It’s back. School year has descended upon us once again. Sigh. I have a bit of angst usually about this time. Part of me is sad the lazy days of summer are at an end. I didn’t miss cracking the whip on homework, making lunches, or being chauffeur. It was so good to have a break from all that.
Oodles of time to do nothing much. Exactly as it should be.
Fun with sisters, Unathi and Leia and their new puppy Ramona.
Camps. Grif and buddy Nicholas gearing up for a night hike.
A wonderful family reunion in Discovery Bay given by my Aunt Wendy.
The kids had a blast with all the toys they have.
Quality cousin time.
Visits to one of my favorite spot in Northern California, Pinecrest Lake! It wouldn’t be summer without a trip here with my brother Peter his wife Line and their three kids.
Quality time with all the family members…
Apparently my home puts a few to sleep!
Gardening was another summer joy and thanks to my dad’s help I had the best tomatoes ever this year!
This neighborhood cat, Luke is ubiquitous around these parts. He’s my garden buddy too.
My youngest made this bean bag chair/tower his spot in the garage- aka boy cave. Lots of slacking off in there as well.
I wasn’t stressing too much about the downtime as both tried some things they never did before. The eldest worked as a assistant at the local youth science program. Some grunt work like making slime and untangling first grader’s fishing lines, and the like was his assignment.
Otherwise he was addicted to Reddit, gaming and swimming- or sort of…
The youngest made a four day Scout backpacking trek into the Sierras on the Pacific Crest Trail. While I wasn’t so crazy about him sleeping without a tent and carrying a very heavy pack, after I saw the photos, I knew it was a once in a lifetime trip.
Luckily, my husband got to go along and took these beautiful photos.
I’m going to frame this one I think.
They hiked to three different lakes- The Dardanelles, Round Lake and Meiss Lake and made camp each night. That’s him and friends Jinyu and Liam packing out. They had some big packs for 11 year olds.
The Sierras has the most gorgeous and diverse terrain. Almost made me want to go too. (Then I think about the bathroom situation and the sleeping in the open.)
Apparently last week was a perfect time to go. Weather was not hot and the colors are starting to look like fall a bit already. It quickly gets too cool to camp in the Sierras at night come later September. The window is pretty short.
The granite lakes are just too gorgeous.