When the school year winds down and summer is around the corner, A and T start to prepare for summer camp. Since Hubby and I both work full time, they need something to do in the summer to keep them from going in insane from boredom and me from going insane from two bored kids running amok while I work from home.
The preschool they went to provide a summer camp for kids and they have been going there every year. The have a lot of space with a small pond for canoeing, tennis courts for lessons, swimming lessons everyday, horses and fun games. They spend the entire day outside which is great for kids with seemingly endless energy.
The last few summers the kids at camp have been playing with Pokemon cards. So to prepare for camp, A and T have to make sure their cards are all organized and ready for play. They use their money to buy new card packs. Apparently, it is a big deal. This year we had to get new binders to fit their growing collection of cards.
They have also started creating cards on the computer and printing them out on photo paper. And we must not forget the renewed interest in watching episodes of Pokemon on demand.
It’s funny because E, R and C have long outgrown the card collections but do also get a renewed interest in Pokemon at this time. Last summer at the beach, C told A and T that he would buy them new card sets if they had what he deemed “good behavior” for a few days. It worked as well as the bribery we usually try.
This year T has made several references to how a lot of camp kids start working as counselors once they are too old to participate as a camper. I wonder if this is foreshadowing for what he might was to do in a few years to make money and keep busy in the summer. We shall see.
I am very glad that they enjoy their summer camp. A few years back they did not want to go but we made them anyway and now they love it. I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have such a wonderful choice for keeping them busy in the summer.
PS – My 4 year blogaversary came and went last week without fanfare. Happy Blogaversary to me.