Surviving Summer Funtimes 2019 — Week the First

The first in a series of posts that are supposed to be weekly but probably won't be because it's summer break and I will definitely be doing ALL THE FUN.  To both record the summer fun and to be considered fun at parties that I'm not invited to, I will share with you my family's dangdongdarnit summer Funtimes. Short notes, though, because I am too busy making sweet summer Funtimes to have much time do anything like hide in my office and write while they knock at the door and wail plaintively.  In fact, I would assume that the Funtimes will be so time-consuming that by early July, these entries will be but two words.


Summer break, where we again rush in where angels and folks with common sense fear to tread.

The kids have been out of school for ten days. In that time we’ve had one piano recital, three library visits, fifteen thousand baseball games/practices, and 2.4 million snacks. One or more children and/or pets have woken up during the 5:00 hour each day. School anxiety for next September hit already, and it’s too flipping cold here in Chicago (a balmy 62 degrees at the moment) to go swimming or even play outside — and yeah, it was too cold for baseball, but that never really matters, does it?

We made cake pops the other day because while trawling for snacks, one child came upon a container of edible eyeballs. Bargains were struck. Messes were made.

Which is all to say that we’ve scratched “Bake with mom” off the to-do list for the next ten years. I’m still trying to get the cake batter off of the dog.

There is much fun to be had still. Camp starts today and the kids go for about three hours before they come home and report how bored they are for the remaining 21 hours a day. I shall cling to those three hours like Leonardo to that door at the end of Titanic, likely with similar results.

Until next time, keep an eye out for all the fun!

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