I started scouring mainly free and somewhat educational things to do. I made up my list and thanks to Pinterest I found a way to post it for her to see to look forward.
We first started out the summer by cleaning and organizing her room and putting up her list of things to do this summer.
I soon learned that I either had to wait until the day of or right before we got somewhere to tell her what we were doing or I would have to listen to a barrage of "when, when, when" questions. So the day we went to Chuckie Cheese I didn't tell here we were going until she could see it from the car. This was her response:
Do you think she was excited to go? She loved to play in the giant hamster tube but really didn't like any of the games.
We went to Phillips Zoo a few towns over from us one day. When they started to build this park they found mastadon bones.
While I wanted to do so many things with her I also had to squeeze in my summer Philosophy class. So some days we did some things some days we just couldn't.
The last week where we could do stuff just the two of us turned into a dodge the bad weather and squeeze in some fun type of week. We went to the Little Red School House Nature Center where we saw more of you guess it turtles!
Towards the end of the week we were able to go to Brookfield Zoo thanks to a friend who had free passes that we could use. We were able to see the dolphin show and take the tram around the zoo as well.
The one bummer thing that I hoped to go over well that didn't was Monsters University. Ahh. She begged and begged to see it. That's all she talked about. In the end she was scared of the movie. I should not have been surprised since we had to leave Tangled about 20 mins into it because she was scared as well. I on the other hand LOVED Monsters University. So since she was scared of this movie it kinda of killed other movie plans this summer. Oh well maybe next year!
She wasn't the only one having fun this summer. The little one went on weekly outings with her school that they community outings. They went to local stores, watched the trains at the station and even went to a bounce house place. The biggest thing we found this summer was Avery's smile. It's hard to explain but the last few years she hasn't really smiled a lot. She hasn't been happy I think in general. Since going to school she's showing us new skills and using her voice more.
She still loves characters of Arthur and Bryony from Arthur Christmas. I gave up on the itty bitty figurines since she would pop Arthur's head off and I got her these little doll's off of Amazon. No heads have rolled yet but these still can disappear and it's always before bed time.
Waiting for the bus isn't as stressful as it was at the end of last school year. So while we wait sometimes she has fun with the camera:
School starts in about 3 weeks for the oldest and the youngest starts back up at the end of August. Argh. That's a long break for her. Hopefully she won't be to upset by it. I finish my first semester of school this week. I have my first paper in over 20 years due and while I'm not looking forward to it I'm sure it's just like a bandaid. Once you rip it off (do it) it won't be so bad!
How has your summer been?