Summer Re-cap...

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Summer Re-cap...
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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 11:30am

There are only a few weeks left! Share how your summer went. Did your kids have a blast? Did you? Any big changes. Just update on life as you know it!

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 12:27pm

DD 14 has not been home much. She's been working as a camp aide at her youth theatre which she loved. She must have made a good impression as they ended up doubling the weeks she was initially offered and given her a position for fall. She took a playwriting course through her school arts intensive program. 2 weeks, 6 students and a university professor who is also a successful screen/playwriter. DD says she learned more about writing in those 2 weeks than she has the whole of her schooling lol. She rehearsed and performed in two fantastic shows this summer and crewed a 3rd. She moved into a new social group with more kindrid spirits and

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 7:55am

Mental image of dragon w/pasta cracking me up!

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 4:43am
Sounds like everyone had a good summer! The camps sound great. I'm don't think there are similar opportunities here - most camps are sports- based. And bigmighty, you must be so proud of your son! I'm really impressed.

My younger DD went to a gymnastics camp for the first week of vacation and it was great. She learned backbend and came home with sore muscles every day. I was afraid it would be too much for her, but her violin teacher commented that she seemed much more relaxed and focused than usual. Dd said she wants to continue with the club during the school year.

Otherwise, we just did bike tours and trips to the lakes until we left for Greece on July 20. We spent a week in Porto Hydra and ten days in Mykonos.. Both DDs speak Greek, though ODD is more fluent than YDD, and it was a great chance for them to use the language. We spent every day swimming and snorkling, basically only leaving the water to eat and sleep. Both girls also read a great deal, and I was particulary happy to see that YDD is becoming a big reader like her older sister.

I bought ODD a book on drawing comic figures and it was a real hit. She used to feel she couldn't draw, but after working her way through the book she suddenly likes drawing a lot. There's now a picture of s fierce pot-bellied dragon attacking a plate of pasta taped on my fridge.

My BIL, a sprinter and personal trainer, did some running training with the girls. He was surprised that gym teachers don't bother to help kids develop a running style (which is a whole 'nuther topic I could write volumes on) and gave the girls a lot of pointers. The girls loved the attention. Now ODD feels much more confident about running and both girls run with me three times a week now.
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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 9:38pm

I forgot to mention something cool - DS was able to raise $1,100 for a children's charity by offering custom lego figs to those who donated.

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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 12:53pm

Well, we got hit with a lot of unexpected expenses for car repairs and home repairs adding up to thousands of dollars that had to be taken out of the retirement account that

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Sat, 08-13-2011 - 8:22am

We had a lovely trip to Cape May in June.

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 11:16pm

Our summer started on July 25. On July 22nd it was still cold enough that we built a fire in the woodstove to warm ourselves up. Seriously ... unbelievably cold and wet spring / June / July. We live in Canada, sure, but we're normally done with the wood stove at the end of April, not July.

So anyway... dd17 had a total blast touring with Canada's National Youth Orchestra. It was her first experience in a full symphony orchestra situation (95 players -- a really big full symphony!), and she loved it just as she had always thought she would. She really liked being on tour and doing the audio and video recording sessions and came home all rapturous over Mahler 5.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 12:55pm

M. has another week and a half of day camp.

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