A summer in camps

At the beginning of the summer, I had asked what other working moms did with their kids while school was out. This was a big dilemma for our family this summer. Last year I took on a bigger workload since I had all of the kids in school/preschool, and it was all fun & games until I had to figure out how to maintain my workload over the summer. We were on a tight budget since our home remodel, predictably, cost more than we anticipated. And I work from home, so hiring a sitter wasn't a great option. Finally, we decided that we would patch together sporadic weeks of camp. I wish we could have done a different camp every week but DANG. They are expensive, especially multiplied by four. I scoured Groupon and Living Social every week, and was able to get some great discounts on a few weeks.
 
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The girls started the summer with an all-girl skate camp. It was led by female professional skaters and it was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

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A local church did an art & music camp as their VBS. The older kids learned guitar.

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It’s cute because you can’t hear it.

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Karis was in the choir.

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The older kids also did a basketball camp at our YMCA. I was a little reluctant to sign India up because her first foray in basketball did not go so well. But since she has adopted her new “tomboy” persona, she’s up for all kinds of new experiences. I was so proud of her positive spirit the whole week.

 

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The kids also went to our church’s VBS. I was slightly tempted to sign the kids up for all of the VBS’s in the greater Orange County area, but alas, my integrity won out. And by integrity, I mean the fact that most of them were scheduled for the same week.

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Gotta love crazy hair day.

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The bigger kids did a “rock star camp” (wrote about that one here.)

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I got a Groupon for two weeks of rock-climbing camp for the boys, which they really enjoyed. (This was a posted shot – they don’t usually climb without a harness. Or their shoes tied.)

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While the boys were perfecting their climbing skills, the girls did a cheerleading camp put on by the cheerleaders at our local high school.august 2013 166

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Karis was the youngest at the camp so she got a lot of attention.

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While the sporadic camp schedule was a little (a lot) hectic, it was fun to see them learning new things and cultivating new interests.

If you are a working mom, what did you did with your kids this summer? How did it work out?


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