Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Camps

This is our second summer of having Kailey at an age where we have to come up with things for her to do for the summer.  Last summer, because of the move and everything going on, I took the easy way out and just signed her up for Courtyard Camp (the camp her school runs) for the whole summer, minus a couple of weeks that I stayed home with her (since I was, ostensibly, on maternity leave).  It was a win-win because it gave her a chance to get to know the teachers, the school and some of the kids before 1st grade started.

But, this year, I knew she needed to have a change in routine.  Just being at Courtyard Camp all summer would be a bit too much like being at school all summer.  They do mix it up -- but, it's the same teachers and the same kids, and it was really clear to me at the end of the school year that Kai was ready for a break.  

So, months ago, I got out the calendar and started plotting out the things that I knew we had going on this summer (trip to DC for work, camping with Julie and Malachi, my parents coming to visit) and started trying to figure out how to make it all happen and how to piece the weeks together.  It was not the easiest thing to do and I'm not looking forward to the day when I have to do it for both kids.  But, the result seems to be working really well and Kai is really getting a summer break.

Her schedule is different practically every week this summer -- which is funny, since the rest of us are mostly just doing what we do during the school year (ie our jobs and, in Alden's case, hanging with Will and the nannies).  But, for Kai, the summer consists of:

Week 1 - Art Beast Camp:  She finished this week already. She LOVES art, so this was a great fit for her.  They got to write a play and design the sets and make the costumes. Kai was the star of the show, as she played the unicorn that saves the sick sea turtle.  It was very cute.  Here's the backdrop the kids created for the show:

Week 2 - Zoo Camp:  This was a lucky break. I tried to sign Kai up for zoo camp the first week that registration was open to the public, but since the zoo members got first crack the week before, all the slots were filled.  So, Kai was supposed to be at Courtyard Camp this week but then we got a call that a slot at Zoo Camp had opened up, so Kai got to go.  It was really a fun camp for her.  They did art projects every day, got to tour the zoo a bunch and play games, got to meet a lot of the animals.  And, three kids from Courtyard and one of her friends from Art Beast Camp were at Zoo Camp with her.  It was a great week!

Week 3 -  Linda Ann Camp:  For the third week of summer break, we let Kai just hang at home with our nanny, Linda Ann.  Kai was bored some of the week, which was good for her.  It was a really hot week -- often over 105 degrees.  We bought a blow up pool so the kids could splash around in the backyard, which they loved doing.  Kai also did a bunch of reading -- she's doing the Summer Reading Program that the public library puts on, which means she collects points and prizes for the books she reads.  I think she has about 1,600 points so far (100 points a book).  So, not bad.  And, she always has fun with Alden and Will -- so, it was a good week for her.  And, one day, I took her with me to the Capitol because I was testifying about a bill, so it was a mommy-daughter work day that ended with us at a pub watching the Women's World Cup game against Germany.  

Week 4 - Nonnie and Papa Camp in Washington:  At the end of week 3, that Thursday, we packed up the car and headed up to Oregon for the holiday weekend (July 4th).  The drive up wasn't bad at all -- we stopped for dinner early on and then Alden slept while Kai watched movies.  We got to the hotel at about 1 AM and the kids partied for an hour and then went back to sleep.  In the morning, we only had about 2 hours left of driving.  We also showed Kai the houses where we grew up, which was fun.  We spent a day with Eric's mom, a day with Amy and Dave and the kids, and a day with my parents.  We watched the final Women's World Cup Game (go USA!) and Kai had a blast making homemade pasta and pink waffles with the twins.  On Monday morning, Eric, Alden and I packed up the car and headed back to Sacramento while Kai stayed behind for a week of Nonnie and Papa camp. She has gotten to swim every day, do sewing projects, make jam, have a sleepover with her cousin, Mary, and all sorts of other things.  We've missed her -- the house is so quiet without her.  Today, they start the drive back and tomorrow they'll get here and then stay another week to watch the kids while we work.

That's what's happened so far -- and here's what's coming up!

Week 5 - Nonnie and Papa Camp in Sacramento: So, this is in the future -- but next week my parents will be here watching the kids while we work.  And, we're all planning on heading to the state fair for a day!  That will be fun.

Week 6 and 7 - Washington DC

Week 8 - B Street Theater Camp

Week 9 - Courtyard Camp

Week 10 - Camping Trip with Julie and Malachi's Family

Week 11 - Monterey Bay and the Aquarium

Week 12 - Courtyard Camp

And that will be her summer.  I think it's a pretty good mix.  I'll write about the things coming up as they happen -- especially our trip to DC and camping, which will be fun family adventures for all of us.

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