Today is The Goose’s last full day of Kindergarten. I spent a lot of time last night trying to decide whether I should take some time to sit and relax, or if I should get busy cleaning the house, as I doubt I’ll have much time for that after today. I decided to do a little bit of both… we’ll see how that goes.
Because I’ve essentially been childless during the day since September, having The Goose home all day, every day is going to take some getting used to. And re-learning how to get things done while keeping him entertained is going to be my biggest challenge. We don’t rely on the television or the computer to keep him occupied, and we strive to limit his media time (including iPad, television, computer and video game usage) to 45 minutes per day during the school year (25 minutes after homework is finished and another 20 minutes before bed). Even though he’ll likely have a bit more media time over the summer, I will still need to find fun and interesting activities to keep him busy during the day.
Having The Goose home for summer vacation means that I need to do things differently.
First, I need to start prepping dinner first thing in the morning (This one is real, folks. Every day come 5:00 The Goose turns into a complete maniac and there is no way I can do any amount of chopping and/or cooking with him around).
I will no longer be able to head to the grocery store first thing in the morning, before all the other shoppers head out. And I’ll no longer be able to whip through the store checking things off my list, and getting out of there as fast as possible. Especially since The Goose is nearly as tall as me now, and there is no way I can get him into the grocery cart like I used to.
Then there’s the dirt. Because little boys are messy, have terrible aim, and often leave the bathroom sink covered in dirt, I’ll have to start cleaning the bathroom everyday, like I did before The Goose was in school. I’ll have to sweep the steps by the back door three times a week, and search the entire house for missing laundry.
When it comes time to go somewhere, I won’t be able to leave the house without saying “Please put on your shoes.” at least 17 times. Even if the place we are headed to is fun. Even if The Goose is the one who asked to go in the first place.
Summer vacation also means that I need to keep a beach bag in the car at all times – stocked with swim trunks, sun screen, inflatable pool toys and extra towels. Because if we come across a beach or a splash park, there is no way The Goose is going to let us get out of there without hopping in.
As always, The Goose and I are planning to have a lot of fun over summer vacation. We’ll spend Wednesdays having lunch and listening to children’s concerts at the park. We’ll go to the beach every Friday. We’ll have playdates at the park. We’ll pick strawberries, weed our gardens, play soccer, run through sprinklers. We’ll have outdoor barbecues, water balloon fights, trips up north, and we’ll undoubtedly have a wonderful, magical time.
And, come September, I’ll have time to clean my house again.