It's here! The seventh month of the year! Officially over half way through another year, at least by month count!
July is busy and not busy for us! In prior years, I'd been more actively involved in organizing certain elements of VBS with our church. It would be very time consuming (can't imagine the hours our co-coordinator's put in if I was putting in those hours!), many hours of phone calls, errands, computer work, meetings, work up at our church. This year, there is a lot less that I am doing and it is a welcome change!
We successfully got our oldest off to Boy Scout Summer Camp. It's the fourth year that he has gone, although, he'd correct you that the first year was Cub Scout Camp (but still sleep away). It has gotten easier to let him go each year, but having a Mama's heart, I still worry, just not nearly as much as I used to. The leaders that are with our troop are great and they'll all have a pretty good time! I am totally expecting one worn out, smelly kid back. Yes, the air purifier and washer/dryer will be going a lot come Saturday! The washer will get a good cleaning after as well! :)
Celebrations for July 4th have changed and evolved a lot over the years. When the boys were very young, we didn't do a whole lot. There were a few years we were in VA Beach visiting family. My folks neighborhood would have a parade we'd watch, burgers would be grilled, play in the pool, and watch fireworks on TV. When Thing One first became a Scout, back in June of 2006, he participated in a local parade. That was a very hot day! A Gatorade and play in the wading pool after (under the deck even) kind of day. We had a family over for grilling later in the day and fireworks in the court thanks to a couple other families. One year had our son's Cub Scout Den Over for a cook out, water balloons, and such. We've been invited, other years, to go to the Pentagon to watch fireworks and more recently, kept it way small with just 3 out of the 4 of us (Thing One's Boy Scout Troop goes to camp the week that includes July 4th). This year, Thing Two asked if we could go over to another street to watch fireworks, if they are having them. Shary ~ don't know if your read my blog, but he was talking about your old street which I think still does a lot of fireworks. We can just see them over the trees!
We'll probably get some light school in, too, this month. ~ reading and introductions to formal writing ~
For now, enjoying the slow pace of only having one child home and he LOVES his sleep. I love not having to race off for therapy! A win/win situation!
What things do you love about July? Is it the fireflies? The fireworks? Trips to a lake? Wish we could do that!