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Well, it’s been a nice summer.

This morning, I got my two older boys suited up and sun blocked and dropped them off at our local baseball camp. Camp ends at 1pm, and I try to come early to watch a bit of their play, so I’m on the tick tock if I want to get anything accomplished. My youngest, actually hasn’t started camp yet,  and is trucking along right beside me. Let’s go kid, chop chop. You wanted camp mommy, you got it.

I’m trying to fit in the gym, run to Payless for swim shoes for my boys and get to the store for sunblock, milk, eggs, toilet paper and cat liter. There are also clothes at the dry cleaners that she might start charging me rent for if I don’t pick them up soon, and a birthday gift that I’m a week overdue on sending.

While I’m rushing around, trying to get it all done, I run into a friend, busy doing the same. Well, sort of the same, she was running from the gym to a manicure appointment. I definitely need to work on my list.

“Can you believe it’s summer?” She asks.

I think about it for a moment. School is definitely out. The graduation ceremonies, picnics, parties and general hoopla is over. Half my town has left for sleep-away camps, but I’m still up early, packing backpacks, making snacks, entertaining, cleaning, schlepping. To me, the idea of summer vacation, instilled 100 years back, is carefree fun and frolic. This is like any other season, but with more sweat.

“Nope. I can’t believe it.” I say.

“We should get together!” She exclaims.

“Totally!” I agree.

“How about next week?”

“Oh, next week isn’t good. The boys won’t be in full day camp till the week after.”

“Hmm. We’re going on vacation that week. How bout the 18th

“Baseball. The 24th?

“It’s camp visiting day. August 4th?”

“Birthday party.”

August 12th?”

“Uh…Baseball. How bout August 20th?”

“Ha. That’s the week, we’re going away.”

We look at each other, with a knowing smile.

“Okay then, see you after we get the kids off to school?”


We both head off in our own directions and I mentally add ‘school supplies’ to my over-crammed list.

Where does the time go?



About Ice Scream Mama

Mama to 3 boys, wife to Mr. Baseball and daughter of a sad man. I have a double scoop every day.

27 responses »

  1. I totally relate to this. It’s driving me crazy– I can’t schedule anything. Hrrumph.

  2. Ha! I had this exact conversation with a girlfriend yesterday. We couldn’t find a date until the end of August. Scary! I’m with you sister, we need better to do lists filled with more pampering and fun (as if all that will fit in the two hour window I have while the girls are at camp)! Enjoy!

  3. Uh huh, I can relate to this! We got through the same thing….Summer whips by and I think I have time to do the BTS shopping, but end of August always catches me at Walmart with the kids, picking at left-overs from what On The Ball shoppers turned their noses up at from the end of July. Once Staples starts playing the “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” ad, I know my summer’s about to flatline.

  4. It’s insane. I still work full-time, so the girls are scheduled back-to-back all summer. Same morning routine, earlier pick-ups that toss me into evening work hours, and more laundry (oh, the camp towels. so many camp towels).

  5. Weird. It just put my twitter handle. That was me! Hi!

  6. It really does go way too fast doesn’t it? Looking at my calendar I feel summer is almost over and it really just began for us!! xo

  7. The fact that it is already *July* is ridiculous. Ridiculous, I say.

  8. My kid is much older now…Im here to tell y’all that it ends at some point. But then you’re frustrated with your friends who have younger kids and can’t schedule anything…Oh how soon we forget! This was a great reminder for me. Thanks.

  9. Ha! You just described us too – especially this summer with travel baseball! I think things will calm down in the fall, for me. Hope that’s the case for you too!

  10. Summer always goes by in a blur, but I love every minute of it.

  11. It’s so insane, but there are back to school supplies in my Target already, and I can’t help but think that it’s just the beginning of July, and there is still so much summer to go, so why are we thinking about September already. I want more weeks of 9pm sunsets, outdoor barbecues, and summer nights. I love fall too, but I’m not quite ready yet.

  12. There is never enough time in the day my dear. And just when you think you do have time, that little reminder in the back of your mind creeps up on you and you’re like – yeah! I have to do that and so your time is sucked

  13. Yeah, it almost seems like the summers are busier than the school year! At least with school, the bus comes to get the kids and then they are gone the whole day (presumably). Summer is crazy! Camps to schedule, then to plan around, then other activities to be planned, then trying to get playdates to happen (ha!), then vacations (which means packing and schlepping and unpacking . . . ). It’s enough to drive you crazy. At least it’s only 2 1/2 months! Hang in there. 🙂

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