Evil Joy Speaks

Spawning the next generation of evil genius, one misadventure at a time

School's Out For Summer!

Summer has arrived.

“You know Mom summer doesn’t actually start until the equinox so it’s really still spring.”

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More accurately – as is evidently required, school has ended for the 2013-2014 school year in this lair.  Now…there are four spawn home.  All day.  Every day.  All summer long.

I.  Am.  Terrified.

Being the brilliant parents Dr. Evil and I are, we have the two oldest scheduled for loads of physical activity in the morning hours.  Raider Elite is an organized summer workout/gym class.  And again my brilliance shines through. It begins at 8:30 or 9 depending on grade level.  (And hell no, I am not making two trips – you’d best bring a book to read or something because you’re sitting on your arse at school while waiting for your class to start.)

And…Then…..For Eldest….He was selected from the lottery for summer gym for high school.  Oh…that pains me to write.  My oldest is in high school.  He can’t be that big.  I can’t be that old.  I’m not yet vintage.  Unless vintage is cool.  Then maybe, just maybe I can be the start of vintage.  Like the gray in my hair.  I have the start of gray.  It’s not yet to the point where I take my ink pen and try to hide the blue gray hairs.

Back to summer….

After 3 hours of physical activity they get to come home.

And do chores.

Then…it’s time for baseball, softball, or t-ball depending on their age.

My goal?  To make them sleep at night.  So they don’t hear the frogs out in the back acres.  So they don’t hear the alarm bell Dr. Evil has go off at 5:14 am EVERY FREAKING DAY.  And to keep them so active they are ready for whatever comes their way in the fall.  One is playing football.  One is thinking about cross country.  The other two, my Littles, are just little enough that riding bike, swimming, trampoline jumping, playing tag, running from their older siblings, and doing chores will make them tired.  And ready for the activities that come with grades 1 and 4.

I hope.

And….I hope we spend time at the beach.  Together.  All of us.  There is a man made ‘lake’ beach area in a nearby state park.  You can bring in coolers of food and drinks and we can spend the entire day (except for the hours of required hard physical labor for the two Bigs) playing in the water, on the play structure (which is EPIC – honestly – it’s amazing and I LOVE IT), or just hanging on the beach soaking up the sun that makes it past my broad spectrum 50 SPF water proof, bug proof, sweat proof, have to scrub off but keeps my Littlest from turning into a lobster and makes me worry about skin cancer … sunblock.   We’ll take some RV trips.  One in particular is to a ball tournament at Wisconsin Dells.  The others…well Dr. Evil is good at planning those and tends to just let me know when to have things ready to roll.

And I’m good with that.

Summer has arrived.  I’m a little less terrified.

And ready to live it up.

What are you plans for the summer?

EJ out – to get ready for this first day – I have a chore list to make!!  Woot Woot!

If you’re feeling the joy summer brings (see what I did there????), take a minute and click on that juggling lady there up on the right.  You’ll cast a vote for my blog at Top Mommy Blogs.  That’s all you have to do.  One click here on this blog page.  Thanks!!!  Now….


Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

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I used: frog ~ bell ~ vintage ~ blue ~ ink

They were submitted by:  Stacy Sews and Schools

Below are the links to the other amazing posts – you should check them out and see how they used their given words.  If I remember correctly, I was particularly Evil so you should really find whoever got stuck with mine!!!

http://bakinginatornado.com                                Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                      Stacy Sews and Schools

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                      Juicebox Confession

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/                    Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                     Someone Else’s Genius

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                      Battered Hope

http://www.healingtomato.com                         Healing Tomato

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com             Evil Joy Speaks
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                       The Sadder But Wiser Girl



  1. I was actually feeling sorry for you, having to work so hard to keep 4 kids of different ages amused. But then you went and ruined it by rubbing it in that you have access to a beach. Oh, how I miss the East Coast. We have lakes here and when I fist moved here I called the parks and rec dept to find out which ones had beaches on them. They laughed. Definitely not a good sign.

    • We have lots of lake access given we are on the boarder of Minnesota/Wisconsin. Our town has river front beach…but it’s sort of a teenage hang out. We drive over to Minnesota and hit Lake Elmo Park Preserve. It’s a man made beach and lake but the kids love it and I feel fairly safe there with them. Now that they are a bit older it’s super easy but I’m always counting kids and looking for heads and making sure I can see all four or six (sometimes we take friends). It’s a wonderful thing.

      We really are pretty lucky – the Twin Cities offer some exciting stuff and yet we live out where there are silos and cows…..

  2. Makes you wonder why it’s called “summer break” – who gets a break, not the mom! Looks like you are going to be one busy driver, snack packer and laundry person! So here’s to many of those beach days – you will post pictures, right? No beaches in Switzerland…

    • I promise to post pictures!!! Today is the the first official day of summer in my mind – Monday. We have one at Boy Scout camp alllll week. One is babysitting for the first time for 10 hours!?!?! (I’m staying very close to home and very close to my phone.) Two will be going to a playdate while I clean for a few hours and then….we can hang this afternoon! Woot Woot! After my nap….JK. I wish I could take a nap.

  3. GREAT JOB with the words!!!
    I wish I could feel for with the kids home but mine are always home!! LOL 😉

    • Thanks Stacy!! I love that you homeschool – I think it’s awesome!!! I know I’m not cut out for it but I applaud those who can and DO!!!!

      Summer and Fall are always weird transitions for us!!

  4. Ugh. You’re more organized than me. Baseball is almost over for us, so that’s out. And it’s like pulling teeth to get them to read. Tweens. What are you going to do? 🙂

    • Whatcha Gonna Do? PICK UP DOG POOP! Whatcha Gonna Do? FIGHT WITH YOUR SIBLINGS! Whatcha Gonna Do? CHORES! Whatcha Gonna Do? HAVE FUN!

      You’ll rock summer!!! I’m sure of it!

  5. Love it. I’m traumatized that my little is about to be one. I definitely didn’t give her permission to grow this fast. I dread the thought of her high school years. When that time comes, I’ll remember this post, and definitely plan her summers accordingly. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh!!! ONE! You can still huff her little head and have the sweet smell of baby! I do miss those days! Each stage comes with such happys and sads…..I can’t believe my son is going to be in high school – sad – and I can’t believe he’s such a good kid – happy. Enjoy your little one – I know…everyone says that….but huff her head for me!

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