I know the official day isn’t until tomorrow, but I’m working tomorrow, so we celebrated this evening. Another year, another cinnamon roll! :)
There is a summer camp for everything. And this summer, we discovered the camp of our dreams. Parker has been at Lego Camp all week and has loved every minute. Personally, I think that building Legos for three hours straight would be torture, but for him, it’s just a good start. He has a slight obsession/addiction for Legos, and since they are somewhat educational, I generally let him build as long as he wants (or until I step on a mini-fig). Here are a few highlights from his awesome week…
The four of us got to hone our babysitting skills this afternoon, and I have to say, we run a pretty top-notch operation. In all of the times that we have gotten to babysit Sabrina, she has never fallen off the bed…
or poked an eye out…
or choked on a grape.
She always learns the latest dance moves.
She has been taught which pony is Twilight Sparkle, which one is Rainbow Dash, and which one is Fluttershy.
And while we occasionally watch cable…
She has never been exposed to anything containing violence or adult content.
And finally, she always receives proper Jedi training in skill, dexterity, and attunement to the Force.
Several weeks ago (before it got blazing hot), we had the privilege of being photographed by Angela Crutcher. She was running a fabulous spring special, and I jumped on it immediately. I have admired her work for a long time, and it’s nice to switch sides occasionally and experience the process as a client instead of a photographer. I knew she could get shots of our family that I could never get using the tripod/self-timer method, and I thought maybe my kids would be less goofy with a total stranger than with me (I was wrong about that part, but it turned out okay). The coolest part was traveling to her parents’ field up in Robertson County. I was sooo jealous of her location! (If my parents really loved me, they would buy a super cool field for me to shoot in like Angela’s… hint, hint.)
Our big Disney trip has sadly come and gone, but we have blisters on our toes, sunburns on our necks, and tons of pictures to help us remember our five magical days at Disney’s Kidani Village. Our balcony looked over the savanna, and we could always step out and see zebras, giraffes, ostriches, and some horned cattle creatures that looked like yaks (I don’t think they were actually yaks, but that’s what we called them). We walked all over the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios – and lucky for us it was Star Wars weekend, which meant strange-looking people were everywhere! Here are some highlights of our trip.
I love these folks. This is Parker’s karate instructor. He is gentle with the kids and tough at the same time. He is teaching Parker how to focus, how to be respectful, and how to defend himself against a bully. Parker is learning self-confidence and self-empowerment, and if he’s ever in a cage fight in Vegas, he’ll at least have some basic skills.
This is Torin’s piano teacher. For the past year, she has come into our home every Monday afternoon. While she and Torin are doing the lesson, I am usually in the kitchen starting supper or helping Parker with his homework. She recently told us that she has taken a full time job teaching Chinese at a prestigious private school, so she will no longer be giving piano lessons after May is over. My heart immediately sank when she told me, because we have grown quite attached to her. There is something about having someone come into your home… the setting is much more intimate and you grow attached to the person super quickly.
I love both of these adults because they genuinely care about my kids. They challenge them, encourage them, and inspire them. I know that Torin will have other piano teachers in the future, and Parker may or may not be in karate forever, but for this stage of their lives, I am thankful to have them around such positive influences.