Best Summer Ever, part 1
Since we moved back from the Philippines, the kids and I haven’t really had a proper summer vacation together. I taught at a year-round school for two of the summers, prepped for a 1:1 iPad roll out during another, moved a couple of times, bought a house, and a host of other excuses kept popping up. Lame.
I realized that, as it usually turns out, now is the perfect time. Even though I now have a year-round position, I can work mornings on site and evenings from home, or any other combination of times, leaving me free to make plans for any part of the day. (and work is only three blocks away and the kids’ second home). Alexa and Chris are 7 and 8 and old enough to ride bikes for a good distance, take public transportation, and generally take care of themselves enough that exploring is easy. I don’t know how many more opportunities we’ll have to spend this much time together, so we decided to plan for a kick-ass summer.
From today, there are 23 more days until the official start of our summer. I know that number well, because each child asks me at least a dozen times every day. With the weather treating us well, the time will fly by. We also have a few pre-summer events to give us a taste of what’s to come.
We started planning a couple of months ago and have been building out our calendar of events. As a sneak preview, we got–tickets to a few awesome concerts, a 10-game MLB package, rec center memberships, swim passes/lessons, baseball/softball teams, a zoo membership, bus passes, a weekly kid-movie pass at the theater, our bikes fixed, and a great city waiting to be torn up.
Training for long distance urban walking started up again about a month ago. Today we could easily make a 6 mile round trip–as long as there is something fun in the middle–walk before any serious whining starts. By the end of the summer, we’ll be able to cover beyond 10 miles. Not sure that we’ll do too much biking in busy traffic yet, but we’ll start practicing. Luckily for all of us, when we lived in the Philippines there were far fewer distractions and responsibilities, so Alexa, Chris, and I took 1 or 2 really long walks every day. They’ve never not walked a lot, which has paid health dividends for all of us and massive patience dividends for me.
Last Wednesday, we got out of school early and brought our bikes down to the shop to get some work done, then made the walk home down East Colfax.