How is it possible that we are *this deep* into summer, and it's rolling away so fast, with really only six viable weeks left before Helene is back in school, and we are back at work with no beach and pool in our immediate sight?
Helene's first three-week session of day camp is over, and the second session has begun, and it has flown by. We've already been on one whirlwind trip to the Vineyard for the Fourth of July, we haven't been to the pool or the wading pool park nearly enough, the weeds in my gardens are too high, the daylilies are almost blown, the Black Eyed Susans are blooming, and it's all going too damn fast.
I feel that we have excelled at the consumption of Popsicles, watermelon, and ice cream, so I've got that in the plus column anyhow.
My other goal for summer is always to be outside! as! much! as! possible! and judging by the fact that I am a shade or two less pale than usual, I am succeeding at that. Biking to work, morning runs, telework days, leaving work early to pick up Helene from the camp bus on the bike - I think all of those are helping. Along with my insistence that EVERYONE GOES OUTSIDE TO PLAY so long as it is not 100 degrees or pouring rain.
Favorite things so far:
-Taking Ajax to the pool and beach for the first time. He absolutely vibrated with excitement the first time he saw the pool this year. He adored the boat ride to the beach on the Vineyard, and sat so still, so alertly, not scared at all.
-Turning Ajax loose with the hose. That is a dream come true for an 18-month old, let me tell you.
-Watching Helene play with her cousins over the Fourth weekend. The three of them played so well for most of the weekend, entertaining each other while us adults sat blissfully on our butts and read our books and drank our wine. Sometimes, age five is the best.
-Seth's 41st picnic birthday party in Lincoln Park. Helene decorated the cake (it was masterful - all the kids agreed), we made gallons of sangria, invited a bunch of friends, and had an awesome time. Seth declares he wants to do this every year. (And so we shall!) Makes me envious of his summer birthday.
(It says Happy Birthday Seth somewhere under all the sprinkles)
-The two perfect-condition, perfect-fitting, designer sundresses that I bought for cheap when I stopped on impulse in a neighborhood consignement shop.
-Listening to Helene read us books at story time. It astounds me to my core, what she can read. Big words! Long words! I swoon.
-Listening to the new words that Ajax says every day. Favorites are when he brings me a book, says "lap!" and plops himself down to be read to. He is obsessed with the neighbor's gentle Siamese cat, who is allowed outside, and who wanders the yards and alley. Ajax goes to the back door, plaintively saying "meow! meow!" when he wants to go look for the cat. Hilariously, he tells us endlessly that the (many) knives in our kitchen are "sharp!", as he points at them. Also hilarious is his use of the word "stuck!" which can apply to a thing actually being stuck somewhere, or to Ajax being "stuck" on the changing table or in his high chair and wanting out. I die when he clearly says "bye" in his tiny little voice, and yesterday, he killed me with a "thank you!"
Only six weeks left, to splash and slurp and soak up the sun and make the light-dazzled memories that will tide us over through winter, until next year.
*puts on flip flops, goes out to grill burgers and buy ice cream and set the patio table for dinner*