It seems like just yesterday, we finally getting a chance to catch our breath from what was a busy third grade year for Kaitlyn. But here we are, almost at the end of July, and the start of school is right around the corner. It’s hard to believe that she only has two more weeks of summer camp before she gets going with school again (we have a week of vacation, too, and Kaitlyn will spend a week at Amber’s work).
This summer sure has moved right along though. While she certainly has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and learning, it is safe to say that Kaitlyn has enjoyed her summer once again. Who wouldn’t enjoy three trips to Wild Adventures (by the time summer is over), multiple trips to the movies, plenty of bowling, some ziplining, and countless trips to local pools? I know I would.
On top of all of her weekly trips, Kaitlyn has spent nearly every weekend in our pool.
But with school right around the corner, and with Amber and I being fully aware of how difficult it can be to get Kaitlyn back into her routine after so much time out of it (she has really enjoyed being able to stay up later every night!), we have already started to get her back to a regular schedule. This summer will pretty much follow the pattern of previous summers, and we will ease her back into her routine. We usually have to spend a night or two battling with her over it, explaining why we are cutting back on her “fun” time, then once she is on board, we get her used to spending time unwinding in her room before we turn off the light in her room for good each night.
At this point, Amber and I are getting to be (almost) experts at how to best handle this time of year. We still learn and adjust all the time, but having a few summers under our belts has helped tremendously. Deep down, Kaitlyn knows how much these routines keep her on track and how she benefits greatly from them, even if she does choose to fight us every step of the way.