104 days of summer vacation…

… and school comes along just to end it.

We started our summer vacation sooner than just about anyone I know.  We got out May 24th.  So I may be a little further along in the summer vacation stages than you are.

(by the way, I just calculated… there are only 81 days in our summer vacation)

But I have this theory about summer vacation.  I think ALL of us go through the same stages of enjoyment, tolerance, resignation,  and eagerness.

(there are only 31 days left before our 1st day of school.  that’s only a MONTH!  we go back earlier than anyone i know, so your numbers may not be so exciting.)

At the start of the summer, we are all excited about the lack of schedule and the freedom to sleep late.  Enjoyment is high.  Our kids are easily entertained, the house is still clean, and we’re all relaxed and happy.

(but really, it’s more like 21 weekdays.  weekends don’t count.)

dont look in the laundry roomAfter a few weeks, the excitement wears off.  The lack of routine has turned our home upside down.  The kids stay up late and we stay up later.  We’d all sleep in except that SOMEONE still has to go to work.  We won’t mention the laundry pile.  Just don’t open the laundry room door please.  Suddenly, activities and outings seem like a great idea.  It will help everyone to get out of the house.  Summer vacation is tolerable, but no longer exciting.

(and i’ll be out of town at a conference for three of those weekdays, so it’s more like 18 more days.)

bag of chipsAnd then, somewhere in July, we all start looking at the calendar again.  The smell of fresh pencils lures us to the school supply aisle.  We might even count how many weeks there are until school starts again.  As moms, we’re resigned to the idea that the kids are bent on trashing the house and eating all the junk food they can find.  Our kids are resigned to the idea that they do NOT have unlimited access to the television (nor unlimited funds for new toys).

(minus one for the open house day before school starts… that’s 17 days…)

And then the anticipation begins.  We invent new ways to divide time to make it go faster.  We make shopping lists for school supplies and clothes.   Suddenly the kids find themselves back on a reasonable bedtime.  We even start making sure the kids remember how to read and write.

(and then there’s these two days where the calendar isn’t blank.  we’ve got stuff scheduled… that’s 15 days…)

we start counting daysBefore we know it, we’ve mentally gotten out kids back to school and are settling in for that first blissful cup of uninterrupted coffee.  It’s then quite a shock to realize that they’re still home and that really… there’s still another month of summer vacation to enjoy.

(15 days sounds a LOT like only 2 weeks…. hmmm….)

But from the perspective of our children, we have to remember that they still feel like summer vacation JUST STARTED.  Even though it isn’t a fun as the first week, they’re still having fun.

bedtimeMy kids don’t want to know that there’s only four more weeks of summer fun.  They haven’t built a rocket, found a mummy, or discovered something that doesn’t exist.  They still have a whole lot of stuff to do before school starts this fall.

(oh yeah… it’s my job as mom to make sure that my kids have fun this summer.)

Our kids deserve as much enjoyment as they can cram into summer.

(how much fun can i cram into 15 unscheduled days… with zero budget… when it’s 100 degrees outside?)

Even when their idea of enjoyment is to stay in their PJ’s and watch cartoons until noon.

Where are you on the summer vacation stages?  Started your personal countdown yet?

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I cannot stop laughing and nodding my head!! It’s exactly the same at my house!! GAH!! –Lisa
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    • A friend texted me today to ask how many more days until school. I think we’re all getting there.

      BTW: MEGGINGS are an abomination. I had to show my husband. he was horrified!

  2. I used to LOVE shopping for school supplies when my kids were little. I don\’t know what it was but I loved it! I\’m sure summer in Houston is not easy!! Hang in there!

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