Summer fun


Summer vacation for our boys has officially begun. As I figured, there would be an adjustment period of sorts, for all of us. After all, this is the first summer the boys will be spending at home alone. Together. Alone. We figured our youngest is past his daycare days as he will be heading to junior high come the new school year. You know, the whole junior high equates to maturity thing, right? Huh hum… But anyway, the first week went something like this. Go figure, it’s mainly from a “food” perspective. I really have to remember I have two boys with two boys’ appetites when I grocery shop.

Breakfast: Cereal.
Lunch: The little powdered donuts Mom bought yesterday at the grocery store, the whole bag; pre-cooked bacon Mom bought yesterday at the grocery store, the whole flippin package; oh and chips! Chips just go with a lunch of donuts and bacon, ya know.
Snack: Cereal. Oh, and chips! Chips are great for snacking.
Activity: TV, TV, backyard pool. Oh, Mom just called to tell us (like they’re totally oblivious to this rule, uh huh) we’re not supposed to be in the pool when no one (adult-wise) is home. GET OUT!
Mom gets home: Wet clothes, shoes, towels draped and piled in random places inside and outside the house.

Breakfast: Cereal.
Lunch: Cereal (remember there’s no more donuts, bacon, or chips)
Snack: Cereal.
Activity: TV, TV, neighborhood pool with some friends.
Mom gets home: Wet clothes, shoes, towels draped and piled in random places inside and outside the house.

Supplies are dwindling.
Friends are busy with scheduled activities. (Oh but we didn’t want to sign up for any camps or scheduled activities. We want to have fun, Mom!)
Moral is low.
Full boredom has kicked in.
Food: Cereal.
Activity: TV, TV. Oh it’s raining so TV, TV. Hey, I’ve got a great idea! Let’s go play out in the rain!
Mom gets home: Wet clothes, shoes, towels draped and piled in random places inside and outside the house.

And… things pretty much went downhill from there. Although I believe my youngest actually broke out the hot dogs for lunch on Day 5. He said he couldn’t make himself a sandwich because the bread was old. I pointed out there are a bunch of those sandwichΒ thinsΒ in the pantry, but I suppose those looked too foreign to him. Hey well at least by Day 3, we had pretty much established the whole summer routine for our family.


22 thoughts on “Summer fun”

  1. This sounds oddly familiar.
    My siblings and I lived like this for a good portion of my teenage years.
    Only we didn’t have a pool, just a dirty puddle and a climbing frame in the park across the road.
    Ah fun times *smiles wistfully*

    1. Oh apparently my boys would find plenty of entertainment with a dirty puddle as well. πŸ™‚ Glad I could conjure up those old memories, Jamie. I wonder if you and your sibs left your mom lots of little laundry piles like mine do. Guess so, dirty puddle and all.

  2. I hope the wet clothes, shoes, and towels draped in random places around the house are at least easy to find. A friend of mine would return from a trip to the beach and very neatly fold his swimsuit and put it in a drawer. His mother only caught on when she noticed it was absent from the lineup of family swimwear, but mothers of junior high boys have to do too much already without adding that kind of detective work.

    And it sounds like they’ve at least mastered the art of getting most of the cereal and milk into the bowl, or did you not mention trying to get crushed cereal out of the carpet?

    1. Funny (swimsuit in drawer). You know come to think of it, there hasn’t been as much spilled cereal lately! I didn’t mention it, so maybe they’ve just gotten the hang of it. Goodness knows they’ve had plenty of practice.

    1. Sadly (and strangely), I’ve never seen that movie. Is that where the kids play quiet board games all day, right? πŸ˜‰

  3. Hmmmm, I’m going to consider your words as a warning when my 7yo son gets old enough to stay home. I can see him making the same argument about wanting to stay home (although we don’t have a pool). Before he started summer camp a week ago he complained that it was going to be boring and he wished he could go to school instead (that’s two of us since I’d save a boatload of money on tuition and we wouldn’t have to take and pick him up). Now that he’s had one week of camp under his belt, he LOVES camp. CAMP IS THE BEST. Camp is SO MUCH BETTER than school. Basically the moral of this story is that kids are little shits and pay no attention to whatever they say.

    1. Gerald and I clash sometimes when it comes to signing the boys up for things. I’m thinking sometimes you have to force the kids to do whatever (and they’ll like it damnit!), but Gerald would rather they really WANT to do it. But they don’t know they’re gonna like it until they try it!

  4. My son, who will be starting high school in the fall, attends a day camp where they go swimming 3X/week. Guess how many times I’ve had to tell him to take his wet swimsuit and towel out of his backpack as soon as he gets home? It’s been one week so far, so 3 times.

    I agree with you about scheduling activities for the kids. They have this romantic idea that having nothing to do will be very relaxing. Then they find out after a few days that it’s just boring. My daughter–who will be a junior this fall–is supposedly looking for a job. Mostly, though, she lies in bed all day watching Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf, with a glazed expression on her face.

    Well…hopefully your boys will remember this for next summer. Make sure to have them ask their friends what they’ll be doing, too, so that they know their friends won’t always be available. They may even want to (gasp!) schedule some of the same activities. And if you can teach them to hang up all of their wet clothing you can consider this summer a success.

    1. What? Other parents experience these things too?? It’s always amusing? comforting? funny? to hear VERY similar tales from others. πŸ™‚

    1. I used to have hollow leg syndrome when I was young. Oh,but no more. I REALLY miss the days of being able to eat/drink anything and then get away with it to boot! Funny my youngest did complain of a sore stomach after the donut lunch. I believe he also had a slushie for dinner that night. (Sigh)

    1. I can’t claim total innocence myself. Chips and wine make a great dinner. And then there’s the occasional big bowl of ice cream. But I feel I have to act all indignant because I’m the stern parent wouldn’t ya know. πŸ™‚

  5. Yes, I think the adage “Be careful what you wish for” is appropriate here. My kids would also beg me for no camp or structure of any kind. By the second week, it was like “Lord of the Flies.” Don’t worry. Your boys will find their rhythm. And maybe next year camp won’t look so bad…

    1. Ha. Lord of the Flies had actually entered my mind a few times. I didn’t want to reference any specifics in my post though since I don’t remember specifics about the book. I should carefully document (and record!) their summer boredom because they are guaranteed to forget when summer rolls around next year.

  6. Ha! Love this post. What about KD? I thought all junior high aged boys and girls alike live on this during the summer when parents are at work? I remember the chaos of my teen years when my older brother would ‘look after’ us while parents were at work. I was supposed to clean the house (everyday), stereotyping much? I guess my parents wanted to get me ready for life πŸ˜› We ate toasted tomato sandwiches with mayo. Not bad at all. Hope your boys have fun and even though it’s tv and we clothes, these will be the days they’ll remember when they’re old.

    1. I recall eating Vienna sausages, melted Velveeta, and “Steak’ums.” Mmmm… Good times, good times. And you’re right, I definitely remember that time, and fondly. πŸ™‚

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