6.22.2009

The Price Of Sanity ... $592

TGFMC ... otherwise known as Thank Goodness For Mini Camp ... starts tomorrow at the JCC.

I enrolled both girls for the 3/4 day mini camp program this week, which gives me exactly 6 1/2 hours each day to get as much done before I'm back to schlepping around three kids instead of just one. See, in my quest to hemorrhage as much money as possible this summer, sanity presented itself for the low, low price of $266 per week / per child for camp. And I bought it. Along with lunch for $6 per day / per child. Which I bought as well. It's all about the convenience. Isn't kid-free shopping worth almost any amount of money?

This weekend the girls were troopers as I dragged them to two different Trader Joe's stores, Starbucks (a given), Ikea, and Babies 'R Us. I was so frantic to get everything done that by the time we got into our last store, I didn't care that they were singing on the top of their lungs the All American Rejects song "Give You Hell" ... with the correct lyrics! Whatevah!

Monday I'll be spending a majority of my morning finalizing the organization of our layette and consumables shipment that will be packed up and moved out on Tuesday. I need to finish sealing up all the liquids in Ziploc bags that may potentially leak and ruin other items in the box, which happened last year with my Swiffer Wet packages. I don't want a repeat performance this year!

By Tuesday afternoon I'll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. While I could have shopped when I first arrived and shipped the consumables out much earlier, we decided to wait towards the end of our visit to ensure that we bought most everything we needed to survive the next year. We also knew that it would take approximately three weeks to receive our layette shipment in India, and that we'd want it to arrive there around the same time we did. This way we weren't waiting for the necessities (like the stroller, more formula, diapers, clothes, etc) on the other side, nor were we inconvenienced too badly when we shipped out stuff we were using here (like the bouncy seat and bath tub). And let's be honest - who wants the movers to come twice?

While I continue my shopping excursions, deal with the movers, and go to three separate doctor's appointments later this week, the girls will be having a blast at Gymnastics and Cheer camp. They'll enjoy being with other kids learning cheers, tumbling, swimming, and burning off excess energy. Which means they won't be shopping with me.

Though sanity may be highly overpriced, it certainly isn't over rated.

9 comments:

Robin said...

Considering everything you've got going on this month I'd say sanity is a bargain at any price. Sometimes you've just got to do what you've got to do.

Mom24 said...

I love that...sanity overpriced but you're definitely right, it can not be over rated. If you hadn't put them in the camp you'd be kicking yourself everyday.

Crazy weeks ahead. Hang on to that sanity. :-)

Jen said...

I can't imagine shopping for a whole year! And do it with kids would be terrible. Putting them in camp where they can have fun is definitely worth the cost.

Michelle said...

I'd pay that much for just ONE shopping trip alone. You're right - it's priceless!

Kirsten said...

Amen sister. Amen. Worth every penny.

Lisa said...

just reading about buying all that stuff makes me feel overwhelmed. I can't imagine....
btw - I was telling my hubs about all you had to buy & how you are in chennai and when he went there last year he said he talked w/ people in the consolate. is that where matt is?

Naomi said...

Cheers to you on Tuesday when that weight on your shoulders drives away with the moving truck!

Your organization should be bottled and sold ... would help cover the cost of daycamp :)

anymommy said...

I hope you are still going to have that bottle of wine as well!

Shannon said...

Summer camps are a very good thing.

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