Sunday, July 15, 2012


In our lives. It was the last week of Anna’s Y camp. The program exceeded all our expectations, both in quality and in how much Anna enjoyed 5 full days of camp. She really enjoyed hanging out with older girls, watching them do crafts, listening to their stories of sleepovers and playing board games with them. Apparently, she was well accepted into their circle as a “fun little sister”. Of course, there is the other side of hanging out with older kids – Anna started to copy some undesired sassy behavior that we are trying to nip in the bud. This week, however, she was mostly back to her normal self, except being a little sad about leaving her friends behind. She is excited about her Mad Science camp next week thought, and we hope that she enjoys it as well.


Special events. Yay! Anna passed her swim test at Y, and she is super proud of herself. She will still do two weeks of daily swim lessons in our pool to get better, but we are happy to see that her progress. This week the theme in the camp was “deep ocean”, and Anna went to a field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium and had a visit from a Marine Animals Show. As I said, Y summer program was fantastic, and Anna is already planning to come back next summer.


Toys and games. Usually Anna spends her free time reading, but one day this week I picked her up relatively early, and she spent an hour building “a turtle house” from Legos while I was going through her closet gathering clothes for a garage sale. This lucky turtle also got a personal swimming pool and a lot of toys to play with.



Quote of the week: Anna watching a spectacular sunset with me: You know, mama, I think that a famous dead painter is up there painting pictures with God. He is so good that the picture is changing all the time, and it’s also different for different people.


Joyful Learner said...

Yeah for Anna for passing the swim test! K has been playing a lot with Legos lately too. So weird that K had said something similar along the lines of God painting the world when she was younger.

I diversify the ages of kids K plays with so she learns to nurture younger kids as well as learn from older kids. I'm a bit choosy about the older kids she plays with for the same reasons you've mentioned. She learned to model appropriate behavior for the little ones because she's had the benefit of older girls who were nurturing themselves. I'm now amazed at her maturity for caring for younger children. It's a bitter sweet feeling because she would have been a wonderful older sibling!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a fun sounding program - how neat for Anna!

Debbie said...

After reading all your posts about the Y program and how much Anna is enjoying them I had to see what ours offered. I am so glad Anna has enjoyed this program. It does sound like so much fun.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It sounds like she has had wonderful times at the camps she has gone too!

Sarah said...

I love Anna's turtle house!

Ticia said...

She's going to love Mad Scientist Camp I bet.

Ticia said...

I bet she's going to love Mad Scientist Camp.

MaryAnne K said...

What a lucky turtle!

I love Anna's elaborate headgear, and her sunset quote is lovely.

RockerMom a.k.a. Jennifer said...

Wow, the painter comment was really, really deep. How cool!

I need to look into Y programs around here. Congrats to Anna for passing her swim test!!

Thanks for sharing!

Christy said...

I look forward to hearing about her science camp! Collin went to Audubon Society camp this summer and loved that. Reagan did a few days of basketball camp (stunk) and is looking forward to a week of field hockey camp (this camp has great reviews!) and Tyler has football camp this week. A lot of driving around for me!

Kelly said...

Good for her passing her swim test! Her quote is adorable as usual.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days