Jul 27, 2015
Last year Penn and his friend Ian went to Camp Grady Spruce. This place is an 80's summer camp movie. By which I mean awesome. The grounds are huge and right on the lake and just manicured enough to get from one place to another. It's beautiful. It's not a resort. There is a lot of singing and chanting, shooting, horseback riding, swimming and sailing. Classic summer fun and he is looking forward to going back this year!
Jul 4, 2015
We went to Oklahoma to Daniel's family's farm for the week of July 4th. There was a humongous fireworks display, a lot of food and a lot of freedom. The kids swam and fished and rode in the ranger and played ping pong every day, all week. I love having a place to let the kids just go and make their own day. Lucy roasted her first marshmallow and Milo earned his first black eye in the bathtub. This is one of my favorite weeks.
Jun 5, 2015
Penn's last day of 5th grade was a whirlwind of celebration and goodbyes. The crossing guards dressed up as super heroes one last time. (We have the best crossing guards/volunteer dads ever.) The first student walked up and gave a speech with tears in her eyes and it was pretty much over for all of us. The students gave amazing speeches. The classes walked up to the stage and were acknowledged for their accomplishments. They recited poetry and sang songs and it all carried the feeling of something both close and quaint and magnificent. When school was out for the last time at Lakewood Elementary, there were more speeches and tears and gifts and a parade of decorated cars to honk out the last of elementary school.
Penn's class is really a lovely group of people. It was never more evident as it was on this last day.