Having vacation right at the start of summer already makes for a strange summer, especially since part of summer is anticipation...but this summer just has been all kinds of weird...
Michael is going to school, as his school is year round. He has a summer elective and they get 1/2 days on Friday, but it still means that his morning routine is the same. Which means our routine is the same, really. He is not the only one eagerly awaiting his two weeks vacation at the end of August!
Willow has been to two different summer camps.
The first one ended last week...it was more of a "Tiger Mom" type camp, where the kids had workshops and classes throughout the day. Last Friday was Family Day and we got to see what she had been doing for the last 3 weeks. She had explored science and things that fly...and been part of an actors studio and dance. For the acting--the kids put on a play. In the auditorium of the middle school where the camp was held. On the stage, my bubbly little girl became the shy,stage-frighty girl...she ran crying from the stage. We comforted her and told her all the actors who have stage-fright, etc. She ended up going up on stage with the rest of the class and taking her bow. The bubbly-girl came back in the dance class---she put on her "costume" (they had tie dyed shirts earlier in the class curriculum) and she twisted and twirled and smiled.
For the rest of the summer, Willow will be going to a more "traditional" camp--swimming, field trips, running, jumping, crafts, etc. Already I can see this is more her speed. (Monday, her first day, they went on a hike in the woods, ate their lunches and she met a new friend and they found a tree who spoke to them in a tree language that they made up)
Chewy is working from home, which makes it weird too.
Add in our "normal" mix of anxieties from Aspergers/Teen issues, work issues, home and car repair...it just makes for a strange time.
Not to mention, of course, the fact that I cannot wrap my head around the fact that more than 1/2 of this year is over...that my son is almost 16 1/2, my daughter will be in second grade in September...
I need more beach time! [sigh]