We’re halfway through Week Three of summer and I think we’re all finally getting kinda sorta used to our new routine. Which is basically: there isn’t one. After a long school year of very strict scheduling for all of us, it was hard on to suddenly have all this FREEDOM! Especially for the girls, who were used to having school/daycare teachers telling them specifically HOW to play and WHAT to do and I’m here all: GO PLAY. THE END. WHY ARE YOU STILL STARING AT ME, KID.
The first two days of our summer vacation were… not good, I’ll just say that. But once I lowered my expectations for my own productivity (Hi, Jen, you have a newborn baby in the house plus two other children, you’re probably not gonna plow through that To Do List very quickly.) and stopped the insanity of potty training Audrey (HAAAAAA WHAT THE HELL WAS I EVEN THINKING DOING THAT NOW.), things got better. It’s like I’ve never parented before! Except I haven’t, really. I have never done THIS. I’ve never parented three kids alone, five days a week, for three months. So, it’s new for everybody. We’re figuring it out. And I’m trying to maintain my sanity while listening to the girls argue over who is allowed to breathe what air in which room of the house or who had what toy first and OMG STOP IT.
The first two weeks were kind of random with different things thrown into our schedule: air duct cleaning at the house! How exciting! Doctor appointments, grocery shopping, going to the playground for a picnic lunch, mini-golf, an anniversary date for us (ELEVEN YEARS WOOOO!) There were also a lot of days and evenings spent hanging in the yard, riding bikes, eating ice cream cones, etc etc, insert your favorite summer cliche here.
But this weekend, we kicked things into HIGH GEAR and went to a carnival and ate funnel cake. BECAUSE IT’S SUMMER, YO.
This week has been a little more scheduled with Maggie’s art camp every morning (verdict: she seems to really love it) However, the thing I didn’t think about when I signed her up was that it’s about 25 minutes away and lasts for 2 hours. Coming home after we drop her off seems kind of silly. So I’m left with 2 hours and 2 small humans to deal with out in public. ACK. POOR PLANNING, JEN. But we’ve done okay so far. Monday we went grocery shopping, yesterday we went to Target, and today we went to the mall play area so Audrey could run around like a nut.
We’ll probably hit up another playground outside tomorrow and then… maybe head back to the mall on Friday? Audrey loves the mall. We bought soap at Bath and Body Works and she was pretty thrilled with the whole experience.
And finally FINALLY it felt like summer weather this week, so I broke out the pool. This pool is the most awesome of blow-up pools. My kid-self is jealous.
And then of course there were squirt guns and a sprinkler and… things got a little crazy.
In the next few weeks: Girls’ Night Out for meeeeee, a trip to Idlewild, maybe a campout in the yard, Fourth of July celebrations, the Taylor Swift concert (for Maggie and me!), and then our beach trip.
I’m gonna need a nap.