Even as the weather folks are talking nonstop of snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures, I heard an advertisement on the radio for a summer camp open house this week. I really find it difficult to contemplate summer this time of year, but--believe it or not--it's time to start planning for summer vacation.
And it's not just the summer camps trying to shore up business early; on New Year's my brother was quizzing me about our vacation plans this summer (he always has a vacation planned two years out).
I do have to start thinking about it. Now my husband now works telecommuting part-time in an employment position versus independent contracting (as he did in previous summers). Used to be, we'd take a working vacation, packing up our laptops, taking them to a vacation location and working part time while the kids played full time.
And vacation is just the most fun thing to think about in the summer; there's all the mundane stuff like childcare and work schedules too.
This time of year the possibilities for what summer might bring seem vast. And so, the way to start planning is to write down what you, as much as humanly possible, know will happen and then what might happen. Gradually add things and delete stuff from your list, all the while collecting information (like going to the summer camp open houses). Eventually your plan for the summer will come into focus.
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