My husband has Twins tickets, and he asked me when I wanted to head up to Minnesota to go watch them play. We love going up there (I grew up in the Twin Cities – sorta), and I still have a lot of friends up there. And an outdoor ballpark for the Twins and not just the Saints – the minor league team in St. Paul? Rock on.
So I did a mental perusal of my calendar.
Welllll, the wee ones are in school until mid-June. Mister Man has a few more days than Little Miss, but they end around the same time. They’ve both asked to do summer school, which means they’re booked until July 9. They’re really neat classes – Mister Man, for example will be doing a science experimentation class and learning to cook – and the price for four hours a day five days a week for the entire session is less than regular daycare for a single week.
With Little Miss going into kindergarten, she gets busy on the schedule next with SafetyTown that starts up July 12 and runs until the beginning of August. It’s a really neat program that teaches kids all about various types of safety and things they need to know from riding bikes to electricity and more.
August brings me to BlogHer. Oh yeah. And Florida. In fact, my parents are taking the wee ones to Florida for two weeks starting the day before I leave for BlogHer.
And by the time we get back? Well, school is starting up that next week already.
Going to Minnesota isn’t something I really want to do in a quick weekend, especially since I’ll give in and drive rather than buy four plane tickets and rent a car. Even Labor Day weekend is painful, not to mention crowded.
How is it that summer has already disappeared before it’s even started? We’re back to fifty degree weather, and in my book that’s barely even spring.
The more I think about it, the sadder I get. The fun zoo trips, the jaunts down to the children’s museum, the lazy days at the pool, those all seem further and further away.
Most of this I can’t change, and much of it I wouldn’t want to. Both wee ones picked out their summer school classes, and they are very excited to go. But maybe SafetyTown doesn’t need to happen this year. Maybe we’ll do it next year when Little Miss is going into first grade. Without naps, we can do more fun things later in the day than what we can now.
After all, summer is about getting up when you want to. It’s about forgetting what day of the week is it, having no schedule, and figuring out the day’s plan as the day unfolds. It’s about relaxing and trying new things and plain having fun.
And I could really use some fun in my life. They’re only young once, and I’d like to enjoy it. Besides, I have some Twins games I need to go see.