Ah back to school. It reminds me of that old Staples commercial…
That’s not to say that I’m not sad to see summer go. I am. We’ve had an incredibly busy summer that seemed to end all too early with hubs and I both spending the last two weeks of it sick. Yuck.
Still, we managed to do quite a bit this summer and as always I look back and wish we had done more.
For example we only visited the water park three times this summer. Three times. Of course, the first time we went, we had to leave after 20 minutes due to a collision and a lump the size of a goose egg on daughter’s forehead that needed icing.
The second time we managed only 5 minutes before child#3, did a full body wipeout, complete with scraped knee, rubble embedded chest and bloody nose. And the third time..... crap, maybe we only went twice. That’s even worse.
We did manage to camp twice and by camp I mean, stayed in a cabin. After 4 days baking in the hot sun in a tent last year, we took the easy way out and stayed in cabins twice this summer. Oh and unlike previous summers the weather was excellent both times. The kids were able to swim, bike, roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories and go down a water slide.
We did manage to spend a lot of time in the pool in our backyard.
I did manage to sew mermaid tales for both girls which turned out phenomenally cool. I even sewed a swimsuit for E which while not technically the most perfect sewing job I have ever accomplished, still looked pretty with her blue mermaid tale.
We visited with relatives from Europe and went to a pig roast.
We attended the Fall Fair, ate cotton candy, french fries, fried oysters, and popcorn, did a cakewalk, pet chickens, cows, lamas, rabbits and goats, jumped on bouncy castles, surfed on motorized surf board and listened to great live music.
Oh and rode a pony.
We did a stint in emergency, requiring my five year old son to be held down by two adults while he got five stitches sewn in. Kudos to the doctor, but seriously, could you sew a little faster? I think I strained all the muscles in my shoulders holding him down. See the scar, I'm nice by only showing you the after effects. oh and the dimples on his nose... from the wipe-out at the water park.
We scored a new play house from the neighbour down the street and were fortunate to have to amazing neighbours and a friend who helped us move it up the street.
We saw two killer whales swimming off our coast. This was very cool because it’s pretty rare to actually see them while standing on shore. In a boat, yes. On shore, never. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo as I didn’t have my camera and somehow as great as my phone is, it’s not quite up to that zoom capability needed.
Not to mention the kids participated in two morning camps.. one week of Fun Food and Fitness and one week of Arts and Crafts.
Oh and I managed to convince hubs that it was time for a new phone. I now am the happy owner of the new Samsung Galaxy S III.
Something which I thought was no big deal until a techie friend of mine, who is a diehard Iphone owner admitted to hubs that he was envious.
So this phone which has been somewhat annoying in that I’m adjusting from having used a Blackberry for the past 3 years, has been bumped up in my estimation. Besides, new toys always give me a lift and it’s so rare we can afford them.
What about you?
Did you accomplish all that you wanted to this summer?