Camp Mama Love

Here’s our list of activities that we did I had lined up for the past 10 days:

Disclaimer: These are not my kids. Photo Credit: http://lgsrc.com

These are not my kids. Photo Credit: http://lgsrc.com

Swim Play Date ~ Check!  How I made it fun for the grown-ups, too?  Wine & cheese for the mommies!  When the kids got sick of the pool, they ran around in the little sprinkler I put on the lawn & painted the cement and rocks with water.  I also had chalk,  a water table, and our swing.

Library Day ~ No check … We had it on our schedule, and The Boy was gung-ho when we put it on the schedule, but vetoed it twice on the day-of, despite my telling him we were going to search for Dragon Books.  Maybe he was having flashbacks to the previous two times we had visited (he was 2-ish) and was yelled at by a very stern Librarian who apparently didn’t realize that you can’t “shush” a 2 year old Aspie!  Oh well – I will get us there, but the truth is that we pretty much have a library here at our house … If only people would keep it organized! Hmmm … that gives me an idea 😉

Beach Day ~ Check & Check!  This is always so much fun … I love the beach, he loves the beach.  This time we went with friends, but I love going just the two of us also.  Pro-Tip: Get a wagon & load all of your gear into the wagon for easy hauling down to the beach.  If you live in the LA area, I highly recommend the Annenberg Beach House! The boardwalk makes it easy to drag that wagon to the shore.  We spent all day there (on two separate playdates) chasing the waves & the seagulls, looking for dolphins & building sand castles ~ This one sure does wear him (and ME!) out!!

My favorite activity!

My favorite activity!

 

Hike ~ Check & Phew … We actually just got back from a 1-hour hike in our local mountain range.  It’s an easy enough hike for The Boy, but has a few steep hills scattered throughout to get our blood pumping.  When you get to the top of the rocky peaks, there’s a great view of the city below.  This morning was an all-out battle to get him to actually come along, though.  He had a melt-down because he wanted to play with his toys, (he’s once again obsessed with Toy Story,) but once we got there, he apologized and said he was glad I forced him to hike!  I’m such a mean mom making him have adventures & go outside – sheesh!

Park Play Date ~ Check! Have to say, we’re super lucky to live 10-minutes walking distance from one of the coolest parks in town!  (My wagon comes in handy here too!) They recently re-vamped the entire playground to be a shane’s

photo courtesy of Mitch Englander

photo courtesy of Mitch Englander

inspiration park that kids with all abilities can access, and they added a splash pad. The trouble is getting him to leave here – haha … he would live at the park if he could, he told me as much!

Movie Day ~ Check!  When it gets too hot outside & I need to take a break, we high-tail it to the movies.  We’ve been to the movies twice!  Saw How To Train Your Dragon Pt. 2 and Earth To Echo.  I thought they were both good, but thought that How to Train Your Dragon 2 was out-of-this world-amazing!!  The story was great, the animation was so great – 100 times better than #1.  And I left the theatre wanting my own dragon, (I actually ended up getting a pack of dragons that had 2 Toothless dragons in there and The Boy let me have one! Ha!)  Earth to Echo was a cute story – kind of trying to be the E.T. of this generation, and it fell short of that.  Better for kids that are a little older – like 7-12 maybe.

All in all, I’d say I’m doing pretty well with this summer thing … The Boy even told me that our camp is way more fun than the other one he was at — score!!

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