Another school year has flown by. I was not very good at documenting it on the blog (meaning I did not post at all), but I really want to get back to being consistent about blogging. I do miss it and have written multiple posts in my head. Too bad nobody can read my mind 🙂
The kids did quite well this year managing school with sports and other activities. School has always been a priority and that’s the message Brian and I made front and center. I think, overall we did well with not overscheduling but sometimes it felt like we had a bit too much going on, and it is great to have some breathing room and a less packed schedule during the summer.
So here is an attempt at cramming an entire year into one post, realy just hitting some highlights to remember.
The girls each did great with their recital pieces. Piano is a lot of hard work, both for the girls to do the actual practice time at home and for Brian and I to make sure it happens. If you have a child taking music lessons, I am sure you can relate. At times it’s been a source of major drama and frustration but for us it is one activity that we ar not willing to compromise and let the girls drop it because they don’t feel like keeping it up. And at the end of each year they deliver an amazing performance and feel proud of themselves.
Sonia was in Theater Arts this year and ended the year with a peformance that was very low key but nice. She is the one in the blue dress. This was her first year in Theater and she did enjoy it.
Phoebe was taking ballet lessons once a week throughout the year and that’s one activity we are all happy to put behind us. She did not hate it but was not passionate about it either. I am glad we gave it a try, and she was a trooper for finishing the year.
The day of recital was beautiful, perfect for taking pictures outside. I think, she was glad to have it over with though. The recital was held at a facility on the other side of town on a week night and it was a scramble getting there and back. Seemed like too much chaos and not enough of the actual ballet experience, which I noticed is a common theme with local dance studios.
Ethan was on the basketball team at school as well as an additional neighborhood team. He has a great coach and most of the boys have been playing together for a long time so they are getting really good. He is continuing with this team thoughout the summer.
The kids celebrated the end of the school year with a picninc in the middle of the kitchen. I expect more indoor picnics — in Texas it is impossible to actually eat outside in the middle of the summer unless you are by the pool or a lake. Speaking of which…
The pool is open for the season. Phoebe has been waiting very anxiously for the day to come. We started swimming lessons, meaning me teaching her how to swim. We’ve tried paid lessons a few times when she was little but they didn’t stick for one reason or another. Now she is big enough to follow my instructions and is very proud of her progress.
It is a family tradition to go to Krispy Kreme for dounts to celebrate the end of the school year. I am not a huge fan of donuts but look forward to it every year. Part of the fun is the donuts themselves, with their huge selection of flavors. Another part is, of course, the conveyor belt with the donuts being made in front of your eyes. Unfortunately, this time the belt was not running but the donuts were still as good as always.
Now the summer break is in full swing with days filled with work (Brian and I), summer camp (Phoebe), and baking cookies, pool, lots of basketball, reading, and house chores for Sonia and Ethan.