Monday, June 4, 2018

Okay Summer, Here We Go

Dear summer, I've missed you.

I am ready for a full on relaxing couple of months. Bring on the grilling, the sprinkler, the Netflix marathons, the hot evenings at the ballpark. I'll take it all. We've been out of school for just over a week, but we made an unexpected trip to Ohio and just returned yesterday. And it has finally hit me that I can slow down a little bit. 

Because things have been slow here on the blog, I thought I'd catch you up on what we've been up to the last few weeks.

On Mother's Day, I knew I wanted to do something outdoorsy with the boys, but it was supposed to be in the 90's that day, and I just couldn't think about going out for a hike. We've been wanting to take the boys to Finger Lakes State Park for a while, ever since someone told us about the water trails you can do by canoe or kayak. We decided to head out first thing in the morning so we could get out on the water before it got really hot. 

If you want the details on how it works, click here.  It cost us $10 total for 2 hours on the lake. We opted for a canoe that we could all fit in. Kayaks are a little bit more, and I think we'll probably do that next time. The whole set up was really easy to navigate, and the man who helped us at the park office was so nice and helpful. 

Here are the boys all excited before we got the boat in the water. 

And here they are terrified after the boat got in the water. They were seriously holding onto each other for dear life. We had to talk through all the scenarios of "what if the boat tips over" before they finally calmed down and relaxed a little bit. By the end, they were splashing water on us and moving all over the place (to the point where I was the one getting nervous about tipping over).

We had a fantastic day on the lake and will definitely be going back. We did it in about half of the time they estimate for the trail we took, so next time we know that we can slow down a little bit. 

The boys finished off the school year with a bang. In typical fashion, their last week was filled with park day, field day, and award ceremonies. Also ceremonial to the end of the year, we had the daily dump of the back pack with all the papers, folders, notebooks, and art projects that somehow lasted until the end of the year. I wish I had stacked up all the stuff I threw away before I actually threw it away - just so I had a visual of it. Of course I'm a sucker for anything they write or create, so there's a lot of systematic storing going on too. 

So Lex is on to third grade - a new building! And Eli will be big man on campus in the second grade at the Primary. I'm so, so proud of them both. They rocked this school year. 

On a particularly gorgeous evening, we took the boys to the driving range. We were the only ones there, which was really nice. 

Eli hit a few balls but lost interest pretty quickly.

 Lex, on the other hand loved it, and worked really hard at it. And then he asked if he could take golf lessons. I guess we'll add golf to our year round rotation of soccer, baseball, and basketball. Why not?

 Later that evening, we had the season's first camp fire. The weather and the sky was perfect!

We also made the season's first s'mores AND saw the first fireflies of the year! There were just a few, but a good sign that they are coming soon.

Nothing like a burnt marshmallow sandwiched between graham crackers. 

Over Memorial Day weekend, the weather was scorching hot all weekend long. And yet I just couldn't resist getting outside. We headed to the trail at Turkey Creek. It's a really fun trail that I wrote about a while ago here.  There are markers throughout the trail that indicate types of trees and landscape features in the area.

We all brought shoes to walk in the creek. We got off the beaten bath and used the creek bed as a shortcut.

We saw tadpoles and frogs, pools of minnows, lots of squirrels, and even a swarm of butterflies! I've never seen anything like it. It was a great day to be out.

 We have already had plenty of adventures to start the season, but now that school is done, we cannot wait to have more! Happy Summer!

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