It took us a week or two to get into gear for summer vacation. There was a lot of getting used to a new routine and understanding that we had to accommodate everyone's needs. But after our trip to MN, a trip to western SD, and some fun days at home we are in the groove.
The older kids had 3 weeks of swimming lessons and a soccer camp that met two hours a week for girls and two hours a week for boys. Needing to be at the park at 8:30 AM each Monday through Thursday was just what I needed to get in the summer fun mindset. We had our bag packed up each morning and were ready for where the day would take us. Now they have 3 more weeks of swimming lessons and we'll be done with summer classes.
We've already had several trips to the library, children's museum, and local playgrounds. The kids have seen an illusionist and we took a trip to the Watertown zoo! It seems that summer days have more hours in them and we've not been letting them go to waste. Papa takes lots of bike rides with the older three and he and M2 have been putting in a lot of time with our gardens. His schedule is more flexible in the summer, which is great. The only thing we haven't been able to do is hit the city pool - we've had so much rain and cooler weather.
They keep forgetting to watch TV. They get so busy playing outside and inside and reading and pretending and doing things alone and doing things together - suddenly it is supper time and they'll watch a show while food is being cooked. It's interesting to see how having more free time leads to them being able to entertain themselves better.
Color Affection wrap.
This was the project I started for our road trips last summer and I've only worked on it in the car. It took a whole year of car knitting! It's super soft and charcoal, light green, and forest green. I need to figure out how to wear it properly. I looked at the finished projects online and it is funny how most are posed like this or artfully thrown over a chair or something.