Summer Scheduling Madness…It’s Looming

Summer is almost upon us! For this stay at home mom that means a drastic change in my work load. Gone will be the days of just my daughter and I having quiet, polite, sparkly girly time together. My two school aged boys will be back to crashing around under our roof all day long…and I’m excited about it! It feels like I hardly ever see them during the school year. So, while it definitely changes the dynamic, I love spending more time with them during the summer!

One thing I don’t love about summer is scheduling summer activities. It’s like an advanced military operation getting it all planned out. First, they have to decide which activities they want to do. Then we have to whittle that list down from 593 to a manageable two or three per child. Here’s what we’ve collectively narrowed it down to this summer:

Piano Lessons
Swim Lessons Level 1
Football Camp
Junior Golf League
Summer Dance
Swim Lessons Level 2
Basketball Camp
Flag Football
Swim Lessons Level 3
Seems manageable, right? Until you have to make it work on your calendar. It’s like a high stakes game of Tetris. Ensuring that all the pieces fit together seamlessly, that we don’t stack pieces too high on any one day.  Organizing each activity so that no drop-off or pick-up times overlap.  Then I have to make sure that we have at least a hand full of open days in the summer for being lazy, and making our own adventures (just us). It literally takes a spreadsheet system. (And lets not even discuss the $$$ it all costs us. That’s another blog post for another time.) I used to be that mom who said I would never over schedule my kids. But that was back when I thought I knew everything. Back when they were wee babes who took naps for several hours each day. When they were content just to make homemade play-doh and dance in the kitchen with me all day long. Having big kids changes everything. I hope I’m doing this right…


  1. You are scaring me. With a 16 month old this feels far away, but I imagine it arrives sooner than expected. However, in an odd way, I’m excited for a crazy calendar. I sort of miss that!

    • Be afraid…be very afraid. Okay, maybe not afraid…but just be ready. It’s going to happen in the blink of an eye. My 9 year old was just 16 months old yesterday.

  2. What till you have a teen and *almost* teen to schedule for! Thanks for the great laugh this am!

    Stopping in from SITS Saturday Sharefest

  3. Hi! I was just telling someone I am not sure I am ready for summer! It is so hard to fit it all in! We live on a farm and it is not uncommon for us to have dinner at 8:30 in the summer, how horrible is that??
    I enjoyed this post! Found you through Sharefest 🙂

    • Hey Jennifer…Thanks for stopping by! My husband grew up on a farm. So I’m quite familiar with the 8:30 summer supper program. Whatever works right? Ready or not…here comes summer. 🙂

  4. Don’t forget to leave a little time to schedule in some summer time family fun at the cabin! That’s what MN summers are for. Sept. will be here before we know it. Just remember that you are the master of your own family’s calendar. Don’t complain too loud. Aren’t you happy to be available to be the chauffeur? Soon your boys will have their driver’s license and won’t need you to plan their outings. They’ll be off on their own. UGH! That’s when grey hairs will surely show up.

    • I was just telling one of my friends, it’s a sad state of affairs when you have to schedule in lazy days. But that’s what it’s come to. But another fantastic point…I am lucky to be home to chauffeur! Sometimes I forget that not everyone get’s to do that. PS: Too late! Gray hairs have not only shown up…they’ve been covered up. 🙂


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