I took a few days to pretend I was actually on summer break, with nothing to do but sleep late, watch TV, go to the pool, eat popsicles... Then I remembered-I'm a mom, mom's don't get breaks. Oh well, back to Mom reality, driving H all over the place, packing for basketball camp, motivating (nagging) her to start her summer reading, grocery shopping...
It's not that bad, really. Since H is out of school, everything is more relaxed. We can actually linger at the dinner table, unlike during the school year, when she has to cram some food in her face and do homework for the rest of the night. She must be in some kind of crazy growth spurt or something, because she has learned how to sleep late. She never was a late sleeper, but she is loving that bed this summer.
Basketball tryouts were this week, and I was so nervous! She was too, I guess, but I really wanted them to go well, so that she'd meet some girls from her new school before school starts in the fall. They have three weeks of summer practice, workouts, and camps before the "blackout period" starts at the end of this month. She did a little bit of spring basketball, and worked out a lot with a private coach we found here, who we LOVED. She is an ex-WNBA player, a point guard, and was a high scorer at The University of Oregon when she was in college. She did some really great things with H, and it paid off. The high school coach at the new school told H it was obvious she'd been working hard in the off-season. When I picked her up after the first day, she almost skipped to the car, with an ear-to-ear grin. She is having a blast, and loves the players and the coach.
Anyway, I've been enjoying the summer so much that I haven't written in awhile, so here are some pictures of some of the things we've been doing.
Spent a few days in Florida for my Mother-in-law's birthday. She had a dinner party with 25 people, and H gave an impromptu toast. She was so poised and said such beautiful things that my mommy heart almost exploded with pride! (that's sparkling grape juice in her champagne glass, by the way)
H's friends (and their parents) had a "going-away" party for her:
J's gardens were so beautiful this year we invited a few friends over for memorial day:
And last weekend, J's college roommate from Chicago brought his 11 year old son down to North Carolina for a boy's fishing trip (but H and I couldn't stay away, so we joined them for a few days). J taught H and her friend how to cast, and we fished all afternoon.
This weekend I'm taking four of my college friends back to North Carolina. To be continued...