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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Summer Update
We are having a wonderful summer, but it is passing way too quickly! Here's a long, boring post with no pictures that can serve as an update.

In recent weeks, the kids have logged quite a few hours in the pool, visited the movie theater for Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 (my Best Girl thought this was too scary) , enjoyed play time with friends, and other fun activities. My Best Girl got to see Mr. Popper's Penguins as well because her kindergarten teacher took her to the movie (we had the world's best kindergarten teacher).

This week, my Favorite Boy is at an enrichment camp at his school. He is enjoying his classes, which range from sports, to candy making, to magic. My Best Girl wasn't old enough to attend the school program, so she chose to go to an outdoor nature camp. She loves it and is spending her days playing in the creek, making crafts, learning about snakes, and catching crawdads. This is SO up her alley.

I am trying to use my time wisely this week. On Monday, I spent most of the day in a PTA budget meeting. I am excited to be serving as co-president for the upcoming school year. Our meeting went very well, but it was also a wake-up call that school is just around the corner. I wish summer lasted longer!

I am also catching up on my scrapbook; I finished 2008 and am working on June 2009. I am pleased with my progress and hope to catch up by the end of the summer. My final to-do for this week: I am packing for Disney. Yes, the kids and I are going AGAIN. We are driving down next week to take advantage of our annual passes. I am looking forward to a laid-back trip (it will be too hot for our usual commando-style park touring). When we return, PTA business will kick into full gear, and my brother and his family will be here from New Mexico.

I am still on my restrictive diet, and my reflux is MUCH better. Yesterday, I had almost no symptoms for the first time in well over a year. I have been living on meats, nuts, fruits and veggies for almost four months, and it seems normal now. It will be difficult to stick with my diet completely while on vacation, but we're going to have a kitchen this time, so that will help.

I have been excited this year because up until recently, I had visited the doctor fewer times than anyone else in the family. That's never happened. Unfortunately, I am now going to physical therapy 3 times a week for disc pain in my back, so I am back to being the costly medical patient. They think it is a bulging disc that will heal with therapy, and I really hope that's true because my plan of running in the Women's Half Marathon in late September is fading quickly at this point.

That's what's going on around here. I'll be crying in a few weeks when school starts, but for now, we'll try to cram in as much as we can in the remaining days of summer vacation!

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