This morning we had a book reading festival to reread some of our favorites before they were returned. Then, we took a walk, en masse, to the library before it got too hot. We turned in all but 17 books! I know it probably sounds like a lot but we are usually pushing (or slightly over) the 50 book limit. We adore the library system here and use it frequently.
After returning home I put Mr. G down for a nap. Again, it sounds crazy and it's not what I would choose but it's looking like this will be our homeschool time in a few weeks. He likes to nap and he likes it during the heat of the day. I always knew the later-born were smarter ;0)
While he slept, we dove into our Summer bridge books and then the older two started their chores for the day (more on that another time as well - we're still in the "experimental" stage). Blondie rested and looked at a book, I got some laundry done, #3 perfected his St. Louis Blues logo. Lunch for the oldest 4, pack lunch for G, wake him and we were headed down the hill by 1:15.
You see, swim lessons began today. It's a genius idea. I am soooo thankful that this year it finally works. I would be a wreck taking all of them to the pool alone but shipping off three while the two little ones and I play? Really brilliant. They all did well, too. Even my nervous middle child. I spent most of the time walking around the shallow end with the little two. We are so blessed to be near to this pool. The zero-entry is awesome. It means you can "swim" with your kids without ever putting on a suit because it's only a foot deep. Tomorrow I will wear a suit. The water was perfect.
So, we did it. We all made it down and swam for an hour and walked the entire way back up (with only 3 breaks...man, that's a steep hill!) Now, we will feast on applesauce pouches and watch WQED/EWTN until daddy comes home. This, in our house, is summer. We could not be more blessed.