Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The mid-point

Summer is just about half over.  Seriously?
We've only been to the beach 3 times!  For real!! 
But we've been having many adventures and a whole lot of fun. 
And I cannot give enough praise for the fabulous weather we've been having.  Sure I'm a little tired of watering the gardens by hand due to our shortage of rainfall, but I love these pleasantly warm days and cool nights.  I'm no fan of HHH - hazy, hot and humid. 

As we turn the calendar Friday to August, its always about this point that I start to think about the fall and the "new year" before us (the school year always feels like the real new year for me).

I'm working through my list of summer projects.

I'm planning for our new year of home school (more on that later)

I'm thinking about our schedule of activities - which committments we'll keep and which we will let go of.
The best, no frustrating, no best part of it all is that my computer is D.E.A.D.  (I'm hijacking my husband's computer at the moment)

It started to go early on in June, and I limped along with it until it was no longer possible at all.  The disappointing part is that I can't work on (or post any) photos, and so that means I can't take any photo jobs at the moment.
But I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom from the screen.  From the incessant need to check the computer.  From the soul-sucking draw of unproductive hours cruising the internet.  I love reading blogs, but this summer I'm reading actual books!
So for now, I have only these photos from my iPhone to post (why am I the only person in the world who can't seem to take a good photo with her phone?)

Someday I'll be back - maybe at the end of summer. Who knows.  For now, we're too busy just enjoying.

Saturday, July 5, 2014 and furious

Its July 4th already!

My mom always said that summer starts with Memorial Day weekend and ends with 4th of least it feels that way, especially here in New England.  We wait and wait and plan and plan. Then summer is upon us and we're very busily - and happily - doing it all!

June was particularly busy with lots of fun activities. 

We finished kindergarten!!!

Then we went up to our beloved Eagle Camp for 5 days of "work week" in which campers help get camp in shape to open up for the season.  We helped wash all the furniture, secure the tents, build a sandbox, and work on some storage lockers. Oh - and Thomas helped drive the tractor.
The days were hard work, but relaxing at night by the camp fire while watching the sunset was splendid.
When we arrived home, we had a VERY exciting adventure to Gillette Stadium (aka - home of the Patriots) for...
Thomas has been into monster trucks since about age 2 1/2 so this was an adventure long awaited and anticipated....and it did not dissappoint.
First we attended the Pit Party to meet the drivers!
Then we tailgated - with friends we literally bumped into.
then it was on to the show....

On our "down days", Thomas can never get enough backyard baseball
Yesterday we finished up Vacation Bible School and then Thomas and daddy went to the beach from 4 til 8:30pm!!!

We have an ambitious Bucket List again this summer and can't wait for more fun!!

Bring on July and August!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I am a dance mom!

And a darn proud one!!

As you may or may not know, 
Thomas has been taking dance class 
each week since September.

  "Hip Hop for kids" 
he will emphatically inform you.

Never in my life did I think when they pulled 
that baby boy from my womb that 
I would be a dance mom. 

 I had a boy...not a girl.

Shame on me for stereotyping!!

But now I've experienced 
the thrill and excitement  

  and heart-swelling pride of watching 
my boy up on that stage 

in his dance recital,

after 9 months of practice and hard work.

And he NAILED it!!  

Beaming smile and all!

Yes, I cried.  
And so did Daddy.

 Because I don't think 
I've ever been so proud of him....


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baseball is a BIG kids sport

don't you think? 

Maybe because we skipped T-ball.  
(It was for ages 4-5...way too young in my opinion) 

We knew Thomas couldn't
handle the downtime. 

But now he can...
and so, his baseball career has begun.  

And man is he happy...
and focused!

Still working on teamwork and sportmanship, 
but I'm telling you.....

this first practice & game went about 
1000x better than we expected. 

Did I mention he is HAPPY?!