Yesterday was finally the last day of the school year in our town.
Alistair still had homework until last Thursday; they even had a clipper-ship project due last Wednesday. The challenge was to build a ship using stuff around the house that would be able to hold stacks of pennies without sinking.
If you look closely you’ll see that the ship is called the SS Nintendo. It held 100 pennies before it sank.
Today being the first day of summer vacation, and also stay-home Tuesday for me, we returned to our traditional craft Tuesday ways.
I am pleased to let you know that my newest niece and nephew have arrived! Born on June 5th, a full eight weeks ahead of schedule, they are growing bigger and stronger every day.
I had finished a pair of sweaters for them in time for their shower, and knew I’d never finish the blankets in time. I did think I’d finish the blankets before they were born, though. In fact they were born before their shower, so I don’t feel so bad!
Larry and I were able to meet them at the NICU last week, and I gifted the blankets then.
I’ve gone back to my miter-square blanket for a few days, while I decide what project to begin next. I can tell you one thing, it won’t be on bulky yarn…two blankets in a row has put a fork in bulky knitting for me for a while.
Thanks to all of the snow days we had last winter, Alistair’s last day of school isn’t until June 29th. With his preschool having ended in May, Larson has been a bit adrift.
He spent this week attending Forest Kindergarten, a sort of half-day camp for children ages 4-6 put on by the local forest association. Unless it’s absolutely pouring buckets they spend the entire time outdoors, playing and exploring and just generally having a grand old time.
When I brought him on Monday, we were both a little nervous, not knowing what to expect. But walking up the path the registration, we saw a snapping turtle laying eggs right on the lawn. Just like that he was hooked!
He’s come home every day muddy and wet, and happy as a clam. I’m so happy he has had such a great experience.
He’s signed up for another week in August. And we’ll go back in September to check on those turtle eggs, too.
Spring is rolling into summer, and with it comes the availability of local produce. We got our first CSA delivery on Saturday, and Larry has been checking the farmer’s market near his office weekly, checking things out.
On Friday the time was right at last – he came home with a box full of pickling cucumbers. Not a small box, either. On Sunday we made our first batch of pickles of the year.
Eight quart-sized jars, in two shapes and in three flavors.
Last weekend was our annual escape to Block Island. It’s early in their season, so there are no crowds and the lodging rates are cheaper, but the weather is always a roll of the dice. This year we lucked out – although it was only in the 50’s on Friday, it never rained and was in the 70’s for the rest of the weekend.
We ate a lot, we walked a lot (the car stays on the mainland), we found no less than four geocaches, and we had a LOT of beach time.
Sometimes I think our Block Island weekend is the best 49 hours of the whole year…
Larson’s preschool ended their academic year on Tuesday.
You may recall that he wasn’t a big fan for the first month…but I’m happy to say he has made great strides through the course of the year.
They threw a beach party for the last day, complete with bubbles, beach towels, sand tables and water troughs.
As we were driving home he asked me when school starts again. I told him, and he said “I can’t WAIT”.
We had a fairly low-key Memorial Day weekend. There was a cold snap Friday, which brought with it an overnight frost advisory, but then the rest of the weekend was gorgeous.
We didn’t do much, actually. We went to a family cookout on Sunday, but beyond that we stayed fairly close to home and just enjoyed the weather and the backyard and general togetherness.
Oh, and we planted our tomatoes on Monday. That is a concrete tradition for us – not a day before (see aforementioned frost advisory) and not a day after.