I’ve noticed the last couple of weeks that it’s really REALLY hot, and that I’ve been struggling to post anywhere near five times a week. Combined with the fact that my lil’ heart is in year-round school and only gets six weeks of summer, and we are down two of those weeks already, I’ve decided that I’m not going to stress about posting this month. She’ll be back in school August 1st, and until then, I want us to have a fun, schedule-free summer. I will be posting over the next four weeks, just not on a schedule or five times a week! There, I feel better already! :)
We got a new addition to our family this week – my daughter got her very own kitten. It’s been about 13 years since I’ve had a baby animal around the house – most of ours are rescues, either from the shelter or from being a stray, and they weren’t babies. This little guy is just now 9 weeks old, and he’s the cutest thing (maybe ever)! He’s bonded with her and cries when she leaves him sometimes. Not always though – sometimes he’s asleep!
She was walking out the door to go play and he stood up and started talking to her. She came back and this is what he did.
Because it’s so hot here right now, doing fun stuff outside has to be done before the sun comes up or after it goes down – which really limits available time. I was planning on starting to run this summer, but I’m afraid I’d have a heat stroke less than a block from my house. Also, I’m not really good at running, so I need all the help I can get. The sun beating down on me at 8am isn’t considered the help I need.
I recently discovered a 5K called the Color Run. I really want to do this, and while I’ve done several 5K’s, I’ve never run one. I would like to run this one – or at least run part of it! They have some awesome videos of the Color Run that really inspire me to be involved. Although the race that I want to participate in isn’t until mid-August, it’s still one of my summer goals to train/prepare for this.
We also made a list of other things we wanted to do this summer – we didn’t factor the heat in when we made the list, so some of them we haven’t even attempted. We have picked wild blackberries and made a cobbler, but other outdoor things (including running), we haven’t done yet. We are going out to do A-Z photography – we each will have a sheet, and as we drive around (or walk or hike), we will take photos of random things to check off of our list – “A” might be an airplane, “S” might be the big artsy snails in our downtown square.
We also want to go back to the Crystal Bridges Art Museum (we’ve been twice already – see some photos here), paint pottery together, volunteer at the library and a local food bank, play games, read, nap, bake and have movie marathons. I recently introduced her to the movie “A League of Their Own”, and she loved it! Of course we want to see new favorites like Brave and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.
As you can see, we have a lot to do in just four weeks – our agenda for today will include volunteering at the library, sharing a Midnight Truffle Blizzard from Dairy Queen, a bit of reading and math (to stay ready for 3rd grade), and I’d like to teach my lil’ heart how to play Bunco. Who knows what tomorrow’s plans will be, but I’m thrilled to be spending all day with her!
I will be posting soon with my thoughts (what some people call a review) about Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness, which I loved!
I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I know it will fly by!