Drop Off, Pick Up, Repeat.

MIT Museum capability mom …or What I Did On My Summer Vacation. Vacation? No. Staycation? Not quite that either. Call it The Day Camp Diaries. Take your regular children, add other people’s children in a carpool for maximum scheduling confusion (but you don’t drive every leg), add towns near and far, throw in some not-so coordinated start and end times and a smattering of schedule changes (Can you make a pick up in Weston and one in Cambridge with only a half hour in between? Yes, yes, you can) and you have my summer.

First world problem? Definitely. Gratitude problem? Quite possibly that too. However, I know I’m not alone in an increased summer driving requirement. Many of my friends (the ones whose children are not at sleep away camps, note to self, time to look at Maine Camp Experience) have a full component of children at home and/or in day camps. Once your kids are in different camps and have specialty (read one or two week programs) camps, you are doomed to drive way more than you ever thought possible. On the up side, you get to explore new lands with exotic food (off campus lattes and baked goods always taste better). capability mom meringues from flour bakery cookbookWhat is considered off campus? Anything that is out of your regular route.

Some off campus activities included the Boston waterfront and a visit to flour bakery + cafe which inspired the baking of meringues made by daughter and a friend – they even upped the meringue meter by adding raspberries, blueberries and chocolate (all were delicious but raspberry was the favorite). A carpool route went by Sofra so that was a must, we also visited the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and lunch in the cafe, the MIT Museum and another flour location) and the Wellesley Farmer’s Market (we did find a closed but pretty Whole Foods food truck – it was parked behind the Wellesley store (mysteriously, I can’t find any info on it – if you know something, send me a note!) and Captain Marden’s Seafoods has one, too, it was parked in the old Whole Foods parking lot on Washington Street. Follow them on Twitter @codsquadtruck for hours and locations./codsquadtruck captain marden's seafood capability mom

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8 comments to Drop Off, Pick Up, Repeat.

  • Totally! Drop off… pick up… repeat! Summer isn’t as relaxing as I’d thought it would be. Oh well.

    And the Cod Squad is a great name for a food truck. Love!

  • I need a vacation from my summer! I love the cod squad, too. Will write about the best of cod squad soon. That will be a fun field trip.

  • Ann

    I can relate a little… My kids schools are in opposite corners of my town but Newton, to Weston, and Cambridge… having lived around there I know that is worse! I think it is great that you are making the most of it! I vow to do some exploring of my own come fall!

    • Today I made a theoretical pick up – I had someone grab the second leg b/c I wasn’t sure I could do it – Boston to Newton – pickups were 30 minutes apart. I think I finally found my true talent…carpooling!

  • I’m glad your crazy car pool allowed for some great foodie stops. I had 3 kids in 3 camps with no repeats from week to week so I am constantly getting confused who is where and what time is the pick up/drop off. Sometimes the car pool makes the schedule so difficult to remember. I am almost better at same time/same day pick up/drop off.

    I hope it gets better soon!

  • Yesterday I sent my son to camp on the camp bus. The camp called – he wasn’t even registered for camp this week. Sleep away camp, here we come.

  • usually i envy you. not today girl. OMG. i’m so glad i can’t drive. lol.

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