Monday, February 4, 2008

To camp or not to camp?

I am struggling with whether or not to apply the girls for camp at Shelburne Farms again this summer. Shelburne Farms looks like this:

This will be the fourth year I have entered this camp lottery. The deadline in February 21. The first year they didn't get in. Which only fueled my desire to apply in 2006. They were selected for our last choice and attended half day camp for five days. That was our family vacation, a week away from the Texas heat, enjoying beautiful Vermont and staying at my mother-in-laws house. Oh and we drove. From Texas. Got in the car on a Thursday afternoon and didn't stop until we arrived 28 hours later.

So the summer of 2007, when the girls had secured a 4 day, day camp the week of the 4th of July, we decided to fly. I love me some Shelburne Farms. The only thing better than chasing and catching their beautiful chickens is this:

Their cheese is amazing. Arguably almost worth the trip. Definitely one of my favorite things.

So the trip in July of 2007 was really the only "vacation" I officially took last year. Our luggage was lost. My friend who had come down to visit, left unexpectedly early. By Wednesday we were down to ordinary chicken dinner and the History Channel. I holed up in the guest room and read. I had used four of my precious ten vacation days and after it was all said and done, I honestly didn't have that great of a time. I remember telling anyone who would listen, to please remind me not to do that again. It just didn't feel like a vacation for me.

So here we are attempting to decided if we do or don't in 2008?


clickmom said...

Tough one, cheese is the food of the gods after all, and good cheese is not somehting to foresake without a lot of consideraton. Hmmm... Good luck with that decision, I don't envy you.

Seriously, for what it woul dhave cost you have some cheese fed-exed to you in a happier place! Have fun on your vacation!

zellmer said...

Don't. Do. It!

Don't they have camps in San Francisco?

Do something you want to do this year. The girls will have fun no matter what. Give yourself a break! You're the one who's been working all year. You earned that vacation, honey. Spend it however you want.