Setting the Summer Schedule
One of the things I absolutely love about being a teacher is summer vacation. I realize that this isn’t an earth shattering statement because I am sure most everyone would enjoy approximately three months away from the office. Although I enjoy not having to get up early, or grading papers, the real reason I love summer vacation is because I get to spend so much time with my kids. Yes, believe it or not, I am a stay at home dad for summer vacation and I love it. I really enjoy getting to while away the summer days with my kids: going to the park, hanging out at the pool, grabbing the surprise ice cream cone. I wouldn’t trade this time with my children for anything.
This is why I was a little upset, as well as disappointed earlier this week when I was going over the summer schedule and making sure I had signed everyone up for their various activities. I already knew that both my boys were going to attend Scout camp and that had to go to Detroit to see my son’s eye surgeon (we have to make the trip to Detroit every summer) and already had those on the calendar. When I added in soccer camp for both boys and basketball camp for my oldest, I quickly realized that the summer was slipping away. Add in swimming lessons and our annual trip to St. Louis and I realized that will only have one free week before August.
When did our summer schedule get so busy? I really look forward to spending lazy, summer days with the kids, but this summer, there are going to be very few lazy days. My boys are going to be busy and it looks like I am going to be spending more time in the car, carting the kids around, then I am at the pool. I realize that this is only going to get worse as the kids get older, but it breaks my heart knowing that those magical summer days we spent together are nearly a thing of the past.
The only saving grace I have this summer is the fact that my daughter isn’t involved in any camps or activities. It looks like we will be spending a lot of time together, waiting for the boys.