Today was our last night of a 30 day pool membership and I feel like I am mourning the loss of summer…or maybe just the pool. We have three full weeks of summer left, but it feels like the first hints of fall are in the air.
But since I have not blogged in a couple weeks, I want to back up. Week #8 of summer was a unique week. My husband and my oldest were on the other side of the country in Philadelphia with a small group from our church. They helped with a camp “our sister church” puts on every year. It was an amazing experience for both of them. It was very strange having a full week with only my younger two, but I bonded with them as well. We went swimming every single day.
Our main reason for getting a pool membership is we all love to swim. I always envisioned spending hot summer days with my family at the pool or the lake even before I had kids. Since we don’t live near a lake anymore like we did back in our Michigan days, this is the next best thing. My son began the summer hardly being able to hold his head above water. He was still wearing arm floats or a life jacket at the beginning of the 30 days.
The unstructured swim time was much needed. He can now jump off the diving board without a life jacket on (which he was terrified to do only two weeks ago) and swim to the edge. He can swim underwater and we’re working on floating on his back and blowing bubbles underwater…he will be back in structured swim lessons in a week.
My oldest has progressed in her diving. I am finally figuring out breaststroke and am not embarrassed to swim it when I swim laps with my friends. The best part was quality family time which made the membership worth every penny.
While my husband and oldest were away, the younger two enjoyed lots of free play time. My son taught the youngest to play Stratego. They play the board game version and then they go outside in the backyard and play their own reality style version and they are the Stratego pieces. It is quite entertaining.
I am thrilled they have not outgrown Little People yet because I have fond memories of playing Fisher Price Little People as a kid.
The husband and the oldest came home very late on a Friday night. The following Saturday I went on an 80’s cruise with friends from my mom’s group. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday. I think dressing up in the 80’s attire was almost as fun as the whole cruise itself.
I love that this group is adventurous and will try these kind of events. Going out for coffee has its place and we do that too…but getting a little crazy once in awhile helps keep things interesting.
The cruise went from 11 PM – 1 AM. I was home shortly after 2:30 AM. I have not stayed up this late in a very long time and it took me a couple days to adjust to the lack of sleep…I’m getting old.
Week #9 of the summer was a very busy week for my husband. After being in Philly and getting caught up again…and getting ready for two full weeks off. He still managed to take the kids on a walk to get Slurpies.
It was wonderful to have the full family together again…
The highlight of my week was taking three of my middle schoolers and one adult from our church rafting on the Deschutes River. I had not whitewater rafted since 2001 when I took the youth group I was leading at the time to Tennessee. I loved being on the river all day.
I only fell in once and we were not in a rapid. We were playing a balancing game our guide led. We all climb to the back of the raft and he pulls a rope putting the raft in almost a ninety degree angle. We have to be still and not make sudden movements. On Attempt #1 two of my middle schoolers moved and took me and the guide in with them. Attempt #2 we were successful.
Originally we were going to camp two nights, but unfortunately my co-leader broke his tibia while in Philly the week prior. It was too late of notice to find another adult to replace him so we turned into a day trip instead. It was still well worth it.
This past week which would be Week #10 is the husband’s first week of vacation. It was the staycation week of the “vacation.” Normally during staycations we take a break from “people from church” not because we don’t want to see our friends…but pastor families need alone time. This week we saw quite a few people from church and I even worked on church projects which I swore I would never do when he’s off from church work…but I felt totally OK about it. I enjoyed it. For pastor’s families, I think so much depends how tired and exhausted you are from church projects, issues, or people. Right now I don’t feel as tired.
We played street hockey Wednesday night with friends from church. This is something we’ve done every Wednesday night when we are able since June.
Every Thursday night in August, our local running club hosts “cross country nights” at a local park. They have four different races for kids and adults. There are some very elite runners there–kids who can do 6 minute miles. There are many running families who have kids that compete year around and travel out of state to meets. We are not that family and never will be. We just don’t have the talent to compete at that level and I am totally OK with that. We love to run. We do it for the healthy benefits, the mental strength, and the time spent together. My younger two did the 500 meter and did very well.
My oldest did the mile run. I timed her at the track two weeks ago and she did about a 13 minute mile running the whole way. I have no idea how to compare this because I never ran a mile at age 8–we just didn’t do that kind of distance back in the day. I remember running my first one in seventh grade and getting 8:37.
Because she ran with elite runners, she started very fast. She almost quit because she could not breathe. She stuck with it anyway and shaved two minutes of her time and got down to 11. I didn’t care that she was one the last. I was so proud of her. I’ve learned with athletics is not to try to be the person or family that you are not meant to be–but still push hard and do your absolute best. Set goals and try to reach them.
The younger two have gone to VBS all week at another church and the oldest attended a Christian theatre camp. It was her second year attending. She got more of a main part this year and loved it. They did Winnie the Pooh and she played the part of Christopher Robin.
Now it’s on to vacation. Then a full week. Then the following week I start child care already…just easing into it with one child here two or three times until school starts. I haven’t done any back to school shopping yet. I am still in denial.