Tomorrow is Anya’s school registration, so even though the summer temps will hang on another month or two (more, if we’re really unlucky), the season is effectively over for us. Which is both good and bad. It’s been a full summer. A good summer. But I’m worn out and ready for a change of pace. The kids are, too.
I’m thinking next summer we need to dial back the extracurriculars just a bit.
Anyway, I did a lot this summer that I haven’t really talked about much on this blog, so I thought I’d recap those things before we move on. Plus, this will help me ease back into weekly blogging, as I haven’t written a blog post all month aside from recipes.
How does your garden grow?
All the peas died. From the bottom up. I let them hang on too long, thinking the pea pods might ripen before the vines died, but I was wrong. My beans aren’t doing too great either. And one of my rosebushes is looking sickly; perhaps the lawn guys accidentally hit it with their weed junk? I don’t know. But my other rose bush is rocking. My petunias are going crazy, though they desperately need a good weeding. My iris (I think this is an iris) actually bloomed this year. And my potted plants are hanging on by their fingernails.
I have plants I did not kill, and I am proud.
Are the fish still among the living?
Astonishingly, yes. And huge. The lady at the booth where we won them told us to feed them a pinch of food every three days, and had I done that, they’d likely have stayed small. But they may also be dead by now, so I have no regrets. These big, fat fish love me. (And R, and anyone who’s ever given them food. But mostly me.)
How are those sweaters coming?
I have half of the back of Anya’s sweater done; we’ve been on the go a lot, and also business picked up. But I’m hoping to jump back into it in the coming weeks. (It’s not like we will need sweaters for a few months.)
How go the diet and exercise goals?
I downloaded an app called Aaptiv and am working my way through the 30-day free trial. So far I have sampled some body weight exercises and some yoga and stretching routines, and they’ve both kicked my butt…but I’ve worked out at least 10 minutes per day since I downloaded it, with an average of 30 minutes per day, so there’s that.
I’ve also gotten the fam back into Pokemon, so much walking is taking place, heat be damned. (Gotta catch ’em all.)
In a surprise plot twist, I appear to be sensitive to gluten. And almonds, and oats, and possibly other grains. Me, the person who as a child was crushed that “grainatarian” wasn’t a thing. So that’s been interesting. I’m currently on an elimination diet (and already so very tired of rice), but expect more recipes in the coming weeks as I slowly figure out what the heck I can eat.
Any goals you’ve been able to cross off your list?
I brush and floss twice a day now. I wear sunscreen on all exposed body parts daily, and double up when I’m going to be out for long periods of time — I’m even putting sunscreen on my scalp. (Only took two sunburns to get me to this point. I have a strong family history of skin cancer, so this isn’t simply vanity on my part.) I have an honest-to-goodness skin care regimen for the first time in my entire life. I’m keeping the house fairly clean and tidy. As I mentioned, I’m exercising for roughly 30 minutes every day, and am working my way up to doing both yoga and strength exercises daily. I set up an independent savings/retirement plan — nothing big, but anything’s better than what I’ve been saving these past couple of years.
How was Camp NaNo? What’s the current word count?
I didn’t win, but I never thought I would. Current word count: 12,051.
Read any good books lately?
YES. I jumped back on the Atwood bandwagon and blew through The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam in about 2 weeks. Love her. Though I still say Oryx and Crake was the best of the three.
Did you check off all your summer to-dos?
We put up the pool and played in the sprinkler. We went to the zoo and the Botanic Garden and the Dixon gardens and the Children’s Museum. We ate snow cones and made homemade ice cream and had a cookout. We blew bubbles and played with sidewalk chalk. The kids took swimming lessons. Anya went to nature camp. Kai played t-ball. Both kids took dance lessons. Anya had sleepovers with her Mimi and Poppy. I grew flowers, and tried to grow a kitchen garden. We spent an afternoon at the splash park. We attended birthday parties and pool parties and went to the drive-in. We went bowling and had family game nights and caught fireflies and looked at the stars. We played Pokemon past our bedtime. We napped on the couch. Yeah, I think we pretty well covered summer.
What was the best part of the summer?
Setting fun goals and checking them off. I always include fun things on my to-do list now — they’re just as important as changing the furnace filter.
Tell me your favorite Anya story from this summer.
Anya showed an amazing leap in maturity when she selected a toy she really wanted as a gift for a friend’s birthday party. And she was the one to explain to Kai why neither of them was getting a toy that day. I’d braced myself for an argument that never came. Those are the best kinds of arguments.
She’s grown so much this summer, really. The tantrums are fewer and further between, and she’s become such a help to me around the house. I’m beginning to see the young woman she will someday be.
And your favorite Kai story?
This summer took Kai from a baby to a little boy. He can speak in (mostly) complete sentences now, so we converse rather than merely communicate. He took swim lessons, and was able to tell me when he didn’t want to go back. (He didn’t care much for the instructor…and frankly, I agreed with him.) He requested dance lessons, and still dances around the house. He learned to play Pokemon, and is actually pretty good at it. He’s figured out how to defeat the babyproofing on the fridge, the toilet, and the doors. (That’s been fun.) And potty training is coming right along. I miss my baby desperately, but I love my little boy.
How are your parents doing?
Good! Mom didn’t get a clean bill of health from her infectious disease doctor, but she was able to come off of the antibiotics for her MAC infection. She’s not having many bad RA days as of late, either. Dad had his hernia surgery and is recovering nicely. Overall, they both are feeling a lot better. Anya’s even had a couple of sleepovers.
In addition to school, this month brings Anya’s birthday, and the fair. Anya will start art classes and Girl Scouts once more. We have a bit more summer to squeeze out before fall (otherwise known as the best season) gets here. I’d love to take a quick weekend trip, but we’ll have to see how things shake out.