Sometimes I feel like the school year passes entirely too quickly. Then there are other times, when you are in the throws of homework, kid’s reports, deadlines, work, field trips, play dates, etc.. that the school year feels like it is a million weeks long. Then it ends. After a whirlwind of year end pool parties, teacher gifts, final projects – the year is just over. It just ends.
Then you have to fill something like 12 weeks of stuff to do with your kids for the summer.
What? That is like an eternity. As you all know I do happen to love my kids, but I don’t know if they will love me as much if we spend 12 solid weeks together without a camp or vacation somehow breaking it all up. Or all of the above and then some. Nearly 3 months. That is a LONG time!
Yes I have family members that may think that I can’t stand my kids cause I can’t wait to get them out of my hair. But truthfully, kids need to be busy in the summer. It is 110+++ in Phoenix most of the Summer. Kids can’t be outside. So what is a work at home mom to do??? I have to be creative and find ways to keep them occupied. Hey after all, if we can’t work and be productive, they can’t eat. The two go hand in hand. We can’t take the summer off just because there is no school. Nor do we have an unlimited budget to send them to the most exotic camps in the land week after week. So we try and do a little bit of all. Some time at home, some time at camp and some time traveling.
So Laguna Beach is a relatively new tradition for us – year #2 is under way. We have found this fabulous house that is relatively affordable during the off season (a benefit of AZ schools getting out before Memorial Day, we can travel to CA when no one else is!), gorgeous ocean views, walk to the beach (if you are so inclined), walk to town, great restaurants, close to Disney, downtown LA, all sorts of day trips and the greatest weather in the world!
And the best part, we are two families traveling together that have two children the same age and everyone gets along really, really well. The kids have a great dynamic together. If we were on vacation just the Pitts family, I would be constantly breaking up squabbles and silly arguments. For 7 days the adults are treated to 4 kids just getting along, playing, laughing, having a great time. It’s like we get a vacation from our kids while still enjoying being with them!
Looking out over this gorgeous view with the beach breeze, all I can think is: Laguna Beach – I hope this is year two of a very long standing tradition!