The major differences between Summer and School Year for me is the amount of laundry and the amount of driving I do in the summer. Swimsuits, towels and other wet clothing and accessories pile up in my laundry room every single day when the girls are in camp. Thalia and Carys opted for different day camps for the first time ever, so I'm doing dual drop-offs and pick-ups at several different locations this summer. How glad am I that I have a new car with air-conditioned seats as I drive all over town under a blazing hot sun?! At least I don't have to also drive to extra-curricular activities this summer, as Thalia chose not to do tennis lessons this time.
Summer means copious amounts of sunscreen applied to each child, more than once a day. Already, one of the kids is sporting a good-sized sunburn, due to "forgetting" about sunscreen one day. There are, too, the mysterious "lost items"-- kids lose things easily, ridiculously so, at day camp, as there are so many opportunities to lose them. "Where do you think you left it at camp?" The answer could be any of the following: the pool, the playground, the bathroom, the locker room, the cabin, etc. So far, we've "found" a brand-new, worn-for-only-5-days bathing suit which we searched for that same evening on a return trip to the camp, but have "lost," possibly for good, a perfectly good cover-up somewhere else.
Carys is happily reunited this summer with her peeps from her pre-school at 'Camp Shalom' at the JCC. She'll be there for five weeks, taking daily swim lessons, and enjoying a traditional day camp (art, nature, games, Spirit Stick, etc.) with a Jewish twist (there's a good amount of Israeli culture thrown in, always very interesting). Thalia decided to branch out this summer and is doing a week each of Tennis camp, Camp Hogwarts & Half-Blood (a Harry Potter/Percy Jackson-themed camp), and Web Design camp before we leave for our annual trip to the Pacific Northwest next month. She is very, very interested in all things food-related right now, so a stint at Cooking Camp is a definite possibility in August to finish out the summer!
We plan to catch several movies this summer, both at the theater and on DVD, which we never seem to have time for during the school year. Thalia and I are hosting a "release party" for The Lightning Thief later this month; it will be very on-theme of course, with Greek Gods-related games, trivia, activities, food and of course, viewing the new video!
Summertime is also a bit of down time for me, so I've set a few goals for myself: Blog more at all my sites. Finish a few digital scrapbooks that I've prepaid. Reorganize the kitchen pantry (again). Wade through 9 months worth of "masterpieces" my kids brought home during the school year. Practice my fondant and gumpaste techniques. Yes, this is an entirely overambitious list, is it not?! My summer is full of blind ambition for an all-too-brief time that is not even 3 full months.
But that's also what's cool about summer--no promises, no expectations, just living in the moment and being thankful for whatever that moment is.