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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.