting on Monday and then nothing scheduled for FOUR weeks.  Nothing but me.  At home.  In my house.  With me.  me.  

I think I'll go make some brownies.


20 Responses to "This Is A Break? What Break?"
  1. Heather said...
    June 6, 2009 at 3:28 AM

    You better make a double batch of those brownies! ;-) Summer break is just the cruelty of the school systems to make parents deal with their own children once in a while. They suck.

  2. Anonymous said...
    June 6, 2009 at 3:36 AM

    I loathe summer break. You see, I'm a summer break means more work for the same pay. All 4 kids home from school waiting for me to entertain them and be at their beck and call while I got used to having them gone all day! Plus my husband is a teacher so he has summers off and is loving life while I'm miserable in my extra work...Sorry...didn't mean to put a downer to your summer happiness! Lol!

  3. Hit 40 said...
    June 6, 2009 at 4:45 AM

    I really like your new blog design! Clean and easy to load. Maybe - a little bigger font would be nice. Your side bar is excellent. Classic Colors. Nice!!!


    Your post today made me glad that I.....

    have not got new carpet for my house.

    did plan out every minute of summer!!!

    do not bother to try to clean the floor.

    replaced every toilet in the house with a top consumer reports pick for a no clog toilet. We have not had an overflow or clog since the toilet replacement. The toilet is about $150? It is an american standard brand.

    Maybe... I should just go write my own post!!!

  4. Diane said...
    June 6, 2009 at 7:12 AM

    school's out next week for us. i'm terrified!

  5. McMommy said...
    June 6, 2009 at 7:14 AM

    So funny! When I started reading, I agreed with you...the lazy days of no schedule, etc.

    But by the 2nd day, I'm usually going batty!!! Where are the summer camps?!?!? :)

  6. Veronica Lee said...
    June 6, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    In Malaysia, the school break is for 2 weeks in June. We're at the end of the first week and I'm soooooo looking forward to the day when school reopens again!!!

  7. Unknown said...
    June 6, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    We homeschool so there is never a summer break here. I have them all the time.
    We do take off for the summer -- but I'm writing up stuff, printing up stuff, and order books for next year. I'm usually busy all summer planning our school year.
    Hope you have a wonderful summer.
    Thanks for coming by today!

  8. Unknown said...
    June 6, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    IS it an away camp?? You may need the 2wks to put the house back in order LOL. I wish I could send my kids to a camp.. anywhere really... a desert...... They need busy work. My sister drops hers off at the mall or movies, but mine are too young for that. Plus since they're homeschooled I really have no summer break or fall break or any kinda break. We need breaks sometimes.

  9. Aliceson said...
    June 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Exactly! When do WE get a break? I'm not sure if we can afford summer camp this year. It's going to be a long summer but at least my girks are in school for a nother week.

  10. Therese said...
    June 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    I will be dealing with this next week! Joy :-)

  11. Becky said...
    June 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Thanks for my laugh of the day!
    And yes, brownies are the perfect comfort food! Make a triple batch and freeze some for later! You'll need them!

  12. septembermom said...
    June 6, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    I'm getting my battle gear ready! The house will be full of crazy energy all the time. No camp this year. I need to make brownies every night :)

  13. Stephanie said...
    June 6, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Brownies, sugar, freezies, thanks for reminding me about all of those things I need to stock up on!
    3 weeks until our summer break.

  14. Heatherlyn said...
    June 6, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    I love summer break! Although, it is certainly busy. Too busy to be called a break, except that the break from school makes it a lot less stressful. And my kids do a LOT of cleaning. I love it!

  15. Cheryl said...
    June 6, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Oh I know! I love/hate Summer. This Summer is going to be busy for us. I was hoping to relax a bit. So much for plans!

  16. AiringMyLaundry said...
    June 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    I also made some brownies. I needed it. It's Day One of summer break and I've already lost my mind.

  17. Shady Lady said...
    June 6, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    I am so excited about summer break! We homeschool and our schedule lightens up in the summer...or at least gets more relaxed. Princess does have swimming and soccer, but those are just 30 minutes each day. The rest of the time we'll go to homeschool park days, garden, visit the local amusement park, the zoo, the beach, go camping, etc. I can hardly wait!

    You'll survive it! You always do. Right?

  18. zelzee said...
    June 7, 2009 at 6:02 AM

    Sounds just like my daughter's house! I was over there yesterday.......the girls were whining, the kitchen looked like a bomb landed in there, shoes all over the place, she was trying to paint furniture.........

    I told her good luck. I went home and said a prayer for her.

  19. Stacy Uncorked said...
    June 7, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Mmmmmmm...brownies! Sounds like you might need to make them every day! Unless, of course, they decide that chocolate and blueberries would make a fun color splash in your carpet... ;)

    Princess Nagger decided to make YooHoo popsicles yesterday...and spilled half the YooHoo on the floor...then left YooHoo foot prints all over the first floor - it was a sticky mess to clean up, but I was so glad we have wood floors and no carpet! :)

  20. Rebecca Anne said...
    June 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Oh thank GAWD that entry turned good and soothing. You about gave me a panic attack about my lack of Mother joy about having my kids home for summer!
    Whew, you really scared me for a second time today.


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