Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Posted by Kaylea Cross
School's officially out from this afternoon until after Labor Day. I have mixed (mostly anxious) feelings about this, since my two little guys fight like freaking cats and dogs all day long. It's gotten way worse in the past year since little guy (6) has really been vocal about being picked on by big guy (8). When they're together unoccupied for more than five minutes, a row generally ensues. This is not conducive to working on deadline on my next book. I did manage to hand in my next Bagram Special Ops book a month early (yay, me!), but I still have one more to plot and draft before the end of summer.
I've got the weasels registered for various camps and swim lessons, but there is a lot of downtime between now and the start of school. A LOT. I very much adore my boys (just so you all don't think I'm a deadbeat mom), though it's tough for me to get any solid writing done with them around. Sometimes it takes me all day to get my few thousands words in, and that's when they're gone at school all day! The plan for the summer is to write first thing in the morning, then take most afternoons off to go on little excursions with them to the beach, the park, field trips, etc.
Any of you moms have some tried and true methods of maintaining your sanity over the summer? I've taken the Wii away until September, and their TV time will be limited to the mornings while I write. (I've been told I'm the meanest mom EVER) When I was a kid we got thrown outside with instructions not to come back until the lights went on. For real. Now, I don't want that for my boys, but they don't seem to be able to occupy themselves for hours on end like I used to. Ah, the good old days...
at 5:30 PM