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Kid Free for Two Weeks


Today begins my kid free two weeks. Sea Cadet left for his job at the summer camp in VA last Monday. And I will drop Gymnast and Princess at summer camp this evening.

This will be the third summer since I had kids that I have downtime like this. I have so many plans. My to do list has grown by leaps and bounds as I have contemplated how to use this time.

Economics of  Summer Camp

The cost of the kids’ summer camp has been discussed several times. Now it is here. And the cost is so worth it to me with just the thought of this down time. (Parents of teenagers will be understand this. Teenage angst in full affect in our home these days.)

But I also know that at this point, this will be our last summer of camp. Princess has already started applying for jobs and will be old enough to attend college classes at the local community college next summer. And Gymnast? Well, we are not sure what his immediate future is going to look like.

I am budgeting $50 for my two weeks to give me some fun money. But in reality the weeks are going to save me money.

  • No gas costs. I don’t anticipate leaving the house much at all. This is huge, especially when you consider my gas costs has been more than $100 a week for the past year.
  • I am continuing to list things for sale – antique cameras, schoolbooks and crafty items. Hopefully, I’ll get some sales with more time to focus on this on-going project.
  • Work, work, work! In addition to project work that I’ve picked up. I have a new business opportunity that I will be putting in some time on this week (more on that soon.) Specifically, I will be hitting up local businesses and networking.

Me Time

The daily stress of the last year has been overwhelming, especially the last few months. And while I think we have turned the corner, the burden has been rough. Single motherhood, single income households and big moves are definitely not for everyone.

I am planning on some quality me time this next couple of weeks. And I am doing it for free, these are my plans:

  • Giving myself a manicure and pedicure using the stuff I bought a couple of months ago.
  • Read, read, read. I LOVE to read. My library card is in working order, and I can check out books online anytime. Or go get some.
  • Scrapbooking! I have fallen way behind on the kids’ books. I have had the pics printed for years (literally.) I am determined to get some updates done with the craft supplies I have on hand.

I think all of us need these next two weeks. And I’m grateful the camp is already paid for. I think a break from each other, our crazy schedules and the daily grind will do us all good.

Are you getting a break this summer? Do your kids participate in any summer camps? How do you get some downtime?



Summer Time!!!


It’s summer time!!!

We’re still officially recovering from the “plague” that struck our house last week. We’re all finally on the mend, but still have some lingering coughs and just general lack-of-energy compared to normal. Even so, we’re finally back to sleeping on our own and engaging in more normal activities (the 3-day weekend was a virtual movie marathon as no one could even get off the couch! I made a huge pot of soup on Friday and we basically ate it all weekend just to stay fed!)

This week, the girls are at a super fun summer camp! This camp was gifted by one of our grandma’s to the girls and is only a 4-day (half-day) farm experience but it has truly been our best “summer camp” experience to date! Check out these huge smiles!

The farm is so well set up and I was shocked, as it’s right in the middle of town and I’d never even known about its existence! The girls got to feed chickens (and learn how to pick them up!), check for eggs in the coop, they got to pick vegetables in the garden, wash the tractor, make fun art projects, plant basil seeds, etc. etc. etc. The camp was a little pricier than I’d typically buy (hence why it was a gift), but it has been SO MUCH FUN that we may look into it again next year! As a side-note, check out their sun hats. Those were $1 from the Dollar Tree! We were told to bring hats and realized last-minute the girls’ heads had outgrown their old hats and I was not happy about having to spend unplanned money on clothing (and hats can be like $15 or $20 each!!!). I was super psyched to find these for $1, one with a pink ribbon and one with a purple ribbon (the girls favorite colors are pink and purple, respectively). Score!

The rest of the summer, we’ll be doing a cheaper-priced “camp” (really more like a daycare for school-aged kids) that’s closer to home. We did it last summer and enjoyed the program. It was well run, very cost-effective, and nearby. The big bonus is that 2 other family-friends are sending their kids to the same place this summer so our girls will have friends! Woohoo!!! We’ll end up spending roughly about the same as we spent for childcare during the school year (our kids are in public school, but we had to pay for full-day kindergarten since only half-day kinder is state-subsidized, plus we paid for after school care). That’s nice, too, because usually our summer childcare bill is more expensive than the regular school-year bill. The older they get, the cheaper the childcare becomes. Can’t wait until first grade starts when we’ll ONLY have to pay for after-school care!

Camps aside, we have no other real summer plans. We do usually go back to Austin once as a family and will likely do so again this year (we always just drive), but haven’t nailed down specifics yet. Honestly, my semester has been over for weeks now but it feels like things have been so crazy with the end-of-school year stuff and then the sickness “plague” that wiped us out last week. So we’re really just starting to get back on our feet and realize its SUMMER TIME! Hopefully we’ll have some fun, lazy days ahead too. <3

What are your summer plans? How does summer childcare compare to school-year childcare in your area?