Saturday, July 18, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Grandparens-New Jersey
On Monday, we sadly said “Goodbye” to New Jersey and to my parents and flew back to California. Smarty loved the stay and all the special attention from Babushka and Dedushka, but she really missed her Papa, since she never traveled without him before while she traveled plenty of times without me. Now she is making up for this time without Papa – they are having their annual 2-week “staycation” while Smarty is attending swim classes. I didn’t have a chance yet to see her progress in swimming, but my husband is pleased with her progress, and he is not giving praise easily.

American Museum of Natural History

Last Saturday, my Mom, Smarty, and I boarded a train to New York City and spent a day in the American Museum of Natural History. Smarty certainly enjoyed the museum, especially a special exhibit called Life at the Limits, and The Rose Center for Earth and Space. She had a very interesting space science unit in her third grade in school, and she told me at home that she wants to change our science exploration at home from chemistry to space. Hmm…. I have to think of what we might do there.

Russian Bath

You would think that American Museum of Natural History would be the most memorable experience of this trip for Smarty, but it lost to a very unique field trip to Russian Spa and Bath. Russian sauna is quite different from dry sauna that many people are familiar with from gyms. This particular bath (or banya) was quite luxurious with different types of saunas. My sensory seeker adored a wet steam room that had taps with icy cold water all over the room. She was quite willing to try venik treatment – I find it difficult to describe what venik is but the Wikipedia article at the link makes a good effort explaining it. We spent good 5 hours in the bath (conveniently, they also serve food there), and Smarty was very reluctant to leave. She said it was way better than a water park.

What My Child Is Reading

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan was recommended by The Imagination Soup, and Smarty really enjoyed the story. The book is long, but Smarty is a very fast reader and finished it in about 3 days. At home she returned to her favorite Foxtrot comics and to Roald Dahl books in our library. Roald Dahl is one of her favorite authors, and she read every book by him from our local library.

Favorite Memory of the Week

It’s a tie between watching fireflies at my parents’ deck in New Jersey with Smarty telling me that she is going to remember it forever and watching her happy reunion with her Papa.

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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Sounds like your going to have to pull out all those rocket experiments you mentioned in your space post :) Smarty is having so many interesting and varied experiences - I hope she remembers them all.

Ticia said...

Congrats on the post being shared by Goldy Blox.

I'm now intrigued by Russian baths.

Phyllis said...

I have never heard of Russian baths before. Very interesting! Sounds like she is having a great summer.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

My Russian brother-in-law LOVES saunas, but I have never been to a proper one. Given that I dislike warm temperatures I have my doubts that I would like one.

JL said...

K is enjoying Echo right now.