Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Highlights of the Week

It was the last week of summer vacation for adults in our family. Smarty and I made it back from the East Coast on Monday. Our flight was delayed 3 hours in New Jersey due to a humongous thunderstorm, but we got lucky and still flew that day during a short opening between two weather fronts. We only had two days to recover, then we packed and headed off to a Family Camp.

San Jose Family Camp

Every year families from our street coordinate a several days trip to San Jose Family Camp. Last year, we joined them for the first time and Smarty had a blast. I love the camp, because meals are included, and I don't have to think about what to cook, when to do it, or how to keep food cold. There are a lot of activities and a lot of freedom for kids to do what they please, and our groups had dozens of kids of different ages. Smarty's best friend and his father joined us this time (they came for 2 nights, we stayed for 4), and Smarty loved hanging out with him. Too bad that Smarty and her best friend are on very different bio schedules - he is a very early riser and puts himself to bed at 9 every night. Smarty is a night owl who naturally goes to sleep at around 10:30 and wakes up at around 9. Smarty was upset that her friend is missing campfire, and he was upset that she was not available to play at a crack of dawn, but otherwise the trip was perfect.

What My Child Is Reading

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I am happy to start sharing my favorite sci-fi authors with Smarty. Several years ago I stumbled upon Connie Willis and enjoyed her Doomsday Book. I wanted Smarty to read it, but we needed a book available on Kindle for our trip to family camp, and this one was not available for lending from our library as a Kindle book. So I decided to try Blackout another of Connie Willis books that got great reviews and Nebula/Hugo awards. It's set in the same sci-fi framework of British historians traveling back in time, this time to the time of WWII. Smarty was so taken by the book that she was missing on some camp activities because she wanted to read. Now she can't wait for the sequel - All Clear.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty and I went on the night walk organized by camp staff. The night was moonless, and a clear night sky without light pollution was simply gorgeous. We all got to see several shooting stars, and Smarty was beyond herself with excitement and joy. Of course, we made a wish, but I am not going to tell you what it is or it won't come true :)

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How was your week?


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

All four of my kids go to bed at 7pm every night! It is hard at multi-family events like this - they are genuinely exhausted around 7pm and a lot happens after then!

Ticia said...

Ha ha ha ha ha, so smart not to tell what it is, it'd be terrible if you caused it not to come true.

We are struggling to start back into a routine, the kids are not happy.