When I said that you might not hear from me for a while, I didn't think that I would be disappearing for the rest of the summer. Well, the first half of the summer was spent without a car, with two stir crazy kids confined by heat and a poorly designed public transportation system to the house / local park / backyard paddling pool / supermarket (which involved a less than a mile walk, but you would have thought that it was a death march with the way that the kids were complaining. Ok, it was hot, but I'm pretty sure that the one carrying the shopping while dragging along two kids had the worst end of the deal...). Then the second half of the summer was spent rushing around trying to squeeze in all the things that we missed out on during the first half of the summer.
By the way, I love that the cities around here put on free concerts and movies in the park during the summer. One group of people had set up a table, with a table cloth, napkins, fancy meal, dessert and wine at one of the concerts. What a great way to dine.
So what did we do this summer?
My parents visited and we went camping.
My friend visited and we went sightseeing (although, if you ask me, I'd advise steering clear of many of the local sights).
We did a bit of time-travel.
Then checked out how the big boys play it.
We made sandcastles.
that turned out nothing like this.
There was lots of courage displayed at swimming lessons.
There were busy days.
and then there were quiet days.Summer holidays have come to an end now, though. The swimming pool and wading pools are closed. My son calmly started first grade last week (it was his mum who had first day butterflies). My daughter goes back to preschool next week (she's disappointed that she's got to wait another year before she gets to go to kindergarten). I'm back.
Translation of the day:
UK English: holiday= vacation in US English
UK English: bank holiday or public holiday = holiday in US English.
American publishers have marked a lot of special dates on my calendar, but not all of them get you a day off school or work. I'm still trying to work out which ones do. Do we get a day off on Columbus day?
Ooh, I almost forgot. Talking of calendars: I'm in one! Well, to be more precise, my pear pincushion pattern is in it. The calendar is a collection of simple sewing projects - two a week, I believe. I had no clue what to expect, so I was really excited to get my copy. Some really talented bloggers and sewers have contributed projects to this calendar. I feel very intimidated by the company that I've found myself in.
I hope that those of you in the Northern hemisphere enjoyed your summer. Take care.