I don’t know what I was thinking, but I scheduled a lot of stuff for June. We have been running almost nonstop from one activity to the next. While June was jam packed, I had almost nothing on the calendar for July. Now that July has just started, that is changing quickly.
Besides loads of baseball games, Sam and Kaitlyn have been attending summer school all month in the mornings, spending time at the Boys and Girls Club on some afternoons, and taking swim lessons in the evenings (when there wasn’t baseball games). We also have been going to the local water park at least once a week.
Abby has been getting up every morning Monday through Friday and going to swim team practice. It has been great for her. She was nervous about joining swim team but she loves it now. She isn’t the most competitive swimmer but she likes to go swim, she has met new friends, and she likes getting up every morning in the summer and going somewhere. We carpool with a couple of other kids on the street and she likes that too.
She swam in her first swim meet this month. She is in the middle in the picture below. She was swimming in a 200 meter medley relay and doing the backstroke.
On this particular busy Saturday we picked her up from the swim meet and immediately went a couple of blocks to downtown Provo where the Utah Valley marathon was ending. The kids were signed up for a Fun Run 1K. Abby was also signed up but we let her off the hook since she just had been in a swim meet.
Po Panda was getting them all excited to run. Poor guy had to be stifling in the heat. Kaitlyn was once again thrilled to get a new medal when it was all over and then they got Creamies to cool off. Good deal. We signed up for this months ago because the Marathon organizers awarded money to the schools with the most kids signed up to run. The whole thing was free including the shirts and food so why not.
After the race we jumped in the car and went to Park City for the afternoon. I’ll post those pictures another time.
The third week of June Abby headed off to Camp Big Springs for a week. Camp Big Springs is for all 5th graders in the school district and it’s located up Provo Canyon. Her school went with a few other schools that week. All I got was a picture when we dropped her off where they were meeting to head up to camp. They were throwing all the sleeping bags and other luggage into big trucks. The school buses took the kids up almost all the way. They make them walk about 2 miles into camp.
Abby got into the same tent as most of her friends. Her 5th grade teacher was there too but she was in the staff tent. They slept in old Army tents on wood platforms so there were about 20 kids in a tent. The camp is rustic. There are no showers and no flushing toilets. After 5 days Abby said she had so much fun but she really wanted a shower.
Even though she took her camera she didn’t take any pictures. She said she was too busy. And I’m sure she was. They had science lessons, looked at bugs, went on a 5 mile hike up the mountain, climbed through the stream, and there was a zipline. Every night they sat around a bonfire, sang camp songs, ate smores, and put on skits.
I wish I took a picture of her when we picked her up. She was laying in the grass on all her stuff. She was dirty, sunburned and exhausted. In the car she told us she is no longer afraid of port-a-potties. She also told us about the rat that got into her tent, giant ants, the great taste of the spring water there, and all the butterflies everywhere. Sounds like a perfect camp experience. Well it might have been perfect if there were showers and toilets.
Sam was so jealous of Abby all week. Finally Mike agreed to camp with him in the backyard. We didn’t feel too bad for him since he gets to go to Camp Big Springs in two more years.