By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Growing up, I enjoyed spending my summers at camp. Spending 7 weeks canoeing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and living in a cabin with a dozen other girls my age was a wonderful way to try new things, push myself, and grow up.
Over the years our kids have heard many of my camp memories. When I fell off a horse, when I saw a mama bear and her cubs during my morning run, and when I was caught in a thunderstorm during a canoe trip. They’ve also learned many camp songs and heard about many of my summer camp’s traditions. From celebrating Christmas in July, to earning ice cream sundaes for clean cabins, to earning activity honors every Monday evening. So many of my childhood memories are from camp.
Until last week, our kids’ upcoming summer did not include any summer camps. I was planning on a low-key summer filled with Lego, crafts, day trips to beaches and zoos, and park play dates with friends. But, after seeing recent covid trends and after getting my first dose of the vaccine, I finally felt ready to sign our kids up for camp. Not surprisingly our kids couldn’t be happier with our new summer plans.
It’s challenging to make specific plans this summer when kids are still unvaccinated. And it is hard to remind our kids that our summer plans might need to change yet again. However, after countless bedtime stories filled with my camp memories, I am excited to flip things around. I can’t wait to listen to our kids’ camp adventures this summer.