School Is Out, 77 Days of Summer To Go

School ended for the kids last week, and they only have 77 more days of summer to enjoy. They have spent that time staying up obscenely late (read: later than their parents), sleeping in ’til all hours (read: after 10 a.m. in some cases), playing on their electronics (which they got back once no more grades could be raised), and watching way more TV than they watched during the school year (if I have to hear Spongebob Squarepants laugh one more time, I swear I’ll…). CootieGirl and I have already watched a few movies together. All in all, a good start to summer.

Denis and I are trying to think of lots of fun activities for them outside of the normal ones like movies, the neighborhood pool, or random pal sleepovers. We’re also trying to think of some fun activities just for us to do now that we don’t have to worry about babysitters (the one major blessing of having tweens). Yesterday he and I hit up the movies and saw “Sing Street,” which was a charming Irish movie about a lad who starts a band to impress a girl. Set in the 1980s, it was a fun movie and one we both came away liking very much. As of right now, it has a solid 97% reviewer rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 96% audience score. That’s pretty darn good.

This Memorial Day weekend thus far we did some yardwork which resulted in a minor injury to my back, putting me out of commission to do much of anything else this weekend. But it was good while it lasted – a fun TKD class with CootieBoy on Saturday morning, and a bit of cleanup in the back yard (only a bit – but better than nothing). Saturday night even though it was 80 degrees outside, CootieGirl insisted we light up the firepit and roast hot dogs and marshmallows, so we did just that, sweating profusely while we tried to both stay away from the heat as much as possible and yet also cook hotdogs and melt marshmallows. Sadly, rain has come into the area, so no going to the pool although we’re hoping to go there for a couple hours this afternoon. It should be pretty empty since so many people went away for the weekend since school is out.

Hope you all have had fun weekends and are making plans for a fun summer!

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