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I’ve wanted my kids to get out of school for weeks.  You all know that.  And I love them like crazy, really, I do.  But since they got out of school I’ve had this headache. Not a migraine, not even a sinus headache.  Just an always there, just under the surface headache.  And my eye is twitching.  Plus, I’m exhausted.  Coincidence, I think not. 

We’ve been to the beach 2 days and 2 nights, we’ve been to the movies, we’ve had friends over, we’ve gone on a hike, we’ve had 3 music lessons and a soccer practice.  We’ve eaten more pizza, ice cream and Del’s than I care to recall.  And it’s only been 5 days.  I can’t keep up this pace!

I’ve been waiting the whole school year for this summer to come.  I want to relax!  We live by the beach and I live for the beach.  That’s the only place I want to be this summer – at the beach with my kids!

Tonight and tomorrow are booked solid with 4th of July festivities.  After that it’s nothing but beach, baby!  I saw a sign at a local gift shop yesterday that read “Beach your children well.”  That’s just what I intend to do.  Just let me get a little rest first. 

What happened to the “lazy days of summer”?  Just curious because I haven’t seen hide nor hare of them since 1992!  Does anyone else feel like they are in hyperdrive?

We have kicked off summer with swim team practice 3 mornings a week, which we have been late twice out the three practices already, and on the opposite 2 days we are supposed to show up for meets at 8 o’clock….AM.  Someone forgot to tell those swim coaches that it is summer.  You know, the days without schedules.  You must remember days at the beach until sunset, right??   Also, did I mention the drill sergeants of gymnastics who insist that the kids go all summer for fear they may forget how to do a cartwheel!  We must show up there 2 nights a week.  Further, my little guy has the gall to think he actually wants to get in the summer mix of craziness so we will be at tennis lessons every Thursday at 9:30 while at the same time I am supposed to be at the swim meet.  I guess I will be cloning myself by next week.

So basically if I want to enjoy the “lazy days of summer” I can do it between the hours of 11-3.  That is not even enough time to drive to a beach and back, let alone sit down and read a book or talk to a friend for a while, or maybe catch a wave or two.  No, this is madness I tell you!  MADNESS!

What if I just said NO!  We are doing none of it!  What would happen?  Would the kids  be sitting around playing Wii or their DS games?  Would they become hermits and never see the light of day because they are addicted to technology?  OR….

Would we just swim as we liked, play tennis when we want to, go to the beach and come home late at night sunkissed and tired, read books outside, stay in our pj’s until noon, play outside, ride bikes, go for hikes, see friends at our leisure, go to museums………and whatever else we decided we wanted to do?

Sounds kind of great doesn’t it?  What am I afraid of?  Am I a bad parent if I don’t have my kids in every activity under the sun or am I a bad parent if I do?