An alternate title for this could very well be, “What do we do next year?”
Well, today LatteGirl returns to school.Â Yesterday she was of course lamenting the end of summer vacation as we were going through the checklist of back to school items to pack in her backpack.Â So, as we were doing this she complained, “I can’t believe that summer is over already.Â I mean, we didn’t even get to do anything yet.”
After retreiving my jaw back off the floor where is landed, I asked her to explain.Â Now I should point out that last summer, she went to Day Camp 4 days a week, and Fridays she and TheWife would do something together (usually).Â This year however, she requested to go to camp 5 days a week because she felt that she had missed out on so many things that her friends got to do on that day that she wasn’t there.Â So, she felt that there were a lot more trips that should have been made.
That being said, this was a rather expensive and busy summer around here.Â Since school got out we have made trips to Buskill Falls, Disney World, a couple of trips to the beach, Chestnut Grove Resort in the Poconos, Mountain Creek Waterpark and Six Flags Great Adventure (where we will also be returning this weekend as well).Â She has visited Adventure Aquarium, Turtleback Zoo, and the Bronx Zoo.Â With camp she has gone swimming at 4 different lakes, been ice skating, bowling, roller skating, and more.
Hell, as we slip into September, I am starting to regret the purchase of the new pool, because between feeling like we were always on our way somewhere, LatteGirl being “all swimmed out” from trips to the lake, and weather that kept the pool a little cooler than we had hoped most of the year, the amount of use pool saw this year was nominal.Â I spent more time keeping the pool clean than anybody spent actually in the pool.
Now I know that when back to school time arrives, no kid is happy about it, and summer always is “too fast” and the knee jerk reaction is to say they did “nut in'” all summer.Â But park of me is thinking, if she felt she was bored this year.Â I better get a second job to start paying for next year, because what the heck are we going to do for an encore to try and improve on this summer?