Saturday, June 14, 2014

In Our Lives

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Summer has officially started for our family, and we all enjoyed the first week of it. Smarty went to her YMCA camp this week. It’s an easy transition for her, since she goes to the same program three days a week during school year and knows most kids and counselors. Her favorite memory from the camp was, of course, the trip to San Jose Sharks skating rink.

Smart Summer

Vacations-Week-1So far our plan for Smart Summer is working out. Smarty was very keen on earning her computer time, and I had flexibility this week to pick her up early and do something together. She really enjoyed a summer book exchange package and loved making potions outside.

What My Child Is Reading

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To celebrate the end of a school year, we gave Smarty a gift that included Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I read her a couple of chapters to get her interested, and then she dove into it. She read it in one day, loved it and immediately took Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This book, however, spooked her and she set it aside. And it’s not the feeling of foreboding or the thought that Harry might be a Slithering’s heir that disturbed her. It was the fact that characters were breaking rules while stealing ingredients and making a polyjuice potion in secret. I had to take over and read a Polyjuice Potion chapter with her to reassure her that nothing really bad is happening with Harry and his friends despite the fact that they were breaking the rules.

Favorite Memory From This Week

Mourning Dove Couple
Remember the mourning doves couple from the previous week? Their chicks grew and left the nest. For a few days our outside pets seemed to be looking for them, and Smarty commented in a worried voice, I think they left the nest too early. Their parents are looking for them. I hope you will never have to look for me. Well, yesterday the parents came back and started to extend their nest. Clearly, they are ready for another brood. It’s amazing to be able to observe their nest building from a few yards away standing at our kitchen window.

Most Popular Post and Pin

My most popular post continues to be June Books for 2 and 3 years old mostly driven by the same pin. But I was pleased to see that my post on Being an Only Child (the topic suggested by my blog friend Ticia who has three herself) is quite popular too and people are weighing in on advantages and disadvantages of being an only child.   Being an Only Child

Your Turn

How was your week?

4 comments:

Phyllis said...

I am glad that your summer plans are working out so well. (I am sorry, I have to agree with Smarty about Harry Potter.)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I didn't realize that mourning doves would have babies more than once in a single year. So interesting!

I enjoyed your "Being an Only Child" post - very well written!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Yes - the only child post was very thought provoking.

Our doves have hatched - now we're really holding our breath that they make it. Last years babies stayed nearby after they left the nest - and we suspect one of them might be part of our nesting pair, this year.

Harry Potter does nothing but break the rules every year...he might not end up being Anna's favorite character :)

Ticia said...

Now I have to go read through all of the comments on there, there weren't super a lot when I first read it.

I think it's so interesting you've got such a rule follower, my kids love the mayhem in HP, but they're rather chaotic like me.