Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer 2017...begins

Most of our summer thus far has been readjusting to a new, slower pace. And swimming. Lots and lots of swimming. Interspersed with arguing, kvetching about fairness (or the lack thereof), chores, yoga, reading, tennis, flute, piano, more arguing followed by tears and slamming doors, gardening and laughter, movie nights, friends and kayaking.

Until the past few days, it's been cool enough to have the windows open day/night. Bella was a very happy kitty.
I've managed to get out twice for kayaking with the ladies on Thursday evenings.
 Many times we are the first ones on the beach after the guards arrive.
Every Friday the guards do "Fun Fridays" with a different activity. At this one it was color your own bandana.
The girls are getting much faster with their kayaking which makes going out with them more enjoyable for everyone.

Both girls passed their swim tests so that they can swim to the far docks again. Lucy completed her 6 laps in 4:25 and Kate completed it in 5:33 (the test is 6 laps in 6 minutes from dock to dock with no stopping). They were pretty tired afterwards.
With that feat accomplished, I am allowing them to kayak by themselves around the island as long as I'm out there. They love the new-found sense of freedom!
Swim lessons have begun. They are working on making their swimming stronger and getting the correct form for the strokes. She's also got them learning to dive off the far dock.

With all the togetherness of the past year, they are taking some time to play alone or with separate friends.

Sometimes though, you still have to go to lunch with your sister. It started out well enough with coloring by the lake.
Waiting for food is so very hard.
And sometimes you just need your own table to be able to eat in peace.
We have been enjoying our first harvests from the garden: tender baby kale and arugula. We are all eating salads most nights now.
Tennis lessons started last week here in the neighborhood. The girls go twice a week and I go once a week with three other women from my book club.

Three girls on a kid's kayak is one too many...
Going nowhere fast.
 And there it is....the goal was really just to fall into the lagoon.

Because adding a fourth girl is going to work....

Their former classmate from Chicago came to visit this past weekend. They, of course, had to let him experience "falling" into the lagoon for himself.

Shia had had enough so Lucy "rescued" him by pulling him to shore.
He was a good sport about it!

It was a great night for a bbq even with all the work going on in our basement...yep. They visited on Sunday, the same day we had the water softener event.

It's always so good when old friends visit!

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