… 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.)
After 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. [Read more…]