it has been both a slow and busy summer. max attended a week-long dinosaur camp at a local science museum called, GWiz. he loved it! the teachers all agreed that he could easily teach the class for them. i think he enjoyed being in “the know” about how to pronounce all the different scientific names, knowing whether they were discussing a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore, and in general just sharing information that he is passionate about to a group of his peers.
max & bella are both growing like weeds. there was approximately three months between visits to the pediatrician and within that span of time they both gained height and weight!
we’ve spent a lot of time with friends, too. this summer will go down in history as being the first year max has spent the night at a friend’s house and had a friend stay the night with us. an old highschool friend of mine, actually not just any highschool friend but my old teen BFF, recently moved back into town with her husband and two children. her and i still share a connection and our families instantly blended well together. we have had many days and evenings in their company just laughing, hanging out, watching movies, eating food, and going on outings. their close friendship [both in proximity and spirit] has been a welcomed change from being isolated in this small town where nobody wants to live [including us].
a friend of mine, T, and her two girls are living with us for a little while. they are in transition between careers and homes and hal and i were more than happy to have their company during this time. T’s daughters are two and seven years old. our home is filled with love, laughter, and a real sense communal living these days! after 6pm, when we are all home, the energy is high and exciting. after 9pm [or so], after the kids get into bed, the energy is low and chill. some day, when i look back on this time in our lives, i am going to remember fondly all this goodness filling our home and feel all warm and fuzzy about it.
for an extra few dollars on our last visit to the tampa zoo, we bought a yearly pass. we’ve only gone once this summer, but i’m sure we’ll make it at least one more time before school starts and then more often during the cooler months. this zoo is so large we have yet to walk through all of it!
i decided to wait to start planting in my garden until august. so now i have to till/turn the land again! but that’s okay, i’ve got plenty of hands to help me this time around.
the weather is oppressively hot here, making it just miserable to be outside for any length of time unless there is water to jump into. max and bella do not like going outside during the afternoon unless i take them somewhere [playground, beach, pool]. the slow parts of our summer are both relaxing and dull. the kids are still young enough, and their temperaments are as such, that they have not started complaining of boredom. instead they do different activities to entertain themselves [surprisingly it’s not always the TV they turn to!]. i feel extremely lucky that max and bella get along as well as they do and hope their closeness lasts a lifetime. i like that i don’t constantly have to “keep them busy” by scheduling every day with activities. i love that they find creative ways on their own to keep busy. for me, taking a break from my schooling and not having anything else to focus on is sometimes rough. if there are too many days in a row that we don’t leave the house or have company, mama goes a bit stir-crazy. lucky for us those days have been far and few between. and thank the stars for the internetz keeping me informed and updated on worldly happenings!
for the most part i am enjoying the slow times and fun time equally. i have only the rest of this summer and next year to enjoy these long lazy summer daze before i hit the ground running with full-time school. max is going into kindergarten in august [OMG, less than a month!] and is very excited about it. i’m taking two classes, both at night, starting in august. bella will be home during the day with me as we are forgoing preschool this year to save a little money [VPK will be free for bella staring August of 2011]. hal is still an awesome librarian and holds down one full-time job at a public library and one part-time job at a private college library to support his little family. his days off from work consist of spending time with his family, resting, and swimming in my in-law’s pool.
all in all, life is good. hope that all is well in your world!