First of all, a camp update.
We received a refund check for A’s camp yesterday. She was the only one I had preregistered because I was actually planning to send C to camp at G’s Montessori school. What will the three of them do all summer? Probably a lot of what they are doing now.
I will lengthen their morning ‘outside’ session, then have them come in and work on academic-type stuff (C needs to work on reading/writing and I want A to learn to type efficiently!), and then allow for afternoon screen time since that’s when our weather is often terrible anyway. Swim lessons (social contact permitting) for G. Afternoon pool sessions for all 3 when it is nice and I am there to supervise.
Maybe if mask guidelines etc are relaxed I will sign them up for a couple of weeks of art camp etc. Or a sports activity (ice skating lessons if the rink opens – they really wanted to do this!). It will actually be an interesting experiment to see if they feel incredibly bored or not. They will probably play a lot of Minecraft. That’s okay.
Along these lines, I do not think we are going to put them in any ‘aftercare’ type of program next year. We did this 3x/week this year so that the big kids could attend activities, but inevitably they complained about some of the activities (and I complained about others, like a pricey cooking class that seemed to mostly involve them eating piles of sugar).
I will have our nanny do pickup and they can each pick a sport or activity. MAX of 2 (ie, drama + gymnastics). We were spending an obscene amount on childcare we didn’t really need + kids activities. Now that it’s gone I can see how crazy it really was.
ANYWAY! I’m excited for the new normal. Our spending patterns have definitely changed (saving more) and I think it is for the better. One thing I do miss spending on is travel, but obviously this won’t be happening any time soon. We do have a family trip to a place in the Keys booked for August that I think is a “maybe” . . . no airplane involved. But I am not getting myself attached to any outcome regarding that trip 🙂
These are budget/finance related, for the most part.
1- Ms. Physician On Fire Speaks — This is a post from last November, but I didn’t see it at the time for some reason. You guys, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Ms. PoF. Their lifestyle is so unusual and I do have some issues with Dr PoF’s claims that her leaving the workforce has saved the family $$$. That said — OMG. She is just so lovely in this post. I want to be her friend.
2- Simple Families Podcast – Spending Plan. She doesn’t use the word “budget”, but that’s what it is. I love Denaye’s calm and intentional approach to parenting + family organization. I thought this was a great episode.
3- Planet Money – About That Hazard Pay. A very important issue. This episode focused on grocery store employees, but I also thought about non-provider health care staff (housekeeping, medical/nursing assistants, techs, and many more).