/1/ This is old news, but sometime at the end of May the kids completed the B&N Summer Reading Program. We made a special trip to the mall (where B&N is located near us) and the kids got their free books. We are a big fan of this free program and plan to do it for years to come.
/2/ Just before we left for Hawaii, Will had his last day at the in-home daycare that he went to. In total, he was there for a year and two months. Back then, we were really happy to have found Lalita (or "Mrs. Lita" as the kids called her) because her house was by far the cleanest and most spacious than all the others. It was also only 2 minutes from our house. For a while, Will was the ONLY kid there and received her undivided attention. But during the last few months that he was there, she started caring for younger kids (like babies to very young toddlers, all girls too) and it really wasn't a good fit anymore. In the end, I think Will just grew out of the daycare, and I am glad that timing was perfect for him to move on.
/3/ Speaking of moving on, the kids started the summer program AT THE SAME SCHOOL on Monday! And so far so good! Sure there were some hiccups. We got a call from the school on Monday afternoon asking us to pick up Anna early because she spiked a fever and had to stay home on Tuesday....and then just as she returned on Wednesday, it was Will's turn. But when they were finally both back yesterday, they had a great time! It was so neat learning about their day. They saw each other on the playground ("I helped Will get rid of the mulch that was stuck in his sandal."). They also saw each other in music class ("I said, "Will! Will!" and when he saw me he said hi."). They also had a fun animal parade and brought home new toys! Will is adjusting to his new school fantastically too. It's all going pretty great.
/4/ Just a side note. As someone who cannot work from home, it really stresses me out when the kids have to stay home from school. I would love to save my PTO for real vacations, not just staying home watching my kids watch TV. We are so fortunate that Luke can adjust his work schedule so he was the one who stayed home this Tuesday and Wednesday. I am curious to know how you handle sick kids and working full time outside of home. Please chime in!
/5/ Summer bucket list...are you making one? I have a few things in my head, but not writing them down because I don't want to feel like a failure if I don't check them off. Honestly I think the kids will have an awesome summer at their daily summer program at school and we will try to explore locally on the weekends. Plus we have two vacations lined up so I think we are good. Cheers to a fun summer!