Because I can't seem to pull together my thoughts enough to write a real post, here are some tidbits from my life at the moment...
A and I are looking at music programs for R for the fall. R is very musical and is interested in several instruments, but I think we're going to start him off in a group piano lesson/singing type thing that also teaches about music in general, recognizing chords, understanding rhythm and tempo, etc. Ultimately, I think the guitar will be his instrument of choice (just like his daddy), but I think starting with singing and piano will be easier for him. We're also looking at some kind of sports activity for him to try - most likely soccer.
I had to start using a BlackBerry for work (I fought against it for years because I hate the idea of constantly being available for work, but when every other director in my department had one and I didn't, it was embarrassing - because I'm the IT Director!). But I found Bible software for the BlackBerry, and it's been great! I read the Bible on the subway to and from work. So I get my daily Bible reading in, plus I don't have to carry the real thing and add extra weight to my backpack. When you're carrying a laptop, handbag, lunch, notebook, tissues, gum, etc. on your back every day, you start to get very conscious of any added weight. (I even dump out all my change before leaving for work - just a few coins make a difference!)
The bathroom project is done! Well, except for the final painting, which A has to do. But we have a vanity and toilet and working tub and shower, and it's so beautiful. It's the nicest room in our house now!
I can't believe the summer is nearly half over already. A and I feel badly because we really haven't done any big, special things yet with R. We've had our rocket outings and gone swimming (in our pool and at our town reservoir) and gone to the movies to see Wall-e (which we LOVED) and gone strawberry picking, but that's really it. We do have a big vacation coming up soon, but we need to start planning some day trips for the weekends. A wants to take R to a nearby water/amusement park and we'd also like to go visit my hometown of Plymouth, MA, to check out the Mayflower ship and some of the historic houses, maybe even Plimoth Plantation (which I highly recommend if you're up this way). It would be fun to go to the drive-in, too, which is really close to my dad's house. The weekends always seem to get eaten up with errands and little things, so we have to make an effort to do something out of the ordinary. One thing we've been promising our friends is hosting a "Margaritas and Chicken Wings" party. A has had cravings for these for awhile and keeps telling everyone, so we need to pony up. :-)
What fun things do you all have planned for the rest of the summer?