I go into every summer with a big list of organizational things to accomplish around the house, and each year it seems like none of them get done. This summer I'm taking a different approach, and assuming my house will remain just as messy and unorganized, since there are still all these people living here, many of them still in prime mess-maker mode. Instead, I've got some other more long-term rewarding projects going on.
Micah is the wild card. Our team decided to offer a "junior swim team" this year for kids who couldn't make it across the pool. They just had to be 4, which Micah turned not long before registration. I was hesitant, given Micah's history of balking uncooperativeness, but Bob thought a summer of swim lessons sounded great, so we signed him up. The only problem is that his practice is the earliest, and it's always the coldest. So there are all these scrawny little kids crying about getting into the cold water, and Micah is right there with them (ETA: Bob wanted to be sure to point out he is definitely a ringleader, not just a follower, LOL). When he does get in, he does great with his little kickboard. I just hope he will go through enough practices this year that he will get the idea of his arms working too. If it looks like it's going to be cold or rainy in the morning, though, we've started just not taking Micah. That makes the other practices just work out better. Hopefully next year he'll be in the 8:00 slot by being able to cross the pool!
This morning, since it was after a meet, they didn't have a regular practice. Instead, the little kids dove off the diving board into the waiting arms of their coaches. Bob dropped Micah off this morning on his way to work, and he called to tell me he didn't think Micah would jump at all. But when I got there to pick him up and drop off the girls and Jonathan, he had in fact jumped off 5 times! He was pretty proud of himself. We'll see what tomorrow brings . . . I think it's supposed to rain.
We've also been doing some school to finish up some things for some people, and to do some new things for others, like Micah. He has seemed really interested in learning to read, but again, I just haven't had a ton of extra time during the school year. This week I got out the old "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", and we've started plugging through that. He has watched the Leapfrog Letter Factory video a bunch of times with the girls, so he already knows a lot of the sounds (love that video!). After doing a lesson or 2, I give him some letters to trace. When Nathan was preschool age, and I desperately wanted to do *something* to show I was homeschooling, my friend Suzanne recommended taking an Usborne beginning handwriting book, tearing out all the pages, and laminating them, so the kids could just write on them over and over with a dry-erase marker. I did that with 2 books (a handwriting one, and a space connect the dots one), and all the kids have loved using them. Best thing I ever did, for sure! So I got those out, and Micah and Drew have been having a ball each morning with those. We'll see if he maintains his interest. If not, no big deal. He's having fun right now though!
So my house is still cluttered, messy, and unorganized. To paraphrase my sister-in-law's sign at her house, "My house was clean for Nathan's graduation party on June 6 . . . sorry you missed it!" But other important things are getting done, things with more lasting value. Now I just need to fit in time to plan for my classes next year . . . I guess that will be July's big project. Sigh. I am not looking forward to diving back into it all again one bit!
ETA: Oh, I almost forgot an accomplishment I'm so excited about! I finally finished my snapfish photobook about our space-a Hawaii adventure from back in February 2014! I think I started it over Christmas break, but it's taken me forever to finish. One reason is because I incorporated my blog posts into the pages, so I had to deal with text boxes, and text in tiny fonts, which I couldn't take in big sittings. But now it's on its way, and I can't wait to see it! I hope it's a wonderful memory of a wonderful trip.