Summer Highlights 2015

Grandma Kc wrote this on August 21st, 2015 32 Replies

It has been a busy summer and I have sure gotten behind in documenting it all! Sometimes I feel like if I don’t have an event to blog about it isn’t worth writing. Then I think about how lucky I am to get to live so close to Amara that I get to do so many non-events! It is this everyday stuff that is the most fun and that I will remember forever.

Amara dumping cold water on her head

Amara took swimming lessons again this summer and I got to take her to her final lesson. I hadn’t been with her to swim class this year and I was amazed at how much she has improved – especially her confidence at diving! She takes her lessons at a private home and students are invited to come and swim anytime the pool is open – forever! Adults are invited to join the kids in the pool, too! Fridays are her favorite day to go as the slide is on and it has ice cold water running down it which of course needs to be captured and poured on your head! I always get in the water but due to hard contacts, I don’t really swim much, besides someone has to take the pictures. We went swimming again last Friday and we are hoping to go at least one more time before school starts.

Amara and her inflated dolphin being hit by a wave

We’ve had fun at the beach with a bunch of our mom friends and kids from school. I think there were 25 kids there. The waves were big, the company and weather were perfect and we had a blast! Amara took the inflatable dolphin I bought her and while none of the kids could keep the thing upright, they had fun trying.

The students attending App Camp

Amara went to App Camp for a week at the University of California at Irvine. One of the Dads from Santiago is also a teacher at another school. He was able to make this App Camp available to Amara, Sophia and some other students as they had seats to fill. The students met at his school each morning at 7 AM and were bused to UCI and back at 5 PM for one week. Amara loved it – especially the cafeteria. We heard all about was the waffle bar and all the other amazing food! It is definitely where she would like to go to school. I was lucky; I got to take her to and from the bus a couple of times, and went with her Mom to pick her up the last day. When we got home and pulled into her driveway I asked, “So, who got the awards?” “Oh, I got one of them – for best user interface.” Kids! That should have been the first thing out of her mouth! Her parents were really proud!

Collage from the Tide Pool Condos musical

While Amara and Sophia were at App Camp Sophia’s sister Celia was busy attending the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Enrichment Program at Santiago. Jenna and I got to go and watch their presentation of “Tide Pool Condos: An Oceanography Musical”. Sophia was a blue tuna and it was wonderful! It is amazing what the teachers were able to do in such a short time and with so many students! I love that they did all their own scenery and costumes! They were all so proud.

Collage of Amara and our bag rooted plumerias.

Jenna, Amara and I spent a couple of days being gardeners! We are having fun “bag rooting” plumeria cuttings from my trees and some cuttings that we have gathered from friends and from the bad windstorm; they were lying on sidewalks everywhere. It is fun to have all three of us out there checking to see how many have rooted!

Amara commandeering Grampy's computer

We’ve had some fun sleepovers, too this summer that included watching movies, making pancakes and trying to take over Grandpa’s computer to teach him Paint! We even went out for dinner one evening, which is something we seldom do. That is probably why it was so special.

Amara and Grampy at Red Robin

Jenna and Justin’s birthdays are only a couple of weeks apart and Jenna’s fell the week before our friends left so this year we combined the birthdays and asked Matthew, Mo and the girls to join us in eating cake! The girls were having a blast being crazy.

Birthday party pictures

School starts in less than 2 weeks. Amara starts 6th grade which means being in the back building and changing classes for every period. Jenna is going to be the new PTA President and is going to do an amazing job and I am going to be there to be a part of it all.

Hope you had a wonderful summer.

32 thoughts on “Summer Highlights 2015

  1. Joyce

    Amara is amazing, and each of your posts describes the reason why! You offer her such a nice balance of structured, educational activities and just simple, relaxing family fun. The same gratification you and grampy enjoy by being close to her is also a significant part of her life too. Unconditional love available at not just one, but TWO houses! No wonder she’s such a super star!
    And congratulations, Amara, on your app award!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      They say it takes a village and Amara certainly has that! Not only does she have all the fun I write about but she is lucky to have her other Grandparents close by and she does get to spend a lot of wonderful time with them, too!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You probably understand this better than many others as you are lucky to have a whole bunch of grandchildren close by. Everyday can’t be a trip to Disneyland but you enjoy every day just the same! I love being there to hear all the details of her first day at App Camp — it is the simple stuff! Makes life good!

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    What a fun summer you guys have had, and please tell Amara congratulations on her award. Now, I’m hoping she’ll come with you on a trip to NH and teach me about apps. 🙂 It sounds like a wonderful summer has to come to a close so that an exciting new school year can rock on. I’ll be staying tuned to hear all about it. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It has been a great summer and we’ve been busy already getting ready for school to start and all the fun PTA things that come with it, too! Jenna, Amara and I all went and got our back to school haircuts last week — we’re ready!

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  3. Sandy Siegel

    What a wonderful summer! I’m so happy you can be a part of the little ordinary things as well as the big, planned events! Both make wonderful memories!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I wish that your grandchildren were all close enough that you could see them everyday. I’m just glad you’re able to make as many trips to see them as you can and that they come and visit you, too!

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  4. KImberly

    Looks like great fun was had by all. Did your summer fly by as fast as mine. Whoosh. Sixth grade. I can’t believe we have sixth grade grandchildren.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      This summer really did fly by and this month has been on light speed! I can’t believe she is starting 6th grade. I’m really glad her school is now K-8 so that she isn’t changing schools yet!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We are having all the fun together that I didn’t get a chance to have with my own grandparents — and I love it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am really going to try and do a better job of posting on a more regular basis. Glad you’re enjoying watching her grow.

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  5. Launna

    Gosh Kc… I love hearing all the awesome and fun things Amara gets to do. I’m happy to hear she has such a good life that gives her so many great experiences xox ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is a lucky girl and I think she knows it. She has a lot of other friends less fortunate than she is or who come from single parent homes — she has a lot of advantages.

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  6. Debra

    Your excitement is evident in every word read! My grand daughter is 2 and I love spending time with her. BUT I am so looking forward to summers you have just described- this was fun reading!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Two was a very good year but 11 is wonderful, too just different. Enjoy every moment as your granddaughter will be 11 before you know it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I used to think that summer flew by when we were kids but I think it goes even faster when you are our age. But we’ve had a whirlwind of fun. Hope you did, too.

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  7. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Ha! I love that Amara won “best user interface” award at camp. SOOOO different than camp awards (or any awards) my daughters used to get. Times have changed!

    Such a fun summer you all had. Lovely photos of lovely times. And CONGRATS to Jenna—and “good luck” too—in her PTA president role.

    You all are so fun… so fun to read about! Best wishes the school year is as fabulous as summer was!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you, Lisa. I am really excited about this school year for me, too! I am going to be involved in even more fun things this year. I can’t wait! Plus it is 6th grade! Changing classes and everything. Where has my little girl gone?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara really is excited about 6th grade. Changing classes and having lots of different teachers is so different. It is going to be another great year I am sure!

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  8. Connie

    You are rite, those times together doing the everyday thing are very special. Your summer was very good indeed.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Simple things like going shopping at Target are made even better when it is 3 generations of us doing it! I am very lucky indeed.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Today is one of those summer days that you wouldn’t miss! It is 101 here at the moment. We don’t get temperatures that high often but I could go without triple digits completely! Thank you for stopping by!

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