Summer is always a period of transition, especially after the craziness of the final month of school. I have to say, though, it makes for a nice change. At the beginning of summer, it's always nice to take it easy for a bit, before activities, vacation, and (eventually) boredom/arguing set in. ;) Here's a peek at what we've been up to.
Library Lego Fun. :) Earlier this week, the temperatures soared to over 100 degrees. We've had a fairly mild spring, so even though we knew the hotter weather was coming, it was pretty hard to adjust. Especially in our house with its poor little swamp cooler that can only do so much in extreme temperatures. We had to run to the library anyway. Imagine our delight to find a Lego activity center in a nice, cool, air-conditioned building. ;) We spent a good hour and a half there while the girls played.
One of Middle Gal's My Mini MixieQ's joined in on the fun. ;)
Middle Gal's elaborate two-story house.
Complete with backyard. ;)
Little Gal's one-story house, complete with patio and pizza. ;)
She decided to make her online name out of Legos, too. ;)
I even got in on the action. It was kind of relaxing to just sit there and build with Legos with the girls. ;)
You'll notice my careful placement of Legos so that they are always overlapping. My dad taught me that years ago. ;)
Oldest Gal was too busy checking out the books to play, but she was having a great time, too. :) She read over 9,000 pages in books aside from assigned textbooks this past year at school, so reading is definitely her thing. :)
The girls also wanted to stop and get a picture with this fun bench donated to our library, featuring sculptures of Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, and Becky. :)
We were super excited to find the fourth book in "The Doll People" series (one of our favorite "dolls coming to life" book series EVER). Middle Gal was a little disappointed with the change in illustrations and a couple of continuity errors in the plot, but other than that seemed to enjoy it. Now Little Gal is reading it.
While at the library, we signed up for their summer reading program. I wanted to make sure we got plenty of reading in this summer, and this is a great way to encourage it. The girls get a prize for every reading log they complete (each section has five twenty-minute segments), and if they complete all four logs, they get a free book, plus their names will be entered in a drawing for a free bike.
Even adults can get in on the fun! For every complete book I read, I can enter into drawings for prizes. The grand prize is a $100 gift card to Amazon.com. I could definitely use that. ;)
I love that our libraries encourage summer reading. It's a fun way to keep our family reading together, with the possibility of some fun treats, too. :)
Netflix or Movies. We try not to overdo on this sort of thing, but the girls do get to pick one movie a day.
The same night we went to the library, we headed over to my parents for dinner and a "Zootopia" movie night. Hubby and I hit a pretty tight financial crunch this month, so unfortunately, we'll have to wait to add Zootopia to our movie collection for a while. It was so much fun to spend some time with my parents and get to watch the film together, though. :)
Camp. On Thursday, my mom and I took Oldest Gal up to camp to help her aunt, who is the camp cook, with Oldest Gal's little cousins. We got there a little early, so we enjoyed taking a walk around the camp. Everything is still so green and beautiful because of the mild weather we experienced this year. It was so much fun seeing everything.
Mom and I got a kick out of Little Gal's "princess pose" here. ;) She knew her picture was being taken.
Little Gal and Oldest Gal with my mom.
Dolly Fun. The girls' dolls have had several adventures this summer too. From snowy expeditions...
...to rollerblading and more. Middle Gal is currently working on a photo story that we'll hopefully be able to share on the blog soon. ;)
Zelfy Fun. ;) Last night, after I finished mowing the lawn, I couldn't help snapping a few pics of Petal in the beautiful, partially overcast light of our backyard. :)
I was behind on mowing, so it was a big job. I'm so thankful I chose the time of day to mow that I did, though. The weather cooled to a nice 88 degrees with a refreshing breeze blowing. A welcome and unexpected treat in June. ;)
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into summer life at the Never Grow Up house. We're just taking one day at a time, enjoying making memories together. :)