(re)capturing the fun & wonder

Slow days of summer

We are slowly settling into the slower pace of summer, and I am doing my best to keep it from getting frenzied. A tough balancing act, I tell you.

Our local library has a great reading program for kids where they each sign up and commit to reading a certain number of books, and at the end of the summer they’ll win prizes. Miss M signed on for fifty books, and B is up for thirty. It’s just a week into it and they are both well on their way to their goals. She with mostly Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Norse myths. He with Franklin, Dr Seuss, and anything Pokemon. We’ve been visiting at least twice a week, and I’ve also been letting them pick out movies which is a Big Treat for these guys.

Right next to our main library are the community gardens — they are stunning this summer! Full to bursting with color and wonderful smells. One plot-keeps has even created an outdoor room complete with green and growing "walls" — it’s incredible, though we haven’t dared to enter for fear or trespassing. We’re hopeful to show up one day when they are at "home". Just outside the gardens is a lovely apricot tree that is dripping with fruit this year. Sometimes I have to question myself… am I taking the kids to get books, or am I secretly hoping the apricots will finally be ready for my greedy fingers to pluck?

I sometimes often regret having let our plot go when I was pregnant with the Little Guy, but I know it was that one thing too many that makes everything else suffer.

In addition to our little Library Camp, we’ve been getting to the pool pretty much daily, and I’m organizing weekly get-togethers at local parks and events for everyone and anyone who’d like to join us. I think in my fear of over-scheduling our summer, and my worries about this stupid job hunt, I’ve been over-cautious with my scheduling, but for now it’s working (and I’m afraid to jinx it).

How’s your summer coming along?