And I am clinging to summer with grim determination. We are starting back to school at (fairly) full force on September 1, but I am pretending that that date is not looming. I have enough of a roughish idea of what we are doing to get started on, and, Lord willing, once we actually start I will be filled with passionate enthusiasm for the whole learning/teaching thing. If not, faking it works too.
The pictures here are a hodgepodge that give an idea of what we've been doing.
These are the brownies that Katie made for the Kate Campbell concert we were given free tickets for. She was lots of fun, and the reception, afterwards, in the church hall, was very nice. Katie's brownies were a hit, which was great, and Katie enjoyed Kate Campbell's stories about how she had started singing and writing music with a ukulele (Ed is currently on the lookout for a second hand ukulele, which Katie says she wants to learn.
Cats. Harry is still wicked.
Travis. Panda Cart (though the panda is no longer actually in a cart) is coming nicely.
Katie has been leaving me poems, either at my place at the table, to find at breakfast, or on my desk. I think she is incredibly gifted.
Katie's very marvelous, amazing cousin (Ed's niece) sent a surprise gift (gifts, actually). This was the first part.
We went to the local pool. Hardly anyone there, which is the way we hermits like things.
And here Katie is opening the second part of her amazing surprise gift...
Did you wonder what all those chocolate bars were for? Katie sure did! I let her open and share a couple of the KitKats and Reeces cups, but I made her wait, though I wouldn't tell her what for, to open the Hershey bars. They are now transmongified into delicious chocolatey daleks and TARDISes.
Today we meant to go back to Virginia, to Hungry Mother State Park, but there was a miscommunication and it turned out that they only have very short beach hours this late in the summer. Too short to be worth the drive. So...
Ed found us this wonderful pool/recreation area in Mount Airy! Closer to home, and, aside from the lack of a walking trail and my favorite ice cream store, quite perfect.
And both kids climbed more stairs, thanks to this slide, than they do in months at home! There were only a couple other people there, and they had babies, so Katie and Travis had all the slides, diving boards, and rope swings to themselves. The place was a bit pricey, by our cheapskate standards, but we definitely got our money's worth!
Me. Ed cut my hair. It is still a mess, but there is less of it, anyway.
Afterwards Travis treated at the Dairy Queen. That is a happy expression, if you can't tell.