Monday, June 22, 2009

72 Days Until School

Bogert Trio

Yes, I am already counting the days until school starts. Not because I am pulling my hair out, that hasn't happened yet. Though I do feel the need to look at this as a me vs. them situation. Sure, they look cute when strawberry picking on Father's Day, but watch out... they can bicker and fight and nag and whine and tattle tale with the best of them.

I am trying to keep my me vs. them attitude a positive one. I am not going to let the monsters, I mean, angels, get the best of me. LOL. I know what I need to do to survive... be proactive. I need to plan activities... boredom breeds contempt. We need play dates... for some weird reason, the more kids there are the nicer they play together. Keep plenty of snacks on hand... being hungry makes them grumpy. Our library and YMCA cards are found and ready to be used, frequently. Andrew's doctor told me about a website called Kids Out And About, it should come in very handy.

I know summer starts later here in NY... what are you all doing in your areas to keep the barbarian hoards, I mean, cute little munchkins, entertained these days?

11 comments:

mairedodd said...

i hear you! my 3 are done tomorrow... first on my list is set a limit on guitar hero/rockband... i am a reasonable woman, i know this is fun for my 13 yr old, but i can only handle so much! yes, keeping them busy is going to be critical... we have a pool, so i get the neighborhood kids...which is good - it's nice to have them around... but am i being selfish that i worry that i won't have any time to work? i feel guilty saying it... oh, and take comfort in knowing that there is probably brawling, button pushing and bickering going on in my home while it is occurring in yours! :0) good luck... so i guess i have no real plan... but i am working on it!

Cindy said...

Try not to count away the days! Summer is too short and will fly by. To me, it's not long enough. I hear you about the kids being home...but this week should be better than the last for me - the kids started their 1st camp for the summer! This is a cute picture of the kids...Jacob is getting so big now.

Anonymous said...

My kids decided to do something different this year. We made a list of the Alphabit and planned activities that start with each letter. (i.e., G = Glazebrook park for the day, Z = zoo, h = hang out with friends .....) and then hung it on the wall. As they complete the project they cross it off. Only a few of the activities that they came up with has a cost associated with it. I thought it was a cute idea that they came up with.

Eileen said...

well kelly...since i work full-time outside of the house i have my cutie pie enrolled in camp for most of the summer...takes some of the load off but believe me i still get the "what are we going to do now" routine when he gets home...non stop FUN!...
hopefully we'll hit an amusement park one day, DC one day to see smithsonian and hopefully a beach day or two...

have a fun summer!...

Eileen said...

BTW...love the picture!...

Christine said...

My oldest spends most of the summer at her dad's farm, so she is kind of taken care of. The little ones will go to half-day summer preschool for 3 weeks in July, and the rest of the time, we do the library, the sprinklers and kids pool at our house, and play in the fountains at a local outdoor mall. We also belong to the Children's Museum of Richmond, so we go there at least once a week, too. Movies, playing with toys, and some arts and crafts will probably round out the summer. Throw in a few park excursions when it's not a hundred degrees, a picnic or two, and some time by the James River, and there you have it. Summer in Richmond!

Michele H said...

Rochester Kids out and about is great. You will be amazed at how much stuff there is to do with your kids in the Rochester area.

Pretty Things said...

That's a good picture!

Nonie said...

Hang in there! What a cute gang you've got!

Anonymous said...

Can I just admit, in the anonymous privacy of the world wide web that my kids finished school today, and tonight I was found screaming "It's only been one hour and I'm already sick to death of this." Just a few days ago, hubby said something like, "Seems like you are dreading the summer." and I said, "I'm not dreading it, but it is hard." Which was true in that moment, but tonight, on my own with two of the loveliest, smartest, sweetest little girls in the world who were grumpy, tired, sad about school ending, missing daddy, bickering, needling, complaining, not listening - I lost it. One hour in (an exxageration for sure, it had been about 4 hours!)and I was dreading . . .I know that I have too many unfinished obligations right now. I'll have them finished a few days, and then maybe we can start over. I appreciate your honesty about the challenge - we're not bad mothers. we're real mothers.

Kerry said...

Anonymous #2... I just want to hug and squeeze you!! And tell you to come over here with your girls because Lauren would love to keep them occupied. I will have days just like you in the next 10 weeks!! We all have and will. I just want to say that I hope you have the support of your hubby and some good girlfriends too. My friend Lindsey has been awesome to have so close this year, and we are doing this week of playgrounds together. It is great!