Happy Solstice day! Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
We’ve got big plans for our summer this year. We’re making a point of going on an actual vacation this year, we don’t always get a chance to travel anywhere during the summer but when we get a chance we definitely take the opportunity. Due to the timing of our vacation we didn’t enroll Mr. Snugglebunny in any summer camps so we’ll also be doing a lot of ‘staycation’ types of activities.
One of the last field trips Mr. Snugglebunny had at school was a trip to the bowling alley with their 1st grade buddies. While at the bowling alley, the manager went around and gave us all postcards about their Kids Bowl Free during summer program. I signed both my kids up immediately since it’s such a great deal. Kids enrolled in the program get to bowl 2 free games every day during the summer and shoe rental is only $1. I think other kids in his class also enrolled so I imagine we’ll be coordinating some play dates for free bowling over the summer.
We’ll also be going to our local library for some of their Summer Reading activities. Mr. Snugglebunny has some Summer Reading assignments to do for his 5th grade class that are due on the first day of school in August. We’re also going to be participating in the Summer Reading program from Barnes & Noble, for reading 8 books kids can receive one free book from a list that they’ve published.
We’re going to keep Mr. Snugglebunny in swimming classes during the summer. He’s moving in to Level V: Sea Lions according to the swimming program he goes to. In that level they work on: stroke Refinement: front/back/sidestroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke kick for distance; diving, treading; and introduction to breaststroke arms and flip turns. He loves going to the pool and getting in the water. It might take him more than one session for the instructor to feel like he’s acquired the skills to move on to the next level but I don’t mind him repeating the level if he’s improving his skills and he enjoys it.
We’re very lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where there are many, many activities that we can participate in. We also have places that are within driving distance, like the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We drove down to Santa Cruz during Spring Break, it was nice to go visit a different part of the Pacific Ocean than we’re used to.
We’ll probably go to the movies a few times as well. We’re excited to watch Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. Luckily, I was able to get passes for an advanced screening of Despicable Me 2. Hopefully there will be other movies we can watch and enjoy. I can rarely keep up with what family friendly movies are being released.
I’m very hopeful that we’ll be able to get to some household projects while Mr. Bubbinsky is off from work this summer. We’ve been talking about changing the wall color in our living room for quite some time now. Our landlord is very laid back when it comes to things like that. His policy is that as long as we are taking care of the house we can make changes like paint color without any problem. I have some other ideas of things I’d like to do, I’m sure Pinterest reflects a lot of those ideas. We’ll see what things are feasible with the time he’ll be off work and managing his school schedule. Mr. Bubbinsky is taking classes at a local university to clear his administrative credential and also to start to lay the foundation for his doctoral degree. In a few years I’ll have to refer to him as Dr. Bubbinsky…
Mr. Skinny is working on weekends and is planning on looking for a job that will give him more hours as well as applying to school to pursue a Barbering course. My grandfather was a barber and I think if that’s what Mr. Skinny wants to do he should pursue it, men always need haircuts.
I am going to continue running, I’m looking forward to another half-marathon on August 4th. I’ll also read as much as I can, I am behind pace to read 52 books this year. I was cataloging some of my yarn stash today and I’m craving more crafting time, so I’ll make a point of that.
My mom will continue with her physical and occupational therapy. We have to continue to be careful with her left shoulder so it won’t dislocate again. After her second dislocation in 3 months they did an MRI and realized that all her tendons in her shoulder are torn and have probably been torn since she fell in 2008. They can’t do a surgery to repair the shoulder so her only option would be a shoulder replacement. After consulting with her surgeon he recommended that she keep her own shoulder as long as possible since that is currently her stronger arm after she had the stroke last year. He did say that he will replace her right knee. She had a total knee replacement on her left knee a couple of years ago and it was a huge difference for her. Her right knee is just about bone on bone due to osteoarthritis, she is in constant pain when she walks and I’m sure that has been affecting how well she feels her mobility is after the stroke. She practically jumped for joy when he said he would be willing to do the surgery. For now, the schedule for surgery is booked until September but they put her name on the cancellation list in case there’s a spot opens up earlier.
What are your summer plans?