Friday, May 26, 2017

Life lately

Summer has begun in earnest for our family. We got back from the beach on Tuesday, and the kids and I head out on a road trip to Oregon with my mom on Monday. Phew! This year it just worked out that all of our travel is crammed together across a few weeks instead of spread out.

Speaking of road trips with kids, I welcome any and all tips, specifically any audio stories, books, or podcasts an almost five year old would enjoy. We already love Sparkle Stories and on our last trip we discovered But Why? and Brains On! Please share your favorites--it's going to be a loooong trip to the West Coast and we'll have plenty of listening hours to fill.

I decided our trips would be the perfect place to start another reread of the Harry Potter series. I wanted to read it this summer in preparation for a very special all-things-Harry-Potter episode of Friendlier that will come out in early August. The first two books are not my favorite in the series, but in rereading them I found them funnier and wittier than I remembered. I am currently a few chapters into Book Four and enjoying the ride.

Preschool has ended for HP (forever!) and we are now in summer mode. Once we get back from Oregon we have a couple of camps lined up for both kids, swim lessons for HP, and generally trying to soak up these laid-back weeks before HP goes off to kindergarten.

This may seem crazy, but we are considering canceling our home internet. Our one year promotional period is ending and the price will more than double starting in June. I know it would be inconvenient at times, but there would also be benefits--like eliminating the temptation to look up “just one thing” and then falling into the rabbit hole of the online world. I may expand more on my thoughts and what we decide in a future post.

We have a new roof! As in, I just wrote the final check and the roofers drove off a few minutes ago. When we bought the house we knew the roof wasn’t going to last much longer and used that to negotiate a lower price. This spring we finally did the necessary research and got quotes. We decided to get a standing seam metal roof, which should last for decades to come. It feels good to cross “get new roof” off the never-ending list of house projects.

I hope this finds you all ready to enjoy the holiday weekend and kick-off summer!


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