Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ship my kids off for a week for FREE? I’m game.

So the time has come for me to start deciding what to do with my kids this summer.

I hope to be working for at least half of it, but I swear, if I have to be home all day with them both, someone won’t make it out sane. (I jest, as we all know I wasn’t all there to begin with.)

So the National Military Family Association has this awesome thing for military kids, called Operation Purple Camp.

What they do, is rent out camps all over the country for the week and hold a special weeklong session just for military kids. It’s just like normal camp, but they talk to the kids about how difficult it is when they have a parent that is deployed a lot. Its really a good thing, and my kids had a great time while they were there two summers ago.

It’s open registration time, folks! Get your applications in NOW!!!

I submitted mine for my two. They are not going to be thrilled with me, but I could care less because I need a week of peace and quiet. Plus, they need to be around some kids anyway for the summer. It’s perfect for 8 year olds and up. I would say if they are younger than 8, they may not be ready for it yet, although the program restrictions may be younger than that.

If I were properly motivated, I would jump in the air and click my heels together at the thought of a whole week with them in the woods...kayaking, swimming, doing campfires, playing games, hiking, etc...Campy type crap. I always wanted to go to summer camp when I was a kid. My parents never let me go. (Yes, mom...chalk it up to another thing you NEVER did for me, because I was so deprived and also never had a Power Wheels nor a Barbie Dollhouse NOR an EasyBake Oven. Haha. See, this is why my kids give ME a hard time...I still do it to my own mother, and yes, she reads this blog.)

Now the thought of camping is ruined because I know that it would be uncomfortable tents, mosquitos, lack of air conditioning and manual labor. And I would either fall and hurt myself or get bitten by something. Yet, I jump at the chance to send my children. lol. They both had a great time last time they went. Even Taylor, who is not an outdoor kid was out kayaking and playing with the other kids. I know. They take random pictures everyday and post them online with a secure password, so you can login and see what havoc your little monsters are wreaking.

I’ve also started looking in to putting them in the Peace Corp, but they ARE too young for that.


All I have to say to my friends who mocked me for having babies when we turned 21 and now are the ones with the babies, is “ha ha suckers.”

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  1. I momentarily wish I was American so I could send my kids to free camp. That's an awesome idea.
    Sadly, my parents did send me to girl guide camp. And I hate everything about sleeping outside. So the best part about summer camp is I don't have to go!
    I also laugh extensively at the friends my age with their babies. Bet they wish they started at 20 too. If only that last kid hadn't snuck in there, I'd have a week alone for summer camp too!

  2. Too bad they dont have a baby camp complete with ball pits and cribs, I would totally ship mine all that a bad thing to say out loud:)

  3. Hey, thanks for the comment on my post... (I tried to send you a message on FB, but I suck at technology and couldn't get it to work.) Definitely true what you said. Also, I have the same issue with scarlet dogma's blog, but I've had it with other blogs as well, so I just sucked it up and created a log in with word press. but thanks for letting me know! I'm guessing you won't be the only one with that issue, and I'm hoping that won't stop people from leaving comments! All this fucking logging in gives me a migraine.

  4. Sounds like heaven. We have run out of willing relatives to house my children for week long stints during the summer. Crapper.

  5. Camp = awesome for kids. And it sounds like a win-win for all of you. You get some peace, the kids get a change of scenery and some new friends. Go for it.

  6. I'm jealous! I would love to send mine off...even if just for a day!