I can still see a picture in my mind of all those tye dye shirts blowing in the breeze as they hung from the tent in the back yard. Tom and I made some life long friends at these three weekends and hope some of you might have too.
There was actually three (yes THREE!) separate weekend sessions this first year – one in June, one in July and one in August. And although the format changed, the name “Summer Session” stuck.
All the sessions were at our home in San Diego County too! What fun it was to squeeze everyone in the family child care playroom for our workshops! We eventually wised up and got a big circus style tent for the yard!
Our friend Dick from Isaac’s Catering in Carlsbad, California did breakfast pastries, juices, fruit and coffee. Lunch was delicious croissant sandwiches, potato salad, fruit and a slice of pie from Marie Callenders Restaurant.
At Summer Session 2002 we premiered a new workshop about the hazards of TV and computers and began the long standing tradition of participants getting to make T-shirts of some sort during the weekend.
Having one session each month through the summer was exciting and allowed some folks to get three Ooey Gooey® booster shots in a row! However, between all the prep, planning, setting up and catering, all the while still running our large licensed family child care home, I must say it was exhausting! We wanted to keep Summer Session going – but knew that it needed to be condensed into one intense weekend. And that is what we have been doing ever since!