Summer is nearly at an end and I am ready to sing praises to that! It has been physically and emotionally taxing to have everyone home, especially with the littlest two. Some days we're able to just have fun and other days it's as if everyone is at each others throats. Space and individual activities will bring back the loving feeling .... I hope!
We had lots of friends come and stay with us this summer. Sometimes it was just an overnighter, other times it was for a few days, either way, it was a great diversion for my older two while maintaining a schedule for the youngest two. We played at parks when it was cooler, hit the Glendale Rec water park when it was hot and even had water balloon fights in our backyard.
Friends from Snowflake came with their two boys and one girl. Isaac was in heaven and Keila could practice being the nurturing older sister.
Our only trip was out to Snowflake to visit the same friends that came and saw us. It was a welcome relief from the heat and I LOVED the fact the children played outside so much. We took a small hike up on the Rim. Eli had to work his core muscles hard with the uneven surface and Keila had a little ladybug friend land in her hair.
Ever the teacher - I had them take art classes, a nice counterpoint to swim team.
We had cooking lessons and it was so successful, I'm planning on it again next summer. The older two are now ept at making egg and cheese burritos, cheese quesidillas, grilled cheese sandwiches and the Hawaiian favorite of musubi. While they still require supervision, my hope is to have them practice enough that by next summer we can add 4 more things to their repetoire!