Saturday, July 7, 2018

Celebrating Independence Day

We celebrated 4th of July as we always do when we are in town - we attended our 4th of July street party. Smarty almost had a full-on meltdown in the morning, because the weather was cooler and windier than usual, and she was worried that she would be too cold to swim and go on a giant water slide. However, the wind died down somewhat in the afternoon, and she really enjoyed herself. We did too - we enjoyed talking to our neighbors and hanging out with our friends who we invited to join us for the party. Smarty was completely exhausted and headed off to bed right after our street fireworks wrapped up at around 10 pm.

Birthday Celebration


We also celebrated my husband's 50th birthday this week. It was a quiet family affair, because we want to have a bigger party later in the year and combine my birthday, his birthday, and birthdays of our two closest friends into one big celebration. We had them over for dinner on my husband's birthday and brainstormed how we can celebrate our 200th birthday. We have some good (but expensive) ideas, now we need to do some research :)

Places We Are Going

Last weekend, we made it to the ocean and went for a hike along the cliffs of The Wilder Ranch State Park. The weather was cool but pleasant, and we all enjoyed escaping our regular life for nature. We have plans to go on short trips a lot more often this coming fall.

First Camp Ends

Smarty's first camp ended this Friday. It was certainly a "mixed bag". An instructor can make such a huge difference in any experience, and Smarty was certainly not pleased with her creative wring instructor. Her living history and drama instructor was good, but she was a little disappointed that they did the same things in drama as last year even though class description looked different. Somehow I doubt that we will be returning to this camp next year. Smarty is looking forward to a more relaxed Steve & Kate Camp next week - it has flexible drop off and pick up times, so she does not need to get up at 7:30 to make it there - a big plus both for Smarty and her Dad.

What We Are Reading

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Smarty said that An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington was very good, so I picked it up as my next fantasy pick. She was right! This book is certainly not a book for a young child, but it portrays a complex and detailed world with well written characters. The book is very long, but I am holding out and not getting Smarty the second book in the trilogy, because I want to read it at the same time with her for a change.

Your Turn

How was your week?

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