Summer rolls on.
In spite of the fact that I am working full-time, I do feel like I'm actually appreciating summer this year. Sure, I've only been to the beach once this year (it's a ten minute drive away), but my kids and my husband have been quite a few times. You'd think I would spend that time by myself blogging, but mostly I have been reading and gardening.
I really hate getting to the start of the school year and thinking that the Fourth of July was just yesterday and where did the whole summer go? I don't think it's going to be that way this year. It is just about the halfway point and I feel like July 4 was quite some time ago. I vaguely recall the parade ending in an ferocious downpour.
Tigger is back at the camp that he loves and I am less than thrilled with. After missing the first week because I insisted he go to baseball, he was greeted at his regular camp like some kind of returning hero. It's no wonder he loves the place. My beef with it is that they let him get away with stuff I think they shouldn't. I'm sure he sees this as freedom, but for my part it is the reason Pumpkin will never be able to attend. So far Tigger has had the nastiest case of poison ivy I've ever seen and had to be put on steroids for a few days and now he may or may not have a (third!) broken arm.
This is Olympic week at the camp. T landed on his elbow the wrong way doing the long jump. X-rays proved inconclusive so the put him in a splint and we are going to have it checked out again later this morning.
We did find a compromise for Pumpkin this year. Every summer the town recreation department runs a "playground program" for elementary aged kids at the school. Though we haven't sent him before, I felt that P had made such progress this year that he could easily handle it. It's only a half day four days a week and it is in a place with which he is very familiar and very comfortable. So even P is having a better summer than in the past.
Today I have taken the day off to go to a Red Sox game with the family. The kids are old enough now to appreciate the fact of being at the game and Piper and I are both working now so we can afford to go. This year we have tickets for two games. The next one is on Piper's birthday in September. It's one of those games that could mean a lot in terms of the team's standing, or it could mean nothing at all because the standings have pretty much been decided. I haven't been following the season as much as I have in previous years. I know they started out badly and have gotten much better since April.
This weekend we are headed up to Maine for what is becoming a near annual trip to Rangeley. We'll make a stop in NH on the way to drop off the dog at my MIL's and possibly meet my BIL's brand new baby. I'm ridiculously excited to be an aunt again. I've been so busy being a parent, most of my neices and nephews have all grown up in the meantime.
I go back to the office Wednesday for a day before leaving for the airport for BlogHer. Yes, I'm going. I'm both excited and apprehensive. That's a whole separate post.
Beyond next week though, who is to say? The rest of the summer might just fly by, and the kids will be back in school before we know it.