We are back in MN. We didn’t follow the original travel plan but the best part of driving is you can change the plan.
The transition back to ‘normal summer’ took just a little bit. Kids are playing, swimming, friends visiting, bikes are ridden, chores are somewhat done and a little bit too much TV is watched. I made the rule that as soon as I get up the TV goes off, that does get me a little more time in the morning. It doesn’t go on again until late afternoon and the plan was they had their chores and list stuff done but see sentence 2 about how plans go sometimes. They actually don’t ask much anymore because if they know they didn’t do ‘the list’ they are going to get sent on a task so they mostly fill the time with epic imagination games.
I also had a good conversation with a friend about how boredom is good for kids. Gives them time to reflect and think about stuff. Their little brains need time to marinate and mature. They are also quite ready for school to start even though we still have about 2 weeks to go still.
Our 2 weeks in PA were fun. Got to see nearly everyone we wanted to and some people we didn’t even expect. A random ‘best moment’ happened when a bunch of us were actually waiting for someone. We decided to just sit on the ground under a great shade tree and it was like transporting back in time to the teen years with no pressing responsibility and just hanging out with friends. The moment was fleeting as time passed and we actually were responsible for things but it was a memorable moment.
I got home early enough to actually get to another SCA event. Semi-independent kids make all the difference, they went to classes and played with kids – thanks to the kind kid-friendly teachers willing to let a pleasant 7-year-old bang away on leather for an hour or more. **I actually do watch them and do ‘drive-bys’ but I don’t want them to see me so unless I see trouble I keep away.** They are learning independence in a very safe place but I also don’t want people reading and thinking I just let them free range and be other peoples responsibility. It was a nice little event overall even though it ended with some drama, this isn’t the place for details but I want the note to future self if I ever need it.
Earlier in the summer, I came to the realization that summer is NOT the time to try and do big projects since we are actually pretty busy with kids and travel and fun summer stuff. We got some things done early on but I’m putting a hold on my personal expectations until after school starts because then I’ll have some uninterrupted time to work with. Without the pressure to constantly do stuff, I’ve gotten stuff done anyway. We got our ring doorbells installed, replaced a ceiling fan, added electronic door locks, and super cleaned the pantry. The to-do list still exists and I still try to do something productive daily but giving myself the break was a good idea – highly recommend it.
And now we are as up to date as a blog post covering nearly a month can be. Onward to back to school shopping today, state fair this weekend, friends visiting next weekend and who knows what all in between.