enter Alice Cooper, stage left
As Alice would say - school's OUT for summer!
You know how it goes: no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks. Well, at least until August 30 when everything starts up again.
Phew. It's been a long, long school year. At 10:30 a.m. this morning with the handing out of year-end report cards, Boy11 and Boy14 were officially promoted to the 6th and 9th grades respectively. Not that we didn't think they would make it, but this is a tough school and there is much room for improvement. Isn't there always, though? You never stop learning, right?
Both kids came home and crashed out onto their beds for a brief nap before my English friend F and her 4-yr-old son came over for lunch. I had forgotten how exhausting such a little guy can be. I think I'm the one who needs a nap now.
On Sunday Boy11 heads off to summer camp for the first time. Two weeks of non-stop fun, sleeping in a tent with an old pal he's known since kindergarten and doing all sorts of interesting stuff. And how does Boy14 (who is too old for that particular camp and will mostly be hanging out at home this summer) feel about his kid brother being away for fourteen whole days? Turning cartwheels doesn't even begin to describe it. They are not always on the best of terms and as lovable as he is, Boy11 can be extremely annoying at times, especially if you're 14 and just want to be left alone, dammit.
For the rest of the week I'll be making lists, doing laundry and packing, packing, packing. Good thing that sewing name tags into people's underwear has always been one of my favourite pastimes. [Edited to add] NOT!!