We’ve been in the house for the entire week mainly catching up on rest. It’s been a week since Mari’s graduation and I’m just getting around to blogging about it mainly because I remember that my daughter started camp today. Thank GOD up above for Boys and Girls Clubs here in Louisiana. How can you beat a program that open to all children, K-6, free breakfast, lunch, and enrichment for $60 for 8 weeks?! I seriously won. Seriously.

Now my son’s school, that’s another story. I was hoping to get him into the same camp as my daughter, but because of his age, that was a no go although he’ll be allowed to eat breakfast and lunch if he wanted. Aside from the tuition that I normally pay, for the summer, it’s $100 more. I just cannot pay $400 a month for three months. Well, I probably can but I refuse to. I’m sure he’s grateful that he has had the time off and is not really concerned about returning. He has his own little agenda it seems and he takes pride in saying what we’re going to do and how we’re going to have so much fun. Well, Mama’s down.

Here are a few shots from his graduation ceremony:





I do plan on securing some type of employment before I completely obliterate my savings. I had a few temp/part-time offers, which is exactly what I’m looking for until I return to school in the Fall and start teaching again. As of right now, I’m looking for things that’ll keep him busy and so far, I’ve found a lot of neat things, not to mention CHEAP/FREE activities. From library visits & summer reading programs, $1 Zoo visits, and $1 movie days.. to church day camps, museum visits, and summer baseball. Again, thank God for the summer leagues of small towns. You can’t beat a $20 registration fee. Also, a fellow mommy of my son’s preschool offered to do to playdates. That should be interesting because those two together are something else.

So, this summer is going to be a show. Iyanna, Imari, and I – featuring all his little imaginary friends. (I’m not kidding.) And you all have front row seats. You’re welcome.


For all of you who have kids that won’t be in camps this summer, what do you plan to do? How are you going to remain sane?

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  1. Faith

    June 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Ha, I’m just wondering how my mom stayed sane with 4 girls in the summer. We did not do camp, haha.

    $60 for 8 weeks is awesome especially since it also includes breakfast and lunch!

    Congrats to Imari! He’s such a cutie!

    1. Rae

      June 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Four girls?!! Wow!

      My son is like 3 children in one so I hope I stay as sane as your mom! LOL!

  2. Vaneese

    June 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

    That summer camp price is AWESOME. Thankfully, I won’t have to face the issue of “what to do with my kid during the summer” until next summer, since she starts kindergarten in the fall. I wonder if my city has a similar summer program like yours? That would be great. Until then, though, I’ll continue to pay the $600 a month for childcare. #AugustPleaseHurryTheBlankUp

    Oh and as for what my mother did for us during our summer vacas? Sent us to our grandma…3 hours away….for the whole summer. LMAO, she had the game on lock.

    1. Carla

      June 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      LOL! Yes indeed! I can remember spending the summers at my grandmother’s house as well, although it was just about a 10 minute drive. LOL!

      You should probably check and see if there is a Boys & Girls club in your area. We have several and it seems that there are more that are being brought into fruition. Prices may vary per area, but it’s definitely worth it. My daughter is enjoying it so far and it really helps this single mom out with child care/camp expenses.

  3. Vett

    June 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    congrats!! he is adorable, treasure those moments :)

  4. Tamara

    June 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    So precious! Man, your kiddies are growing up soo fast!

    1. Carla

      June 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      They are growing entirely TOO fast for me. Can time just stop? Please!

  5. Nellie

    June 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats to little man, he looks so happy and proud of his accomplishments. Although the zoo and museums are free on certain days its always mobbed–but better than being cooped up in the house :) That summer camp price is amaze!

  6. Reese

    June 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Adorable! Time sure have changed since “my day” (sidenote: I suppose I’m old enough to officially have a “day”). Back then the only graduation we had was high school and college. I’m sure by the time my daughter gets old enough they’ll have graduations for every grade.

    Congrats to your son thought. He looks so adorable in his little cap and gown!


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