The in-between season.

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IMG_0255aSummer is almost here.

It’s been a busy spring for us. Back in the fall we decided to end school before our annual beach vacation, which means that for us the last day of school was May 9th. Yes, we will “do some school” over the summer but for the most part we’re on break. I haven’t blogged much recently because along with buckling down on schoolwork we’ve had all the end-of-the-year activities. Both boys take drama at our co-op and were in plays. Our co-op also has a drama weekend for the high-school kids that we went to. There were swim meets and John crossing over to Boy Scouts from Cub Scouts (and a freezing cold rainy campout for him as an initiation).

John’s Odyssey of the Mind team won the regional competition and we all journeyed to Roanoke for the state tournament. Odyssey has been a surprisingly fantastic activity for us this year. I say surprising because I still really didn’t understand what it was until about a month or so into the year. John’s team consisted of seven 5th grade boys from our co-op. Some were good friends before we joined, by the end they had all become friends. They were a little rough around the edges, and as expected for 10 and 11 year old boys tended to be fairly goofy. Their scenery for their performance consisted almost entirely of cardboard boxes and duct tape. But somehow they managed to pull it together and do very well on the day of the actual competition. In OM, parents and coaches can’t give any outside assistance. You are limited to guiding them in making decisions but in the end they did it their own way. The end result was much less polished and completely different than anything I or the other coach would have come up with but it was also probably more creative and definitely a better reflection of who they were. They have already started discussing what they may do next year and David wants to join a team as well (quite a recommendation from a boy who carefully weighs any commitment against how much it will interfere with his free time).

But now all that end of year flurry is behind us. Summer is around the corner with swim team, which is a busy season too, but a different kind of busy. John will go to several camps, David will do art lessons and is considering some other day camps (that free time thing again). Ruth is excited for “princess camp” at the dance studio where she takes lessons. There will be a little math and Latin and piano sprinkled in. There will be books. A lot of books.

But for now we’re enjoying an in between season. John is away this week on a trip with his aunt to Puerto Rico. (She gives each niece or nephew a trip anywhere in the US when they are 10 and PR was his choice. We’ve heard that they’ve been zip-lining and caving and are headed to a phosphorescent bay and beaches with sea turtles. There’s no way we could return to school after that.) David and Ruth and I are enjoying a week free of most responsibilities. We might go to a movie. We might take some walks. We’ll definitely read. I plan to blog a bit more, especially some books I’ve recently been excited about.

Busy is good. We like being busy. But we’re also enjoying this season to meander in between the busy times.

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2 thoughts on “The in-between season.

  1. Puerto Rico? Yeah, I think it WOULD be hard to return to school after that. ;-)

    I did OM (though I think it was actually called–or maybe it was actually a different organization?–Olympics of the Mind when I was a kid. This is something I wish we had in our area.

    Sounds like a busy but fun summer! Ours is looking to be pretty busy, too!

  2. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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