We had four days in a row of classes this week to make up for last week’s holiday. I had to be creative in order to post about something other than homework….it feels like that’s all I did!
Day 38 Dog Sitting
Most of my friends know that I’m anti-pet, but I make an exception for this one. Bailey’s mom went out of town for the day, and I was happy to take him out while she was gone. Bubba was thrilled to get a few snuggles in with his best bud.
Day 39 Team Shirts
This week the kids are both attending basketball camp at LCA. Wednesday is team spirit day, so they were encouraged to wear their team colors and whatever else they had to represent their team. I had class until 7:00 and more work to do after that, so they were completely on their own to make it happen. I came home to this. Chica had finished her Kentucky Wildcats logo and was working on a UNC design for Bubba. We have a fair amount of sibling grumbling in our house, but sometimes they are just so stinkin’ sweet to each other.
Day 40 Embarrassed
I struggle to think of a time that Chica has ever expressed feeling embarrassed. She’s too much in her own world to worry about how others perceive her. But that Bubba is a different story. Even in Pre-K he would refuse to wear shorts to school because he was “embarrassed”. They couldn’t be at more opposite ends of the spectrum in this way. Well, I should have seen it coming, but Bubba was “embarrassed” to wear his homemade paper logo to basketball camp. I struggled to get him to walk in the building, but he finally did with his lunchbox covering up her artwork. I didn’t want to let him take it off because Chica had worked so hard on it, but I could tell he was legit fearful of what might happen if he wore it into the gym. I let him take it off but warned him he was on his own to deal with the wrath of his disappointed sister. She turned out to be pretty gracious.
I didn’t think to snap a picture of them in their jerseys before we left the house. Every single picture on my phone from this day is some sort of math problem. But since I’ve made it this far in the summer with a picture every day, here’s a screenshot of my favorite problem I solved. We had to work out the surface area of this trunk using what we know about cylinders and rectangular prisms.
Day 41 Camp Champs
I took the afternoon off and enjoyed a slow lunch at Food Truck Thursday with Patsy. If you haven’t tried Calle Cruz Miami, you’re missing out! I was so relaxed after our afternoon of chatting in the shade that I almost forgot I was supposed to go early to basketball for their awards ceremony. Bubba’s team ended up winning Camp Champs for his division, and he hasn’t stopped talking about it yet. While the basketballs they got were cool, I was most impressed with the personal notes that both kids got from their student coaches. Chica was especially pleased at the positive things her coaches pointed out about her week. I was worried about this whole experience for my never played basketball, hates to lose, avoids all competition kid. However, she ended up thoroughly enjoying it, and I think the students working with them deserve the credit.
Day 42 Triangles
This was by far my favorite book club meeting yet. I wrote all about it in this thread, and then the author replied, so just go read it! And if you’re not on Twitter and you’re a teacher, this is my not-so-sneaky attempt at getting you to join. You need teacher Twitter in your life.
Day 43 Birthday & Sleepover
We knew we wouldn’t be able to all celebrate Jay’s birthday on his actual day this coming week because of everyone’s schedules. So we (and by we I mean mostly Nana & Papa) planned a Saturday morning breakfast to celebrate. Be jealous of this menu: biscuits, sausage gravy, chipped beef gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, watermelon, mimosas, and red velvet cupcakes.
We then hurried home and spent a frantic hour as a family trying to recover our house from about three weeks of neglect. Nothing like a friend coming over to get butts moving. Chica didn’t know until she arrived that her friend was joining her next week at camp. Her mom usually keeps her kids in the dark about plans so she doesn’t get 1,000,001 questions, so I didn’t tell Chica ahead of time for fear of it slipping out too soon. What a fun surprise!
Day 44 Camp & Flat Tire
I dropped Chica off this afternoon for her second year of overnight camp. Last year I was a mess. This year there were no tears. Both girls were instantly at ease, and “stone-cold-Tracy” had no worries or sadness….just excitement for the awesome week I know they will have.
Jay and I spent our kid-free night on the trail. Things were going great until the 2 mile mark when his back tire went completely flat and he had to walk his bike the whole way back. We ended up redeeming the night by taking the super long way home with the top down in the Jeep. Ahhhhh, summer.