Well… you’ll just have to wait on that while I tell you about my day today. 🙂
Today was a brilliant day. We had our homeschooling “moving-up day” picnic. It was wonderful. The weather was glorious and the park we went to was just stunning. It’s called Belmont Lake State Park. The lake is so wide and still. So still, it looked glossy.
Considering that all week we had a heat wave here – into triple digits for several days – having this day was a gift. We arrived at the park at 10 this morning, and the children – about 40 or so of them – had time for free play while us parents chatted about the accomplishments we all witnessed this school year. At noon, we had lunch, and then we really started cooking! The drama club – of which Daughter is a part – put on a play. Two plays, actually. The younger crew performed Hansel and Gretel while the older crew, the one Daughter is in, performed Perseus and Medusa. What fun this was.
The stress of the last few rehearsals was a little overwhelming. And last night, we were up until midnight in my house, running lines. BUT… all was worth it because it went off without a hitch. Well… maybe one or two but no one noticed and it was a blast. When an audience laughs where you want them to laugh, you know you’ve done it right.
I’m thrilled that the school year is over but, in a way, I’m also a little disappointed. The homeschooling group we belong to is like an extended family for us. Great families, great activities, great fun. I’ll see them all in September and we’ll have more adventures together. But this was such a great year for us that I am indeed a little sad to see it end. At least I can say in all sincerity, it ended on a super, super high.
And back to our winner… drum roll please…
The winner of this lovely little item –
… as mentioned in my previous post… was chosen by Daughter. The names of everyone who commented were written on individual pieces of paper and tossed into her Bronx Zoo cap. She closed her eyes, reached in and plucked out the one with Kathleen’s name on it!
KATHLEEN?! Come on down!! 🙂
Kathleen, just go to my website and fill in your info. Go to the Contact page. In the ‘comments’ section, fill in your mailing address, then click ‘send’, and I will send this necklace right to you!
I hope you’ll enjoy it and wear it with pride.
Debbie, it sounds like you had a great day. I am really looking foward to summer and taking the kids to the beach. We go at least twice a week. I really love summer!
And it sounds as though you had a great wrap-up to the school year!
I used to love the Jersey shore as a kid. Going to the beach was a treat. We had a pool then, and yet the beach was the treat. Now… we have urban ‘pools’. Fire hydrants, garden hoses. Ah, but there’s always the pool at our hotel when we go on our vacation!!! 🙂
We did have a great wrap-up. And that Daughter enjoyed herself so much meant the world to me. This process has been great for each of us individually AND for all of us as a family. We’re quite fortunate, methinks.
Oh wow! I’m the winner of that beautiful necklace. Thank you, thank you, Debbie and Daughter! I will wear this lovely sentiment with pride!
Debbie, the lake is so glassy and pretty. You must have enjoyed your picnic. What a perfect end to your homeschooling year.
I received your info! You should have your necklace in about a week – if not, let me know. 🙂
Debbie, the beautiful necklace has arrived. I will be wearing it later this afternoon and also tomorrow, when I attend church. The necklace is a two-toned pink flip flop with a jewel daisy on top, beautiful to wear in and of itself. On the flip side, it says, “WE WALK AS ONE.” I am wearing this necklace for all who suffer Breast Cancer but in particular, for my friend, Luanne who lives around the corner. Chemo is throwing her for a loop, but after four days she’s out again, wearing scarves instead of a wig. Thank God Luanne is doing very well with her treatments. Thank you for this lovely symbolic necklace, Debbie. Please thank your daughter for drawing my name.
I’m so glad it arrived and you’re happy with it. My best wishes go to Luanne and to all those suffering this horrible disease.
Enjoy the necklace, Kathleen, and wear it in good health.