Recapture the summer

This summer seemed to last forever while in the midst of it, but as Fall weather creeps in a little early this year my perspective has changed.  It feels such a short time has passed.  Where did all my grand ideas go?  Weren’t we going to go swimming everyday?  How about bowling every week?  Hikes?  Playdates? I am sure we did some of what we planned but not nearly as much as I had thought we would.  There seemed to never be enough time not energy to do it all.

To recall this summer seems like a fruitful idea to me.  What did we do?

To kick off the summer: June; B. and his Friend Tim attended a Dungeons and Dragons event at a local gamer shop, while T. and his friend Ben swam in the local YMCA pool.  The next week T. was dedicated to the UU church and we attended a wonderful theater production at Hanger Theater, “The boys who could Talk to Penguins”.  That same weekend I and T. attended out first Spin-In Fiber Fest at the Black Bear Winery and checked out his horseback riding camps Open House.  The Third week in we celebrated my birthday and B. and T. and I, had a fun trail ride.  Every weekend we have tried to attend the Farmer’s Market at Otsingengo Park.  For a month or so, every monday we attended a Spinning/Fiber group.  The fourth weekend started of our week with a Recorder Recital by several homeschooling families.  B. was surprised when he was given the task/job of animal sitting for our Ministers family for two weeks.  Daily we traveled there to feed the animals.  The proved very fruitful for B.  T. that same week had a fun playdate with the Chens.  Every Wednesday we tried to attend our homeschool Playgroup that was strategically placed near large masses of water. 🙂  The end of June arrived with broiler chicks arriving in the mail and Homeschool Paperwork due to the Local school disctrict. 

July:  Started out with a yummy Tex-Mex Potluck.  Then off to MA we went.  Missing a Hanger Theater Production of Pinnocio was a bummer, but the boys had a great time with their father.  I met up with family and freinds that I hadn’t seen in what seemed ages.  The next week started with our first organized summer activity: Archery class.  That was super fun and ran every Sunday through mid August.  B. and a group of his friends spent an entire day playing D&D, while T. and Piran got to go to the big movie theater to watch WALL-E.  We spent the next day picking Raspberries with Grandma Adams and the evening with out 4-H club.  The next day T. got to have fun at a playdate with Ben.  All the third week T. was at Horseback riding camp.  The week ended with a big mandatory County Fair Grounds clean up day.  We attended the Summer Program of Religious Education almost every Sunday, in which I taught a few sessions.  The next week was extremely busy as B. was attending Kopernik Science Center Camp from 9am to 3pm daily and we had to show our Chickens at the County Fair.  That weekend ended with Chicken baths, Judging, ribbons and Rides.  I still feel like I haven’t receovered from that week. 

August:  First thing, S. left for Tennessee for a week.  That same day I was having a Potluck with the theme of Berries.  We spent to entire day picking blueberries and the evening eating all sorts.  The next week we attended out last 4-H Cluck Club Meeting by making Flan and exchanging pictures of the year.  We attended our second production at Hanger Theater, “Charlottes Web”.  Yeah Steve’s Home!  The third week consisted of a big Birthday party for the boys friend Avery,  an all day playdate with Piran for T. and another all day playdate with the Raynes, then swimming at Cole Park.  We even snuck in a dentist appointment.  Now we are up to date.  This week we plan on attending Les Miserables at Hanger Theater, going to playgroup, the Farmers Market, and possibly a Library run. 

Throughout all the summer happenings B. had Tae Kwon Do three days a week, I had a small group ministry meeting once weekly, Daily feeding of my Goats and Chickens, maintenance of my overflowing Garden, random visits with folks and a few lectures attended, preperation for schooling 2008-2009, reading books galore, a few new purchases, and some fun Ice cream runs!

We were busy but I guess I thought we would be more structured this summer.  We had fun times and hard times, but overall I say it was a good summer for all.  I hope it doesn’t end on such cold weather as we are having currently.  A few more days in the sun would be nice, especially for my tomatoe plants in which won’t ripen if not for some warmer days ahead. 

Going through my summer like this was fun and not as hard as I thought it would be.


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