The goal sheets took me longer than usual this year. We’ve had some other stuff going on this past week. The kids were supposed to have summer camp Monday – Wednesday (9am-4pm), and I was going to get all kinds of school prep done. BUT, we had a crazy heat wave , and the kids’ summer sports and splash camp felt more like punishment than fun. Ryan made it to noon the first day; both kids were home after lunch the second day; and we totally skipped the third day (opting to stay cool at home instead). So, there went my quiet work time.
Thursday was the 4th of July. We spent the morning doing an art and literacy project with my Rotary Club. The idea for this project came from our time living in New York. The New York Parks and Recreation department had this great program called Art in the Park, and I used to take Ashby when she was just a couple years old. They offered free art projects right there in the parks. I always wanted to recreate this program after I returned to CA, and last year my Rotary Club welcomed my idea with enthusiasm and helped me to make it a reality. So, now we have a mobile setup and provide literacy-based art projects and opportunities to read with Rotarian volunteers. Every kid leaves with a book of his or her choice, too (and a mini-book of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution in this case).
Ashby has turned out to be my best helper. She loves to come up with project ideas, help us set up, and read with the younger kids.
I enjoy this program for lots of reasons, but one of the main reasons is that Ashby and Ryan get to meet and talk with lots of people (kids and adults) while doing something that contributes to our community. It’s a few hours out of our month, but I hope it will have a lasting effect on them. Mike joined in recently, too, and it’s a great way for us to spend time together as a family.
We did the project on the 4th from 7-10 am just outside a pre-parade pancake breakfast offered by a local church (this was their 60th annual breakfast). Kids came for the pancakes but stayed for the art and books(…I’m tricky like that). After the project, we watched the parade (from these same shady seats, by the way). It was a great day…which turned into a great four-day weekend (when Dad’s off work, we play). Of course, I got absolutely no school preparation done for these four days.
Now that I’ve finished our goals, I’m on to step 3 (one of my favorites): scheduling. More about this in future posts.