date with John dates with kids annual summer solstice sunrise hike and campfire kayak twice play tennis long run stargaze twice learn to identify 5 weeds I don’t already know start learning the latin names of my perennials (because if I’m really a gardener I should know this!)
- start some root cuttings
Swedish Mid-Sommar festival bake angel food cake and homemade ice cream sandwiches with the kids
- work on an arbor for our grapes
monthly family adventure
Without a doubt, watching my kids in the Swedish Mid-Sommar festival was my top highlight. The boys (with their blond hair) were recruited for carrying the banner in front of the dancers, and Hannah performed folk songs (in Swedish) and dances with the group. They all wore costumes, of course, and the whole experience brought me so much joy. It made me realize how much I love cultural events and how important they are. This folk dance is all young people, so the tradition will continue; it has meaning and fun for them. It’s not just older people straining to keep a tradition alive. More than my kids learning ballet or jazz, I would rather them have this real experience of a living tradition. That’s just me, but I loved it! And they can’t wait to do it again next year.
We turned a corner in family adventures and can do family bike rides now! With two kids that are confident bikers and two in a bike trailer, we are unstoppable. We discovered that all of us can do the 5 mile loop by our house- it’s gorgeous, we wave to the neighbors and say hello as we pass, and everyone enjoys it. For now, we’re sticking to that loop because we’re building confidence- I wouldn’t want to push to far and have the kids think that I’ll ask them to do more than they are capable.
This month I knocked off two of my goals for the year in visiting a dairy farm during milking (awesome and so interesting as it was a totally different system than the dairy we visited last year) and attending a talk by a local author. When I made the goal, I had a different author in mind- I didn’t even know this author existed- and it was a talk that even the kids enjoyed.
This week as I started my walks with the little boys while Hannah and BenBen are in swim lessons, I felt like I had reached my peak happiness. :) These two months of morning walks are something I look forward to all year. We haven’t gotten into the groove of evenings at the pool yet, but overall the summer routine is lovely.
I am still intermittent fasting. I’m still doing my idea lists. We have running club once a week and we’re starting a troop of Frontier Girls and Quest Boys (alternative scouting program). I feel anxious to do some crafty projects, but that just isn’t happening right now. I keep thinking I’ll find a window of time for them!
From the bookshelf…
- Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
- date with John
- dates with kids
- kayak twice
- play tennis
- bike once a week
- long run
- stargaze twice
- check out Canada day celebrations
- make from scratch smores (homemade marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers) and strawberry shortcake with the kids
- make gelato
- monthly family adventure
Do you have fun plans for the 4th of July?