Well its August already!! Summer is winding down (so quickly) and this month is jam packed with activity for Clan Mir. Daughter is in ecstasy over her week of HORSE CAMP, in which she gets to spend time breathing and eating (not literally) horses. She is horse mad, just like me at that age, and talks endlessly about her horse Tucker
. Its like an episode of Saddle Club
(which she watches hours and hours of on Discovery Kids
). She is able to groom, ride, tack and untack Tucker. I am glad she is able to experience this, and one of the few things we both talk about:Daughter:
And then we had to stand up in the saddle while we were trotting...Me:
Oh yes! That's called posting!!Daughter (beaming):
Indeed, Mother.For a moment in time, mother and daughter are united in perfect harmony and understanding over their mutual adoration of horses...the birds are singing...the sun bursts forth through the clouds...there is a moment of stillness and glory...well you get the idea...
Man she's gonna read this someday and think I'm a dork.
Son is now old enough to experience his first YMCA Discovery Camp and he is very happy about it as well. He is a big boy now and loves the fact that he can swim every day.
Which leads me to comment on how popular summer camps are. One really never notices this until they have kids who can do this sort of thing, of course. It seems that my favored place to enroll them is the YMCA
summer camps. They've apparently got this thing down to a science where when you drop your kids off, they've organized 3 lanes for cars to drive through to drop your kids off. As you near the main drop off point, a staff person will personally come to your car and open the door to escort your camper to the staging area. Pretty cool. And its the same with picking them up, you drive through again, and a staff member carrying a thick folder full of campers info comes up to your car, looks up the child's info, checks your id to make sure you are eligible to pick up the child, they radio back to wherever so they have your child ready to enter your car by the time you reach the main area. They then escort your kid to the car, open the door for them and tuck them inside. Its kinda amazing. I never had this shit at my age. Though I guess this YMCA is nestled in a somewhat upscale area. Whilst going through the brochure, was a bit shocked that they actually offered a MEGA SUPER CAMP, in which if you were willing to shell out $1000 for a week of it, an air-conditioned luxury bus would escort your child to a bunch of different places like Disneyland, the Zoo, etc., and they get all meals taken care of, a nice souvenir of each day and a behind the scenes tour of whatever theme park they were going to. Crazy shit, and its sometimes hard to reconcile the image I have of the YMCA from back in the day, where people down on their luck would go rent a bed from or something.
In terms of me, finally got off my ass and had my eyebrows waxed (it'd been awhile). Easy to neglect I suppose, and had been dreading the eyebrow waxer's murmurs of "Damn your eyebrow are FUCKING HAIRY". Which is exactly what she did of course (tho not in those terms), but at least the beast is defeated. *sighs
Anyways, something to get excited about
---Hilary's chances of a 2008 presidential run. She's convinced upstate NY that she's a great Senator. Can she convince the nation that she rocks as Prez? I surely hope so.