I just read through my summer fun list from late May. Thinking about honeysuckle and picking strawberries reminds me of how long ago that was. And the season keeps going in some ways — my kids don’t start school for another two weeks.
I did pretty well on the list. I did breathe in a lot of honeysuckle, including finding some at the new house that is easily accessible and should provide a lot of June sniffing in future years. We picked strawberries at a local place, and found a nice new-to-us venue about 50 minutes away for peaches and apples.
We did two day trips and also spent a full week in Ocean Grove, NJ, where I did indeed eat ice cream twice, and then did the non-dairy stuff the other days. My husband and I went to a beer garden while we were there. We had tried to go to the beer garden at Longwood Gardens when we took the big kids there for fountains and fireworks in early August but it was so crowded we wound up eating inside.
My 11-year-old and I went to the Cousins Maine Lobster truck again. I rode my bike a few times — by myself in the neighborhood, and on a trail with the family. Maybe I’ll attempt a solo trail ride at some point in the next few weeks. I did run 10 miles, and plan to do so again before summer is out.
I bought a few shorts I find decent. One is a pair of Spanx black Bermuda-length shorts, and the other is a pair of denim shorts with a mild fringe that is also a bit longer. Add that to my two hiking shorts and I have enough to rotate through. I still do not like the way shorts look on my but there is not much to be done about that. At age 42, I am unlikely to suddenly grow longer or differently shaped legs.
We did survive our resort trip in early July. I think survive is the right word as there were a lot of sleep disruptions necessitating 4 a.m. stroller walks and other trip issues. But we did have some good memories of diving/snorkeling, and there was a nice massage in there and about 15 minutes of poolside relaxation with a drink, so there we go.
I did Mommy Days with all four big kids. This involved three trips to Hershey park (and a lot of funnel cake) and one trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Four days is a lot though we did have fun. I went on the sooper dooper looper three times this summer and now own the T-shirt to prove it! “Eating out more often” — another item on the list — is unclear. My husband and I did make it to a date night at a Mexican restaurant last night, though, so that was a nice break in the week. The big kids have requested a dinner out before school starts. I will try to make this happen.
I am enjoying our current house — sitting on the porch when I can, taking the kids in the pool some days. I don’t think I have soaked in the tub all summer though, so I should probably do that one night (I haven’t been reading as much — also trying to stay off the phone as the news is just so depressing — and puzzles don’t lend themselves to tub relaxation).
We have plans for the first few days of September — squeezing one last little jaunt in. And I finished a draft of Tranquility by Tuesday.
I’m thinking through the kids’ camps for next summer. There were some surprise wins. I knew the overnight Boy Scout camp for the 11-year-old would be an adventure, but who knew that the 9-year-old and 6-year-old would be so taken with a half-day pottery camp they could do together? The 9-year-old also landed a starring role (Jane) in a theater camp production of Mary Poppins and that was so fun to watch her throw herself into learning her lines and songs. The 14-year-old did a week of a rather intense tennis camp at Penn and I’m proud of how well he handled being a beginner there in a camp of a lot of … non-beginners. He also now thinks he wants to go to Penn, which would be awesome both as a goal to aim for as he starts high school, and if it happened, since it’s so close!
The older boys had nothing this week, which meant a lot of sleeping until 9 a.m. and then being on their phones all day, so I instituted “Camp Mommy” — an hour of required stuff to get back into the things that hadn’t happened yet this summer. This included school-assigned math packets (14-year-old), practicing an instrument that hadn’t been touched in months in advance of school band classes starting up (11-year-old), running 20 minutes per day (both), reading 20 minutes in the Spanish version of Harry Potter (14-year-old; honors Spanish is not going to be easy…) and (for the 11-year-old) practicing baseball. He’s gone to the batting cage twice and threw a ball with me, but I’m terrible at it, so I’m not sure how helpful that was…
I’ll likely post a fall fun list in a few weeks. I do have some things planned, though much is in flux. I thought I would be doing a lot more work travel for various speeches, but in the last week or so I’ve had three events cancel or go virtual. We shall see. In the meantime, we’re almost halfway through the bushel of apples we picked last weekend. I’ll need to figure out an apple sauce recipe I think, lest they go the way of our donut nectaries (which went bad before we could eat them all…)