Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Relfection: My Summer Vacation

Photo by Sandra Proto
How am I spending my summer?  The same as last year and the year before—Being Camp Council and Director of Camp Proto Summer Camp.

 I decided to name my Stay-At-Home Mom Summer Camp last year when I created a calendar of events. 

Last year, the calendar was packed full of events that included Coney Island, NY Aquarium, children’s shows around the Town of Hempstead, Library events (including a reading program), Tennis and Martial Arts lessons, Movie Nights, Pool/sprinkler days, as well as enrichment:  Arts & Crafts and Music.  I also had educational classes. I had every day of the week scheduled with a different activity.
Riverhead Aquarium
Photo by Sandra Proto

My older daughter loved all of this and took everything in but my little one didn’t like the academic parts (I was trying to gear her up for Kindergarten (or should I say the new 1st grade). 


Well, after this failed attempt, I decided this year not to be married to the schedule and be Head Mistress General. I have allotted more flexibility and down time.  For example:  If it rains and the tennis and/or  a swimming lesson gets cancelled instead of racking my brain in finding a project to keep the girls occupied, we decided (the girls and I)to have a pajama day and spend the day in the Toys R Us warehouse (aka:  the playroom upstairs). The girls are content with playing with their doll collection (a variety of Barbies, Princesses, and miniature doll house family members), building blocks, and kitchen set while dressing up in my fashion scarves. 

 Valley Stream State Park
Photo by Sandra Proto


But I still have some fun varied activities:  We attended the local fireworks show, had fun on Elena of the Arts (my longtime sister-friend Apryl’s houseboat) and this year—instead of going to Coney Island and the New York Aquarium.(annual tradition)—we decided to venture to the Riverhead Aquarium, take a nature walk through the Valley Stream State Park, smell some flowers at the Clark Botanical Gardens, see how brave we can all be without holding on to the railing while ice skating, go to see  Annie. We also scheduled roller skating, a day at Adventure Land Amusement Park, going back to the Prospect Park      Zoo and the New York Hall of Science.
    Clark Botanical Gardens
Photo by Sandra Proto

Whew! So far, we got through the calendar with minor schedule changes (I love Pajama Days; 0).  And I even had some room to schedule some doctor’s appointments.


Now, my greatest obstacle is to add Back to School shopping to the calendar.  


Wish me luck!