August 22, 2010

Three days of summer.

rectangle collage

Three days.

We are down to our final three days of summer.

How is it possible that there are just three more days?

This summer we've traveled -- a lot -- and made fabulous memories. We've visited nine states and brought Kenna and Michal's "Total States Visited" count up a few to 20. We've stayed up late. We've slept in late. We've stayed in motels and hotels and cabins. We've watched movies. We've played games. We've made s'mores. We've eaten ice cream. Lots of ice cream. We've been to national parks and beautiful lakes. The girls have ridden ponies and a horse. They've seen deer and elk and antelope and bison. They held a snake. Their faces have been painted and glittered again and again and again. We've been to the charming Northeast and to the beautiful West. We've been to a wedding, the amusement park where "Big" was filmed and a beach on Long Island Sound.

We've stayed home too and reveled in the joy that is summer in Chicago. We've been to festivals and concerts and the fountains in Millennium Park. We've had tea at American Girl and we've spent lazy afternoons at the swimming pool. The girls are both now swimming like little fishes and one of them can swim the full length of a 25-meter pool while neatly turning her head to the side to breathe. We go to the farmer's market on Wednesdays and garage sales and breakfast out on Fridays. We've celebrated a birthday and two half birthdays, Father's Day and two lost teeth. We've reunited with out travel group for four fun-filled days and we cheered for our budding ballerinas at their dance recital. We've had rain, and flooding, and oppressive humidity -- and more mosquitoes than I've ever seen in my whole life -- but in spite of that I've loved this summer and I am so sad to see it go.

Kenna and Michal start first grade on Wednesday. Did you know that first grade is seven hours long?

Seven hours is much too long to spend in a classroom and this summer was much too short. We still have a list of things to do and just three days left to do them.

Three days.

Our final three days of an amazing summer.


  1. I love the collage! I should do that more often. I just forget about it.

    I totally agree about 1st grade! Too long for my baby! LiLi is going to 1st grade this year too and I am so sad about it! Someone once told me that once your kids get in school, time will fly by because you count the grades. It is true! She will be in 2nd next year, then 3rd...Waaaaaaaa!!!!!

    I hope your girls love 1st grade. I am sure they will learn all kinds of cool stuff!!!

  2. WOW! Sounds like such a MAGICAL summer. Enjoy the last 3 days...and 1st grade...Oh my word...time flies. What are you going to do all day?

    Wish I were there to have lunch with you the first day. I know it will be a tough one.

  3. It was loads of fun to follow your travels via your blog this summer!

    I love your collage!

  4. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Oh my, what are you going to do during the 7-hour absence each day?

  5. Hi Kristi!

    My twin granddaughters entered first grade separate classrooms! Yikes! They were together for K, and they felt that this was the time to spread their wings. Their rooms are side by side, and they see each other at PE, lunch and break. I was afraid of this separation, but they have embraced it! But, lest I worry that they are moving apart, Ryanne was heard whispering to a shy Karley, "Come on Sissy, I will walk you to your room and drop you off!" Precious!



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