We are now at the two week mark until school starts and we’ve been making the days count. Filling them with so much summertime goodness while we still can. I can’t make up my mind if I am excited for fall to come. It is my favorite season – full of my favorite things, but this summer has been pretty awesome. We’ve done so much to have fun and enjoy the free time we’ve been given. I love routine and structure and yet at the same time, I’m not sure I’m ready to go back to the real world. Well, ready or not, here it comes. I plan on making these last few weeks of summer as much fun as I possibly can!
I mentioned in my last post that we had an jammed pack week ahead of us and we did… but of course, true to life, the week didn’t pan out quite like I had hoped. On Monday, I noticed my throat felt funny, but it wasn’t too bad. Then I went out for my evening walk and it was super smokey and hazy, but I thought nothing of it. By the time I went to bed that night, my throat hurt insanely bad. Jeremy told me it was probably due to the air quality and joked that I was “sensitive”. However, he looked it up and noted that the air quality was hazardous to all people, not just sensitive ones. The air quality on Tuesday was super bad, but I had a commitment to be at the farmer’s market that day, so that meant outside time as well. Tuesday night we went to bed with the fan in the window and I almost took it out because I could hardly breathe the air coming in. Here is the fun part, I woke up on Wednesday morning with the room spinning. Side effects of toxic air are sinus issues, sore throat, headaches… yep… So I was literally laid out by the air this week. On Wednesday, I was supposed to take the kids up to Olympia to the kid’s museum. We had cousins coming over that afternoon to spend the night. This was not a good time for the room to spin. I was able to rest and medicate and Jeremy was a super hero who jumped in and took the boys to the museum. The air cleared up on Thursday and we were able to enjoy our cousins sleepover and spend time outside! After one set of cousins went to stay with Nana & Papa, we drove down to see the other set of cousins and watch my nephew, Keegan, play his last soccer game.
At the beginning of the summer, I made a list of all places I wanted to take the boys. NW Trek was on the list and when we heard that Nana & Papa planned to go on Friday, we jumped on board and joined them. It was a fun day watching the kids run, play and explore. My husband loves the tram ride they offer. He loves searching for animals even more than the kids do. Saturday was a day around the house for projects – Jeremy worked on touching up the paint on the outside of the house, the boys helped Grandpa wash his car and I cleaned the inside of the house. I love days at home where we can be productive, but we also get to work at own pace with no stress or rush. This is the bliss of a sunny, summer Saturday. Sunday, we got to check off another summer bucket list item by going to the SWW Fair. Owen was tall enough to do all the rides he wanted except the Ferris Wheel. Graham could only on the carousel, so he did that twice before we went off to play games with the rest of our tickets. Graham especially loved the animals. We enjoyed our favorite fair food treats which for the boys is mini-donuts and for me is an elephant year.
Now to decide how the last two week of summer will look… I have some ideas. For a low-key outing, we’re going to Burger King to have lunch with friends today. The air has become smokey again, so I’m trying to find fun things to do inside. The poor air quality adds a challenge to our activities, but I think we’re up for it. I’ll let you know how it goes soon.