June was a busy month, hence the lack of blogging. Just figuring out where the kids are going to be all day every day is tricky when school's out. After we returned from Tybee the girls did 2 weeks at Dance 411 dance camp. Then it was off to Sustainability Camp. Yes, Sustainability Camp. I thought they'd learn a bit about permaculture and what-not, and I'm really not sure if that happened, but they had a blast so there. Now they're at another dance camp - Barefoot N Motion. My favorite thing about that camp is that it's half a mile from the house. They are absurdly disorganized, but the kids are having fun. Next week they'll spend 1/2 days at the same camp, while Aunt Jo Jo hangs out with them in the afternoons. After that, Grammy Margie heads down for some quality time with the little blonde Drueke girls. After that...I'm not sure what we'll do with them, but the final week of July promises the arrival of cousin Ro*! Then cousin Mikey will actually be moving here and living with Steve and Joy. The girls are beside themselves with this cousin stuff.
Since March or so, Sarah's been requesting a winter-themed birthday. I've been plotting it out in my head. This morning she announced she doesn't want that now. When I asked what she does want she was quiet for a moment, thoughtfully stroking Monkey's velvety ear while she contemplated the possibilities. Then she said "how about a dog theme?" Perhaps I'll go with dogs in winter. Like the Girls of Summer but less resigned and jaded. I don't know. What I do know is that while I had a blessed reprieve from the usual Atlanta humidity for Kate's birthday, it's here with a vengence now, and I wish I had a walk-in fridge in which to decorate Sarah's cake.
I continue to follow the instructions of the Ease Into 5K app! I knew right away that my timing was less than fortuitous, picking up running for the first time in my life, when I'm nearly 40 and it's nearly summer in Georgia. So far, mornings have been mostly pleasant, though. When Rusty commented earlier that I would be doing a 5K, it was the first time it dawned on me that doing this training program was, indeed, meant to result in just such a thing. Huh, I guess I will. I switched the setting from the toneless voice of Jim to that of the encouraging Londoner, Alison. When it's time to run she says "run!" and I'm certain if she'd not been cut off she'd go on to say "like your feet are winged and the wind is always at your back! You can fly!" I like Alison. Well, I liked her. Until week 3 when she went from having me do many rounds of 45 and 60 second bouts of running with lots of walking in between to running for, like, 3 minutes in a row. The first time it happened, I checked the time remaining on the run and found it was still, like a minute and a half and I thought "Alison you traitorous whore!". My anger gave me energy, though, so I guess she can stay. I don't know if I'll ever consider myself a runner. Certainly not enough to plaster my bumper with random-seeming numbers, a stick figure with its hair blowing backwards and "runner girl" in pink. No, I will never stop hating those "runner girl" stickers. I do like the one I saw the other day that just says "run" as if the owner is in a perpetual state of panic. The fact that it's on his car is even more amusing. "You run, dummy. I'm driving". I want one that says "duck". Anyway, what I do know is this - biking has gotten easier.
So anyway, the kids. I have some photos. I will relocate the little green camera (last spied in the playroom, where expensive things go to die) and share some with you. I promise.