Thursday, May 13, 2010

Easing into summer

It has been a quiet week here. Steve is still working and Rachel was still at daycare this week, so Katherine and I have been easing our way into summer. I have been reading a lot, taking naps, and spending time doing nothing - the way I always adjust to summer. Katherine has a list of things to do every day - read 2 books, make her bed, do some math, spend time playing by herself. She does it all eagerly, but still has lots of unstructured time to fill. Yesterday she mentioned that she REALLY missed school and her friends and Mrs. Creamer. I know she does.
It has been nice to spend long periods of time with just Katherine. We've read and cooked and made art projects together. Her interests are so much like mine were at that age (well, really pretty much what mine are now, with the exception of the horse obsession) that it's easy to find things to do together.
Katherine's big request of the week was to go to the zoo, just the two of us. So, Tuesday morning we headed to the zoo. It was chilly out, but the animals were active and we had a good time. We met my sister at her new office and went out to lunch. It was Robin's birthday and we were able to celebrate with her. It has been years since I have seen Robin on her birthday. I have always been teaching and she has lived far away. But this year I was out of school and she recently moved near by, so we had the chance to spend time together. It was such a nice day.
Tomorrow Rachel starts her summer vacation, so the quiet period ends!

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