Elena has officially finished kindergarten. Now the summer stretches before us, and for now I'm really glad. No more hauling ourselves back and forth to Westfield twice a day, no more lunches to pack, no reason to get out of our jammies before 10 a.m.
I think it will be an interesting summer. Here's where I think the age gap between the kids could be problematic. Case in point: our attempt at the pool yesterday. Elena's so excited about the pool this summer since she can actually swim this year. We packed up the car, slathered sunscreen on everyone, drove to the Y, dragged bags, floaties, toys, etc. to pool. Elena jumped in within seconds and within seconds of getting near the pool Eli started screaming. He wanted Nothing To Do With The Pool. He did however want to spend hours sitting by the little yellow dot that squirts out a 3 inch spout of water by the splash pad. Which would be fine, except Elena wants to be in the big pool, where I can't see her. Luckily Mike was there, so it wasn't an issue, but on a normal day, what do I do? I have a feeling Eli's either going to have to suck it up and get used to the pool, or he'll be spending quite a bit of his summer in the baby bin inside the Y.
We made the first of what will be our weekly summer visits to the library today. Elena's a voracious reader as it is, so it will be of utmost importance to keep her stocked up in books this summer. The summer reading program has started, so the ubiquitous "limit" signs were posted everywhere. In the chapter book section where she gets her Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones fix there was a 5 book limit. Try telling this to the kid who tears through 3 books a night. Books were put back. Tears were shed. We moved on to the fish. As I was signing Elena up for the reading program, the very sweet librarian wanted to know if Eli would be participating as well. I tried telling her he's only interested in eating books, but somehow we got finagled into getting him involved as well.
You'll either be seeing tons more posts (both kids home all day! The fountains of material!), or this blog will dry up like the Sahara until August. We shall see.