1. Going Climbing
We took advantage of good weather and went to our favorite State Park last Sunday. Everything was lush and green after March rains, and Smarty enjoyed climbing rocks and exploring the trail. I hope that we will get back into the routine of going places on weekends when Smarty's tech challenge ends in the end of April.
2. Mama-Daughter Day
I took a day off on Monday to have a "Mother-Daughter Day" with Smarty. She was eagerly looking forward to it, since it's been a while since we had our last special day together. We went to a nice park first and had a picnic there with her favorite food (sushi), then went on a hike and stopped by Target for much needed clothes shopping. At home, we baked one of Smarty's favorite desserts - Mexican brownies. Smarty was super happy and grateful - I am glad that she can appreciate a gift of time when I am able to give it to her.
3. A Dentist Visit
On Tuesday, both Smarty and her Dad had a dentist appointment. It was way overdue, because my old insurance did not include our dentist, so we ended up not going for more than a year. Luckily, everything checked out fine - Smarty diligently brushes her teeth twice a day and has no cavities.
4. A Day at the Zoo
On Thursday, Smarty and her Dad teamed up with our best friends who also have an only child (5 years younger than Smarty) and went to San Francisco Zoo. Smarty has not been there for a few years and had a blast. Her younger friend adores Smarty, and she was happy to play a role of a big sister... for just a day. She often says how glad she is to be an only child and how grateful she is not to have any brothers and sisters.
5. Tech Challenge
Smarty also invested some time this week into her Tech Challenge project. To be honest, I am very frustrated with her team and their adult advisor, and I don't believe that they will be able to finish in time for a grand finale in 2 weeks. But at least she completed her part of improving on a car that actually drives straight and powered by a tape measure. The original car was built by another team member, but it turned out to be too heavy, so this is a "lightened up" version. By the way, Smarty designed the wheels herself and printed them on our 3D printer.
Overall, it was a nice and relaxed week. Smarty is a bit sad about the need to go back to school for two more months - she is very eager to put this year behind her. As far as I can tell, everything is OK in school, she is just... bored and does not feel like she belongs. I am really hoping that she will enjoy her future school a bit more.
How was your week?