Highlights of the Week
We had a wonderful 4th of July street party and flew to visit my parents on Sunday night. Smarty is enjoying time in green and wet New Jersey. She spends her time playing, going to the pool with my parents, and reading. She certainly enjoys all the attention from Babushka and Dedushka, and I am trying to “stay out of spoiling business” as she requested me to. Today we are hoping to go to New York City – I used to live in New York and excited about returning there if only for a day.
Independence Day Celebration
Every 4th of July our street throws a big street party – with a water slide, a mini-golf, and a dunk tank, games for kids, and a giant potluck. This celebration turns Independence Day into a true birthday party, and Smarty is eagerly looking forward to it every year. This time we had a lower turnout than usual, because 4th of July fell on Saturday, but it was still good to mingle with our neighbors and watch fireworks together.
Time with Grandparents
For the past few years, we “dropped off” Smarty with my parents and went on “vacation for adults”. This year, however, I “delivered” her to New Jersey and stayed on to work remotely from my parents’ home. This changed the dynamics of the week a little, but Smarty always enjoys time with Babushka and Dedushka. She was happy to go to the pool and park with them, but she also wanted some time on her own to play with many toys that my parents collected for her over years. Interestingly, she played for hours with Barbie dolls and toy furniture – something that she never does at home.
What My Child Is Reading
Smarty raided the library here and brought a dozen books home. But with her reading speed, an average chapter book lasts her about an hour. I was anticipating it and downloaded all 4 books from Unstoppable series from Kindle lending library that is available from our public library. She swallowed three and I asked her to keep the last one for the flight back.