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summer

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation the past two weeks. My mom was in town so it seemed like a good time to take a little break. Now, of course, I have a million things to write about!

We were busy, busy, busy while my mom was here. We had a ton of fun adventures including some hiking, a couple of day trips in and around Seattle, and the piece de resistance, a trip to the Oregon Coast.

Our trip to the Oregon Coast was perfect. We spent 3 glorious days in a rental house in Oceanside, OR, a small little beachside town of a couple hundred people. Our beach house was perfect and had some great views of the beach.

As soon as we arrived we quickly unloaded our stuff and headed down to the beach. Oregon beaches are known for their wind and there were lots of people flying kites in the heavy ocean breezes. We walked the beach, put our toes in the very chilly water, checked out the tide pools and flew a kite for a bit. We all had a wonderful time. It was so fun and relaxing.

We were able to catch a little of the sunset that evening from our balcony.

The second day of our trip was spent trying to catch our dinner. Lorne, Maya and Anna, and later my mom, headed out in a little boat with some crab pots to try to catch some yummy crab for dinner. The girls were a bit grossed out but had fun. After a couple of hours Lorne came back with one little crab (they caught a ton but had to throw most of them back because they were female or too small). But, one isn’t bad for a first try :) We picked up a couple more crabs to go with our little crab to complete our dinner. It was delicious!!

After our super yummy dinner we headed down to the beach for a nice evening stroll to end our second day. Some clouds had begun to roll in and it was a little chilly but it was still incredibly beautiful.

We woke the third day to some pretty dense cloud cover and a little rain. We didn’t let that slow us down. We went into Tillamook and did a tour of the cheese factory there. We checked out how the cheese is made and packaged, tried a few samples of their very yummy cheeses and enjoyed an ice cream.

After a quick lunch back at our beach house we headed up to Cape Meares to see an old lighthouse and the famous octopus tree. Though the clouds and fog were pretty heavy the views from the cape were beautiful. The octopus tree was amazing. The fog actually made it look that much cooler!

The fog and dense clouds stuck around for our final evening at the beach. We didn’t let that slow us down. We headed down for one final walk along the beach. It was still cloudy and foggy and pretty chilly but we had fun anyway.

The Oregon coast is stunningly beautiful. We had such an amazing time. We will definitely be heading back again.

Maya had her second, and last, camp of the summer this week, Art Camp! She was really looking forward to this camp and it didn’t disappoint. She had a great time and came home with an amazing little portfolio.

Back in the early spring when I was finding camps to sign her up for I stumbled across a bunch of art camps offered through Museo Art Academy in downtown Issaquah. Each camp was a week long (4 days) and had a different focus. There was drawing, clay sculptures, mixed media and painting. I asked Maya if she would be interested in doing and art camp and if so which one would she like to do. She was totally up for it, not a surprise coming from our little artist, and decided on the painting session. I got her all signed up and her little friend, Ava, decided to join in the fun too.

She had a great time. Every day when I picked her up she was beaming and said she had a great time at camp that day. They came home with little free drawings they had done throughout the morning but the paintings were kept until the end. I couldn’t wait to pick her up today and finally get to see all her projects. I knew they would be good since Maya loves art and puts a lot of thought and effort into her projects, big or small. Her little portfolio was incredible. It contained 7 paintings. They learned about many different types of paintings including still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She is so proud of her collection.

I need to pick up some frames and display a few of these pieces!

I’m so glad she enjoyed the camp and I’m so proud of her creations. She said she’d like to take art classes there this year so I’ll have to look into those.

Maya spent every afternoon last week at Cheer Camp at the same gym where she takes her gymnastics classes. To say she had an awesome time is an understatement. On Friday after the last class she was begging me to sign her up for cheer camp again, unfortunately they only have one each summer. At least I know for sure she’ll love it next year when I sign her up again.

At the end of each day the parents were invited to come back 10 minutes before the end of the camp day to watch the cheer they had learned for the day. I can’t even begin to tell how cute it was watching 4-8 year olds so proudly (and loudly) doing their little cheers. Some of them, like Maya, took great pride in doing the cheer just right and we very careful to follow all the moves and say all the words just right. It was so fun to watch.

I know Maya can’t wait for next year when she can sign up for Cheer Camp again, but really I can’t wait either. I can’t wait to watch those little cheers at the end of each camp day!

Last week was Show Week at Maya’s gymnastics school. It is an opportunity for the kiddos to showcase all the new skills they have learned throughout the year for their proud parents. I always find their demonstrations so adorable.

Maya has had a great year in gymnastics. She has come so far and learned a ton of new skills. The days of being scared to go into class by herself and being too scared to participate in Show Day are long gone. She demonstrated every skill very well. We are so proud of her.

Maya is very good at gymnastics and has learned a lot of new skills this year. In fact, she has become so good so has been invited to join the advanced class at her gym. The class requires a skills assessment to join so all the kids in the class are at a certain skill level which allows the teachers to begin focusing on new and more challenging skills. Their is more time spent on skills training in the class, which is Maya’s favorite part. She will start in the class this summer in order to hone one remaining required skill that she is still struggling a bit with and then be ready to stay on with the class in the fall and participate in their shows and competitions. She, her teachers and we are very excited for this new step!

It is that time of year again, time to get ready for the ever fabulous season of summer!! I’ve always loved summer with its lazy days spent by the pool, spending endless hours outside, colorful flowers filling the gardens and enjoying long days and evenings with my family and friends. I love how full of endless possibilities summer always is.

Last night we went to our neighborhood pool for a little swim before bedtime. The girls had a blast and it really made me feel like summer was here, that we were in the midst of all its splendor. There is nothing quite so relaxing as leisurely swimming around a pool on a warm summer evening, ahhhh.

The end of the school year is just around the corner. Maya has about a week left of school and then summer will officially begin. My plan for this summer is to enjoy it and relax and have fun with my kiddos. I have Maya signed up for a couple of camps and my Mum will be in town for a couple of weeks in July so it promises to be a funfilled and busy summer. Plus, I need to spend some time getting ready for Little Miss #3.

Now excuse me while I go outside to my gorgeous warm, sun-filled front yard and water my garden and watch my girls play :)