Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring on the Summer Plans

Today starts spring break for my children. J's college had their's a couple weeks ago. We don't have any major plans for the break and we still don't have the typical spring weather. We did have snow flurries over the weekend though!

Now that I have kids in school I almost feel like spring gets overlooked.

Spring is like the Thanksgiving of the seasons. 

You know how it can be difficult to really focus on Thanksgiving when you have Christmas to plan? I am pretty hard nosed about keeping it in order, but I have heard complaints.

Anyway, it's the same thing this time of year. You have to start making summer plans so early that you inevitably end up racing through spring. See what I mean? Spring break and Thanksgiving are great, but often over shadowed by their big brothers Summer Break and Christmas.

J has already had to register for his summer classes. I may have been a little premature when I talked about our big breakthrough in case anyone is keeping up with all of that stuff. I won't even go into details because the moment I announce it on the internet it will change again. I do know his schooling won't last forever. I also know that God has a plan and J will have a job. That's all I know though right now. Which isn't easy for me, because I am a planner!

SJ has registered for her summer classes already. I know that sounds silly because she is preschool, but as a special needs girl she gets to go to some special classes for all of June and a the very beginning of July. The cost is already covered which is a huge answer to prayer. This will be her third year in summer school and every year we have hiccups with financial aid. The Lord has always made a way though. It's a great reminder that He is forever faithful.

Z will be going to summer camp for the first time this year! We have yet to register, but I need to do that ASAP. I am a little nervous about this milestone, but I know it will be fine. I grew up at this church and I have a very close personal relationship with all of the leadership, but it's still hard to send him away for multiple nights. I know he'll have a blast though. He is extremely excited. He'll get to swim and zip line and most importantly learn about God. This children's ministry has an awesome worship band too, so I am jealous that I can't be a part of that.

So, those are the reasons why I am thinking of summer when it's still 38 degrees outside. Because I have to! These activities have deadlines. Before you know it I'll be registering them for the next school year. My baby girl is going to be in Kindergarten! But, I am not thinking about that right now. One step at a time.

Do you have any summer plans yet? 


Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

It seems like they push the summer registration earlier and earlier every year. Our school years are quite busy and although I offer summer camp to both girls every year, they usually decline in favor of some long lazy summer days. We break it up and go to Cape Cod for a week in August. And have friends visiting for the Fourth of July. We also celebrate my daughter's birthday on June 26 so that usually means a party. There isn't a whole lot of time in between but we do plan to go strawberry/raspberry/blueberry picking. A few trips to the farm and to the beach if we can ever get rid of the snow. Judging by the piles in our backyard, it may be here until July!

TracyL26 said...

Ever since caleb was 2, we've bought white water season passes! We go once a week, buy the $4.99 bucket of popcorn you can always refill for .99 cents and have a blast. This year for $10 more, we upgraded to a combo for six flags as well so that will be fun. I also sign the kids up for 2-4 vbs's and that pretty much takes up our whole summer :).

Barbara London said...

It does seem as if you have to start planning so early just to enjoy a short vacation or send kids to camps...

So far, the only "summer" plans I have is for a scrapbook retreat the end of July about 1 hour from home; situated in a hotel on the river of a small town. Always enjoy the short trip and even shorter weekend (Friday - Sunday; but it goes SOOOOOOO fast!!).

Not sure about any other trips yet though!

Thanks for sharing!

Tara Ulrich said...

You are so right...Spring is like Thanksgiving in that it is often overlooked. Your kiddo is going to have a blast at summer camp. I worked at a Bible camp for approximately seven summers. It's actually where I heard my call to ministry. My summer is actually filling up fast!! At the end/middle of June, I'll be going to Colorado for a continuing Ed event. It's my fifth summer there. I'll be home about two weeks and then I'll be taking six youth to our church's National Youth Gathering. Then I come home and am home about two weeks again. Then my sister and I are going on a sisters trip to Nashville TN. I'm already tired thinking about it.

amanda huffman said...

We are still trying to figure out plans for summer. Since we live in a new place and there is so much to do it shouldn't be hard to stay busy during the summer. But LA also doesn't have winter so we didn't really slow down. it so different from Ohio! I hope you guys have a nice weather soon and an amazing summer.