Summer 2013 Tidbits
Please don’t tell me that June is almost over.
I’m not ready for it to be July yet!!!
We’ve been out of school since Memorial Day and I’m still trying to wrap up the year from an administrative view. Just finishing posting Em and David’s grades this week and updating their high school notebooks and throwing away all we don’t need from the past year. Haven’t even begun to really put down on paper what we need to start the new year with – it’s all in my head still (and curriculum is sitting in my carts waiting for the final decision to order or not to order).
But we’ve been having fun! Take a look at what we’ve “seen” the past 5 weeks:
Molly and I took an early morning bike ride by the beach one Friday morning. Six miles total!!
And we’ve been enjoying veggies from our garden. The lettuce is gone, but we’ve had snap beans and our sunflowers are now blooming! Check out the growth in one week’s time!
Jonathan, Annie and Molly and I went to the park one morning after dropping David off at the library to volunteer for an hour. It was a beautiful morning and the ducks were so friendly! We brought lots of bread and it was quite the adventure. Fortunately the kids are big enough to outrun the Canadian Geese that can get quite aggressive!
Jonathan spent some birthday money and bought a tire swing which he and Annie (and Molly and David!) have been enjoying in the late afternoons.
In June, we were able to watch our children excel at yet another piano recital. They all really dred the recitals, but they do shine! This was Emily’s last year taking piano. Earl and I have given her the choice to continue or not and she has chosen to take a break for awhile since her school load is quite heavy and she is wanting to do some more volunteering. David is actually really motivated right now to grow in his piano skills and so he will be taking Emily’s place and taking lessons every week now.
We invited some very fun friends to go letterboxing with us one day. If you have never heard of letterboxing, look up letterboxing.org and learn all about this very fun and FREE adventure!
Here we are at the head of the “trail”. We had to follow clues which would lead us to a box concealed somewhere in this wilderness sanctuary in which we would fine a stamp that we could stamp our journals with and a guest book which we could use our own personal stamps to let them know we found their letter box.
If you look REALLY close, you can see it hidden below.
We’ve had one day of swimming so far at Grandma’s pool. The weather has been somewhat chilly here lately and it won’t warm up until mid-July and into August. We’ve also been to the beach once.
Years ago, Grandma bought the kids swim suits from Lands End and they lasted a long time and were so comfortable and modest! But last year, they had seen their last days and needed to be replaced. We found Jonathan’s new suit at Walmart (so nice to see him in something other than green!) and we found board shorts for the girls at Old Navy on sale in the BOY’S department. Nice! We found shirts to match at Walmart and they LOVE having new suits this year! They feel very comfortable in them!
We are not doing swim lessons for Jonathan this year as it just takes up so much time and last year seemed a little stressful for him. With Emily’s driving class this summer, we decided to spend what time we had just having fun in the water at Grandma’s or the beach. Boy, does this kid know how to enjoy himself. He’s just an all around happy little guy!
Emily just finished up the class portion of her driver’s ed last night (Whoo Hooo!!!) and so now we just need to finish her behind-the-wheel time and her practice hours. Earl is doing a super job taking care of her practice hours now that she has been ok’d for surface streets. And Emily is doing GREAT! She is learning quickly, feeling more comfortable and confident all the time and taking all the teasing with a great sense of humor.
(What I love about the above photo, is that this might be true for most dads, but not for Earl. He truly is so relaxed with Emily and is so encouraging and patient with her. Boy, am I ever grateful to have him as a partner in this parenting adventure!)
Molly and Annie and Jonathan are attending a VBS in Orange at some friends’ church. It is very impressive and the kids are having a blast. I can tell that a lot of time has gone into preparing for this week and a lot of energy is being put into pulling it off. And even the staff is having fun! It definitely takes the youth of a church to pull something like this off and I can tell that the parents are also so involved. It has really been fun seeing this church pull off such a ministry and our kids are being so blessed by it!
Molly is volunteering in the recreation department with a friend and Jonathan and Annie are attending as students.
I’ve been spending my mornings at the library working on school stuff this week while they are at VBS.
Alright. It’s back to the school work. Until next time . . .