Thank goodness school is finally out! Our school didn’t get out until June 22nd then we headed to Kansas the next day for a very fast visit with the grandparents. Speaking of grandparents, my brother and his family stopped by for dinner while we were there. My son came out of the bedroom long enough to eat then headed right back in. When I went in to see what was going on he informed me that he, “didn’t want to hang out with those country people.” (Thank goodness he didn’t see my nephew peeing in the backyard.) Considering he’s still working on his filter, I figured it would be best to just let him hang out in the bedroom with his video game just this once.
We weren’t there long enough to do much but Wichita has some hidden gems: art, nature, theater, great food, the birthplace of Pizza Hut. If you get a chance to visit make sure to do plenty of exploring. Oh, and never, EVER, go in the summer. I remember when I was growing up and I thought those people in California were freaks. The “big one” was going to hit and California was going to break off into the ocean and become part of Hawaii. Now I live here and I realize I was right. I’m one of the freaky Californians and we are going to be a Hawaiian Island when the next “big one” hits. And I’m okay with that!
We got back Sunday just in time to get the kids ready to start camp/work. We’ve been counting down the days until Saturday so we can sleep in! I figured it out that I’m in the car 2.5 hours dropping/picking up kids and driving 75 miles per day. My son keeps reminding me that I’m the one who signed him up for camp so technically it’s my own fault. That’s what I get for not wanting my kids sitting around on their behinds all summer because I have this pesky thing called a JOB.
This week my son was in a volunteer camp for teens. You have a sense of how his filter works (ex: country people) so needless to say we had a lengthy talk on the way to camp the first day. We chatted about social cues, engaging filters, not offending anyone, not saying everything that pops into our brain, etc. I fully expected a call from the counselor the first day asking me to come pick him up. Thankfully he made it through a trip to the Humane Society, painting a fence at a senior center, planting at the botanical garden and even tye dying 400 shirts for fellow campers. However, the thought of going to the beach for a beach clean up proved to be his undoing. He decided to stay home today even if it meant not getting a Camper of the Week award. That kid really loves awards and REALLY hates the beach, which is pretty ironic considering we live in San Diego. (The beach part is ironic, not the award part.)
Full confession here…I had some work done today. My travel plans for Ireland are in full swing but my biggest concern has been my hair. Those of you who don’t have frizzy, curly hair won’t understand this but those that do are nodding along right now. For starters…it’s rainy and humid in Ireland…ALL THE TIME! Moisture and frizzy, curly hair Do Not Mix! So, today I invested 3 hours and a lot of money on a straightening treatment at the salon. (#14 on “The List” is to get a new hairstyle. I think this qualifies?) Here’s hoping I enjoy a frizz-free trip. Other travel plans include purchasing a GoPro, new walking shoes, a few new sweaters and…collapsible water bottle/wine flasks. *Snap*
Rebecca over at the Travel, Running and a Little Bit of Style blog commented on my last post that I should do a race while I’m over in Ireland. I’m pleased to announce that I took her up on her suggestion and I’m officially signed up for…The Dublin Pub Crawl! Okay, so it’s a virtual run, but since I’ll be doing plenty of walking and hiking (and possibly partaking in a pint or two) in Ireland why not get rewarded for it, right?
So here’s to a long weekend and checking things of “the list.”
Have a safe and happy 4th of July.