Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Vacation

I am so ready for summer vacation to begin.  Yes, as a mom that hangs out with the kids all summer, it's my busiest season, but we have a lot more freedom to choose.  I'm mostly going to try to let the boys decide what they want to do this summer.  My only rule will be that they need to get lots of exercise.  The catch is that they're going to be the ones organizing a lot more of it this summer, the who, the what, the where, and the when.  Once a week, I want them to invite a bunch of kids to meet at a particular place to hike, to bike, to swim, or otherwise to hang out. 

Here's the list that we've collected.

Nick wants to:
  • track animals in the woods
  • practice shooting his rifle once a week
  • set a snare for a rat in the garage
  • go scuba diving (It turns out he needs to be sixteen for that.)
  • learn to drive (He should be sixteen for that too.)
  • play paintball
  • go to the movies
  • chop down a tree in the back yard
  • run a psychology experiment using video games, board games, and outside play

Adrian wants to:
  • go biking on his new bike
  • go to WildWaves
  • go to WildWaves
  • go to WildWaves

I want to:
  • visit the Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington
  • go swimming at a lake
  • play Frisbee golf in Carnation
  • ride the electric boats on Lake Union
  • go whale watching at Friday Harbor
  • go see the Ballard Locks
  • walk the dog in parks and on trails all over King County
  • picnic
  • bike across I-90
  • go see the ice caves
  • walk on Alki beach at low tide
  • go on a zip line at Camano Island
  • take a flight on a float plane
  • draw and read outside

Well, what do you think of our list?  It's an ambitious list.  In other summers, we went to WildWaves, flew in a single engine plane, rode the ducks, the amphibious vehicles from WWII that were converted into a tourist trap, found geocaches, played in the fountain at Seattle Center, picked blueberries, paddled the canoe on Rattlesnake and Pine lakes, swam at Idylwood and the Bellevue Aquatics Center, visited the reptile zoo in Monroe, played at the Museum of Flight and the Pacific Science Museum, rode horses at Stillwater Rance in Sultan, and generally lived out of our picnic basket.

What are you going to do this summer?

Thank you for listening, jb

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