I really can't believe our summer is coming to an end! We're ready. The kids are ready (whether they know it or not) and I am VERY ready. But I have to say that even though there have been moments of insanity (multiple moments each day) overall, we have had a good summer. A great summer actually. I spent some time planning out our summer before it started by signing the girls up for several camps and creating a bit of a schedule for us and that was HUGE in our success. The girls had a chance to develop new skills and new friendships, the kids and I spent lots of time playing together, and Kole enjoyed a three hour nap each day. Win win for everyone.
Here is a mini wrap up of the fun my girls had at their camps this summer...
First up was Ellie's Junior Lifeguard camp. Two weeks of afternoons spent on the beach learning about ocean safety/life, playing games, doing exercises, snorkeling, and just having fun in the water. It was her favorite camp by far and a new summer tradition for sure. Addison can't wait until she is old enough to join her sister in the waves.
Another favorite of Ellie's was 'Clay Creations' where she created clay masterpieces each day. She was so excited to bring home everything she made and give it all away to our family. She had made special pieces for each one of us. A bird for grandma (who was visiting at the time) a strawberry for Addison, a shark for daddy. Cause well, what would look cooler in daddy's office than a slightly jagged blue shark? Not much I tell ya.
She only made one thing for herself - a dog of course. Which is good since that's the closest thing she's getting to a real dog for a very long time. And she made a turtle for mommy with green feet. Because mommy loves turtles and the color green. That I do. :)
While Ellie was busy sculpting and painting, Addison spent a month in a Kindergarten prep camp. Aside from having a blast, she got such a great glimpse into life as a Kindergartner by singing, painting, playing, learning to listen and raise her hand. She almost learned everything too well and started raising her hand at the dinner table each evening when she wanted to say something. I loved it. The school teacher in me busted out and I almost instigated a new "raise your hand at the table" policy. Kole unfortunately ended that idea before it started.
I'm anxious to go through all of her creations to decide what will go in her scrapbook, what will be displayed somewhere in the house and what to toss.
And so did little brother.
The show was captivating enough to keep this little guy strapped in the entire time.
That is saying A LOT.
And Kole had a front row seat with the beverage of his choice.
**Ellie and Addison - I love the two of you so much! I know that you will soar next year in Kindergarten and Second Grade. I'm so excited to see what else is in store for the two of you! Great things for sure.