Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Summer.  It has swallowed us whole.  We have an entirely different routine and it is fabulous: no school for the kids; I’m with them Monday and Friday; Missy is with them Tuesday and Thursday; and Bridget has Wednesday.  We have summer activities galore, kids growing up in their individual ways and summer fare to boot.  We’re staying up later with the light and enjoying the slower paced mornings.  The kids are playing outside to their hearts content.  They are exploring with a bit more freedom and it feels fabulous to all of us.  We are staying at the pool half of the day, eating Dairy Queen on the way home and crashing with a movie until dinner time.

Grace just finished two weeks of swim camp and can now do all four strokes.  Watching her do the butterfly is so fabulous I can’t stand it.  She jumped right off the high dive at the pool today.   She told me the other day that she was “going to Ursuline to shoot hoops.”  I had to do a double take to see if I had fallen asleep and woken up to a 16 year old.  No worries, she’s still 5 and decided to refer to the end of our street as “Ursuline” or after further discussion, “Ursuline Butterfly Flower” so it wouldn’t be confused with Ursuline, the school behind us.  But still, she’s off “shooting hoops” with the neighborhood kids.

Max has been working hard, under the direction of Aunt Missy, to learn his letters and shapes.  He is doing great with his letters and is identifying almost all of them.  He told me the other morning that his favorite shape was a fireangle.  He didn’t mean rectangle or triangle, but a fireangle: a special shape that apparently looks like two triangles put together.   His learning style is quite unique and fascinating to watch.  Missy is such a creative and engaging teacher, I am sorry we can’t hire her to home school our kids. 

We are in love with summer.  The truth is it isn’t nearly as lazy as in my dreams.  I’m posting this several weeks after it was written and it was never really finished as intended.  Summer has definately swallowed us whole – trips to KC, birthday parties to plan, friends and family visiting, softball games, the library, the pool, the 4th, the heat.  We are so very blessed with a full life.