boys’ camp

overheard at my house:

“He’s waving the electric knife at me!”

“This kid is out of control. He needs to be broken before he can play with normal people.” (an older brother referring to a younger one– who’s out of control?)

“You bought waterballoons for him? That proves you don’t love me!”

me– “I am going to my closet to change into jeans. For the next sixty seconds I need you to all refrain from jousting, bossing each other around and hitting each other. Understood?”

Clearly, I underestimated the energy burned at school and at the boys endless sports practices and games. I’d forgotten the INTENSITY of summer; the constant vigilance required to make sure that no one kills each other. It’s not that they are bad boys. They are simply boys and the combined testosterone levels in my house right now are surely measurable just in the air.

All the cute neighborhood girls are hosting little summer camps. Is this a tradition in your area? Princess camp, music camp, crafts camp… (I would certainly send Mary to one if I could trust myself to pick her up when it’s over.) My boys decided to pass around their own flyer.


Any takers?

June 10, 2010
June 12, 2010



  1. Chelle

    June 12, 2010

    I’ll bring my sons over tonight. (It’s a sleep over camp, right??)

  2. jennie w.

    June 12, 2010

    If it’s at your house, not mine, then you bet!

  3. Blue

    June 12, 2010

    Gator would like to sign up for Tuesday and Friday. Is lunch included? ♥

  4. Tracy

    June 12, 2010

    That is classic.

  5. katieo

    June 12, 2010

    They are simply boys and the combined testosterone levels in my house right now are surely measurable just in the air.

    A week into summer vacation and I really needed to read that. Thank you.

    p.s. That flyer = what my boys hope the celestial kingdom is.

  6. jess

    June 12, 2010

    AWESOME! your boys are the coolest…

  7. Selwyn

    June 12, 2010

    And here I come to add two more to the mix!

    The boys ask that the camp be delayed until next week, with festivities starting after we land. Sounds like fun!

  8. Sue

    June 12, 2010

    Gee, I think my kids attended that one when they were little!


    PS. Cute boys you have!

  9. 趙佳治

    June 12, 2010


  10. Tifani says...

    June 12, 2010

    Now that is a boy camp!! I will say that if the could stand a girl, Maggie is interested. The typical “girl” offerings (outside of sewing) are not her style. She can joust with the best of them.

  11. Anne Marie

    June 12, 2010

    Absolutely love it! I’m laughing about this because two of my four boys are definitely exhibiting their heightened testosterone levels right now…better break up the unfriendly wrestling match! Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Malisa

    June 13, 2010

    That is awesome.

  13. stephanie

    June 13, 2010

    this makes me want more boys. 3 does not seem like nearly enough fun.

  14. Christie

    June 13, 2010

    My two are already packing their bags. You can expect them in the morning. 🙂

  15. Rachelle

    June 13, 2010

    I have 3 boys and I hear ya. Summer is here~ help!

  16. Linn

    June 13, 2010

    Not only can I not stop laughing, but my husband is hysterical. And jealous. He can’t believe he lives too far away to attend. 🙂

  17. jendoop

    June 14, 2010


    My poor son has 3 sisters and a mom to deal with during summer vacation. If they added a course in making bizarre and disgusting noises with your mouth he’d be over the moon!

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