Yes, we are still in August. But the planning wheels are in motion around here. In particular, I’m pondering the family’s late summer schedule. Everyone is done with camps by August 26, which certainly sounds like the “end” of summer, but is not. Thanks to the calendar placement of Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, the kids don’t start school until Sept. 9. That is a full two weeks later.
So…what should we do with the time? My husband and I both have work but we wouldn’t have to work every single day of that time (extra days around Labor Day are fairly easy to make happen). We could travel somewhere, which sounds appealing since it might be past peak season and the crowds some places, but I am pondering where. What is easy to do, last minute, with 7 people?
(I am not sure anything is easy to do with 7 people. But not horribly difficult. Ideas??)
In the meantime, I spent this week writing Chapter 7 of Tranquility by Tuesday (“Take one night for you.”). I got a few trail runs in, and I pulled a 500-piece puzzle out of the basement closet as a little amuse-bouche before starting some bigger puzzles. My husband took our oldest two boys to a live taping of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” in Fairmont Park last night. The main report I got (they got home late) was that they do a lot of “takes” when recording. Comedy only looks easy when you watch it.
(Much like traveling with 7 people.)
This weekend I hope to knock another item or two off the summer fun list. Then next week I do my last “Mommy Day” — though the 6-year-old hasn’t chosen his activity yet. He mentioned doing art together. We’ll see what he means by that. Maybe it will involve our hot glue gun (a source of endless fascination). I gave the glue gun a workout this week attaching Boy Scout patches to a new uniform. I don’t own a sewing machine, and some Googling turned up that this was the next best option. We will see if they stay on during the camp experience…