Lots of Catching Up

Well clearly this month has gotten away from me. Eep — it’s really been a while! As you can imagine, the last month of school has just been filled with activities. How about a bulleted entry to simplify things and get us all up to date? Yes, sounds good to me, too.

  • Drew and Jake went on a deep-sea fishing trip with the Boy Scouts. I was a little nervous about it because there were heavy winds and rain the day before they went, and I was concerned about choppy seas. However, the only issues they had were with getting to Brooklyn since they had to take a few detours thanks to flooded roads. But they got there! Drew caught a stingray (no photo, sadly) and some other fish too small to take home. Jake didn’t get anything this time but I have a feeling there will be another fishing excursion in the future.
  • Laura’s birthday party went very well! The day was lovely and I think everyone had a good time. It was nice for the kids to see their grandpa and step-grandmother from Florida. We don’t see them often, so it is always a treat for the kids when they come up to New York.
  • The 5th grade Whale Watch finally happened! Drew and Jake and the rest of the class spent three days on Cape Cod participating in a bunch of different activities. The weather didn’t exactly cooperate, but everyone enjoyed themselves. Visiting Plimoth Plantation was their favorite, and unfortunately they only had a couple hours there so they in no way got to explore as much as they would have liked.
  • The cicadas have descended upon Rhinebeck in full force! We had to bring the leaf blower to the Cub Scout end-of-year picnic so we could clear away their exoskeletons from the BBQ pit area. Gross! But at least the event itself was fun, if not loud due to all the background buzzing!
  • Jake achieved his first Boy Scout rank and got his patch at the June Court of Honor. He is now working on advancements as well as some merit badges.
  • We had a pretty low-key Father’s Day. After all the travelling and poor sleep, I wanted Drew to just be able to relax. The kids picked out some fun gifts for him: a outdoor skills book, a wind chime, a mug that Jake made, and a keychain that Noah made. Not exactly cohiba cigars, but that’s OK, LOL! We went to Texas Roadhouse for lunch and then just took it easy for the rest of the day.
  • Monday night I went to parent orientation at the middle school. Middle school! I never had the middle school experience because my grammar school was grades 1-8, so this is something totally new for me. I think there is a good transition program in place, though, and Jake is very excited about it. Tomorrow is his “moving up” breakfast!
  • Friday is finally, finally, finally the last day of school. Seems like it took forever this year. Summer… I’m ready for you!

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