This is big for us. Probably bigger (and better) than it is for most households. See, during the school year, Jack spends weekdays at our house and then all but one weekend a month with his dad (who lives an hour away). In the summer the schedule flips, so we will actually get to enjoy weekends and have leisure time with Jack on a regular basis! We’ll get to have play dates with his friends, too.
Not to mention that for the next two months our household will have a break from:
- Packing lunches (with foods Jack hasn’t gotten sick of)
- Strict bedtimes
- Dragging Jack out of bed for school
- Worrying about Jack going to bed on time
- Being late or calling into work due to Jack feeling ill
- The small annoyance of Jack’s teacher spelling his last name wrong regularly (it drives me NUTS)
David and I will definitely be enjoying the quiet time on weekdays, too. With our baby due at the end of August, this is going to be the last couple of months where we get to have stretches of time alone together without any kids to take care of. We will enjoy that little perk of shared custody while we can!
We have an exciting summer ahead of us for other reasons, as well. Jack’s 8th birthday is July 13. His Make-a-Wish is underway and he should have a completed TARDIS console in his room by the end of summer. In early August Jack is scheduled to go to Camp Okizu’s oncology summer camp where he’ll be away from his parents for a whole week – EEP. We are nervous about it and we’re not sure he’ll actually stay the whole week, but we figure we’ll give it a try. We think it will be good for him to get a little independence.
August will bring our baby and a new school year – Jack will start the 3rd grade. And then things will get messy (messier) again.
So for now, I’m going to try to enjoy a little bit of freedom!