23 August 2011

End of Summer Cramming

Phew!  We've been busy, busy!  Mostly traveling, but I also started a new job doing graphic design.  It's a nice, stay at home type job, but I am out of practice.  It's kind of like stretching a muscle you haven't used in a while, so that has been taking up lots of time.  Actually, I should be working right now, since the kiddos are asleep and the husband is doing husband things, but my brain seems to have reached capacity for today.  I realized as I was cleaning out the fridge and dumping out moldy, forgotten food, that I must be avoiding my work if I was actually cleaning out the fridge.  I never clean out the fridge if I can help it.

So, I figured I'd take advantage of my shirking of work to post a quick thought here on my blog.  I have been trying to check in with the blogs on my reading list, but I know I've missed some good stuff.  I was all set to post a garden update, but then I lost the camera for about a week.  I found it again, at my mom's house, so hopefully tomorrow I'll share some pictures of what's going on there.  Or maybe it will be the next day after that.  I'm hoping to cram one more activity in tomorrow before school officially starts.

About two weeks ago, we suddenly realized that school was upon us and we hadn't accomplished a fraction of the things on our list that we wanted to do this summer.  I hate how school abruptly ends summer like that.  Can I homeschool my kids until October and then send them to public school?  I'm not ready to be tied down like this.  There's still so much nice weather ahead.  Trails to be hiked, marshmallows to roast, creeks to swim in, fish to catch!  It's a panicky feeling knowing that the freedom of summer is nearly over.

Anyway, we tried to cram as much in as we could.  We've been fishing and hiking and camping and museum exploring and grandma visiting and I think some fun memories have been made.  We did discover that the baby is not yet responsible enough to sleep in a sleeping bag, or anywhere else that allows too much freedom of movement.  We did not sleep well because she did not sleep well... that and we forgot any padding to sleep on.  I am amazed at how uncomfortable the ground is now that I'm past 30.  I used to camp all the time as a younger person.  We would sleep right on the ground without a tent.  I don't remember ever being uncomfortable.  I am  now joining the -camping with an air mattress- club.  My 16-year-old self is ashamed, but my back insists.

Aerospace Museum
Tomorrow, I hope to go for one last hiking/fishing expedition before I admit defeat and surrender to the inevitable start of school on Thursday.  Who starts on Thursday anyway?  Who starts before Labor Day, for that matter?  Obviously, nobody asked my opinion on this matter.


  1. School has started here already and Jill gets her jollies, barking at it every morning as it rounds the corner at 7:05. I could set my watch by the bus driver, who can be so on schedule?

    As you get older, you will start camping at Holiday Inn! The beds are usually so comfy there. :-)

    Looks like you have had quite a few summer events before the school year showed it's ugly head.

    Graphic design, from home, sounds like a nice job!

    Have a great day!

  2. I'm so happy to hear about your work from home job! Congrats!

    I thought you already were homeschooling? Too much to do that and the job? I'd have to say yes-we started a couple of weeks ago and I'm trying to find the balance of structured learning time and keeping up with household chores, etc.

    We try to camp in the backyard a few times, but it's so hot right now that we haven't even tried. Soft dirt, grass and miles of padding!

  3. Kelly- I did a preschool homeschool, but my boy wanted so badly to go to public school. He's a social kid and goes a bit crazy stuck with me all day. We really discussed it, but decided that, for now, this is best for us. When my husband is finished with school and we are in a more permanent place, we'll re-visit and maybe change our minds.

  4. At least I'm not losing my mind! There are times that I wonder what I'd do with 5 or 6 hours "off" each day while he'd be at school, but here he is at home with me all day. He'd probably be jealous of your son if he knew!