Friday, August 21, 2015

Unplugging for the (rest of) Summer

It is both unbelievable and sad that there are only two and a half weeks of Summer vacation left. I don't care how cliche it is to say so, but I don't have a clue where all the time has gone. Vacation was entirely too short!

We spent the first half of vacation doing our best to stick to a schedule. It was flexible, yet structured, and I spent many mornings swooning over summer days with my boys playing in their pj's and hot coffee in my cup. As Summer went on, and our overloaded calendar cleared, we took an extremely casual approach to our days. We barely made it out of our pajamas most days, and we did whatever we felt like. Which was usually not much.

Watermelon Mint Sun TeaThrough those casual weeks, we let our eyes rest on screens a little too much. The boys watched a ton of TV and played lots and lots of Minecraft, Goat Simulator, Disney Infinity, Splatoon, and Mario Party 10. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and shopping on Instagram. Has it been fun? Yes. Relaxing? Most of the time. Nice to make up your own comfort-only wardrobe and have no where to be unless you want to? Ohhhhhh yes.

But as I stare down the end of Summer, I'm sad about some of the things we haven't accomplished, yet. I'm sick of the days that we sit around in our own messes and then get cranky in the afternoons when we have to clean it all up. We have Summer school work to catch up on. And I know transitioning back onto a strict schedule is going to be hard for all of us, and it's right around the corner.

As much as I try really hard to not be "that Pinterest Mom", I also have a creative heart, enjoy organizing and list making quite a bit, and sometimes need a little extra work in our daily life to make the most of it. So I decided to be corny and ridiculous, and create a screen-free Summer camp week next week. Each day will have a theme, and we will follow a Summer Camp-like schedule within that theme - complete with time outdoors, arts and crafts, and even some learning. The themes will be centered around Summery things like camping, ice cream, bikes, and the beach. Since I've told the kids about it, they've been talking about it to anyone they can, and asking about how many days are left until we start. It's going to be tough, not wanting to reach for something electronic in the lulls in our days, but I think it's something we all need to do, and will really benefit from. I feel the need to plan days like this in order to be successful with the screen-free part of things, because we've come to rely on them too much.

I'm not sharing this because I think anyone will particularly miss me, or that a week+ break in posts here is unusual, but mostly because I want to hold ourselves accountable. And because putting this here will take away any thought of, "I should really post something," or "I have a great idea for a post!" It will force me to take paper notes and save them for later, and not worry about what's going on here in blog land.

Summer Camp (which we've named Camp Crooked Apple) starts on the 24th and goes into the first week of September. Aside from a few more things I need to prepare for camp, I plan to start the unplugging tonight, so expect me to be MIA until school starts (which for us, is after labor day).

However, I will pop in on my birthday next week to share a little something, and there may be a prize in it for you. (Hint: there is!)

I hope the last of your Summer Vacation is full and memorable, and be sure to swing by here on the 31st for a little birthday surprise! 

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