The Very Short Summer Break

Katya is currently out of school, which means we get a week and a half of “summer” before we start having to get up at 6:55 again. It’s great she has summer services, but keeping a school schedule means that we always have to be at the house to get her off the bus, and we can’t do much in the evenings because she has to get to bed. As you can imagine, that cuts out a lot of spontaneity.

So during our little eleven-day break we’ve been trying to pack as much fun in as possible, while still getting stuff done around the house.

The morning before Katya got out of school, we cashed in on a groupon for a historical house tour, which was a lot of fun.001005

We also stopped by the conservatory and walked a very little around their grounds. We’ve never been to the conservatory in summer, so that was nice.012

We then went to Katya’s end of school program. Yes, I blurred that kid’s face out, and yes, it looks a little creepy. Sorry.016

And summer break started!


A Hike for Our Health

Katya was very disregulated this morning. Usually she rocks and flaps in the car and in church–today she was oddly still. Her emotions, however, were all over the place–tears to laughter to anger to loving hugs in no time flat. It isn’t even full moon–though we are in the middle of a sudden weather change.

So we took her for a hike to see if outdoors and exercise would help.

-Before we began-

The trail was much steeper than we thought it would be, but Katya is an amazing hiker and went bouncing along ahead of us, hollering for us to hurry up and come on!

-Red bud-

She kept saying “Hot! Hot! Cold!” This is the first summer she’s had enough body fat to get really warm from exercise, and it was a new experience for her. She wanted to be cold again!

-A barn from the 1800’s along the trail-

This is Katya heading back down the trail, after a  nearly 4mi hike. She was nice and calm, and rocked the whole way home.

-Headed back down-