Well, our summer is about to get going, and it is going to be full, busy, and fast. I look at my calendar and just shake my head–how’s it all going to get done??? Yes, I know: one day and one event at a time! Now I must say that this is how the summer is PLANNED; all of this is according to the Lord’s will and is subject to change. 🙂
So, what all is going on? June gets started with my niece’s wedding and then is full of camps, library activities, and summer youth program classes. John is planning on volunteering with the summer reading program at the library again. One thing that’s different about the library this year: John and Brock have been writing the script for the Reader’s Theater program! I think they have done a really good job. It’s a spin-off of Alice in Wonderland, and is kind of a mystery/comedy type thing. Kara and Luke are signed up for a variety of youth activity classes including painting and craft lessons. Cosette will be a helper at those classes again this summer.
Speaking of lessons, Kara is planning to start trumpet lessons this summer! 🙂
John should be getting his restricted driver’s license, and Brock hopes to begin driving with his Learner’s Permit. Scarey….
Another new activity for John, Brock, and Cosette in June will be held at our local museum. They are having a week-long camp where kids research historical figures, prepare monologues in costume, and do a performance as their character during an evening of museum tours. They are all excited about that–especially because some of their friends from the musical will also be participating!
Cosette has another week of “Kid’s College” the week after the museum camp. This really sounds interesting and includes science, art, criminal investigation and music classes. She is especially looking forward to the singing sessions that are planned with the director from Paint Your Wagon.
At church, there is a group of us who are starting a “mini-orchestra” that will play for morning services–hopefully once each month. This will be a group that plays as part of the congregational singing. I have been working with John, Brock, and Cosette on some of these arrangements, and I think it’s going to be a nice addition to our worship services. We are aiming for the 3rd Sunday of each month beginning in June.
The library activities continue in July, but our main focus at that point of the summer will be our church’s new Patch the Pirate drama/singing club. We are going to be meeting for six weeks and will be focusing on Biblical character development along with the drama, singing, crafts, games, etc. It will be for ages 4-12, and I really pray that we have a good turn-out. The Prairie Family kids will be doing puppets–and these puppets will be much more involved than what we have done in the past. We will be basically be doing a musical with those crazy puppets over the course of the six weeks of club meetings. That will take some practice…..
We are really hoping to start school very, very early in August. We’ve always started earlier than the other schools in the area, but this year I want to move it up even more. It is just nice to get a good head start on things in case we need catch-up days later to finish papers and projects. Plus, we hope to be involved in the college musical again next spring, so having an early start to the school year will help with flexibility for that as well.
So, the summer is going to fly by. I don’t know if I will get any major painting projects done or not, but hopefully I’ll just be able to keep up with the day-by-day business!