Around the beginning of May I realized that the kids would be out of school soon and all I could think was, “What are we going to do all summer? Last summer was really busy with travel and family coming to visit. We barely had time to get bored. But this summer is different. Because we have been anticipating a move into our new house- but not knowing exactly when that was happening- we didn’t make any big vacation plans. Actually we didn’t have any real plans and at the start of May I was staring at a very blank calendar. I started to think this summer was going to be difficult.
As much as I love the idea of kids running out to play and letting boredom lead to creativity, we currently don’t live in a neighborhood with many kids and almost none play freely outside. My kids will play outside without other kids but they don’t last as long. So I knew we needed to have some plans. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. There is one thing that makes Utah a great place to live with kids- there is always something to do. And there is more affordable things to do then anywhere we have lived with kids (and without, I think).
Our June calendar filled up fast.
Exploring the Provo River Trail
Sam has been playing Little League. He’s pretty good.
What else have we been doing this summer? Sam and Kaitlyn are going to summer school for a few weeks. I wanted Kaitlyn to go to reinforce all the things she learned in kindergarten so she will be ready to start Chinese Immersion this fall. Sam just wanted to go. He loves school and the summer school program has some fun activities mixed in with the reading and math work. It’s only half day and I love not worrying about homework, backpacks, and lunchboxes. Abigail is spending her mornings reading, writing, and sketching. She isn’t allowed to turn on an electronic device until she’s done those things. So far she isn’t complaining.
In the afternoons we have been playing with friends, spending time at the waterpark (super cheap season passes), taking swim lessons, Mike and I have enjoyed a few dates and we took in part of a Rooftop Concert Series night in downtown Provo.
At the Rooftop Concert I loved seeing people taking in the concert from neighboring rooftops as well. We are going to try and make it back to more of these.
I found this guy in Provo and had to take his picture.
Kaitlyn lost her first tooth this week. She was thrilled. And I have made sure to give the kids time to get bored. They have been playing outside together- especially in the evenings. They adopted some snail pets. Then to keep track of them they used tape to label them.
Some of the snails are named Snoopy, Picky, Rocket, and Mr. Cuddles. Poor snails.
Other plans this summer include a short vacation to Wyoming, Chinese Immersion day camps, pottery class, a couple of days at Lagoon, boating with cousins, and there is that moving thing which we now know will happen in mid-July.
The question isn’t what are we going to do this summer, it’s what are we not going to do?