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Friday Four...

1. D is having a playdate this afternoon, but E couldn't make up her mind who to invite until this morning -- which meant, of course, that no one is home...she's pouting and whiny (which annoys me and sucks away all my already-limited patience) -- the joys of parenting, no? :)

2. Our camping buddies are extra-busy these days, and we won't have a chance to camp with them until the end of July...but in the meantime, we're meeting them at the Y-camp in Estes Park. They've stayed there before, and I guess there are scheduled activities for kiddos which are included in the price of the room (which isn't cheap, btw -- yeesh). Still, it should be a fun time.

3. One of my closest friends just moved from the NW side of Golden to the SW side (in the NW side, her zip code was a Golden zip; now it's a mtn zip). It'll probably take us maybe five minutes less to reach her new house -- but it's good for her because she's in a little mountain town now (or right next to one), so she will no longer have to drive 30 minutes just to reach the grocery store. And her daughter (who's D's age) will be in the same school as D's teacher from last year (the most amazing one)...not in the same grade the teacher's teaching, sadly, but still -- I think it'll be a great experience for them all. It almost makes me want to move up there too, except that DH doesn't want to live somewhere off the beaten path like that. With all the driving he does, being near the major interchanges helps a great deal!

4. The "kids'" movies coming out this summer look pretty good. Tonight, the kiddos' auntie L is taking them to see Madagascar 3 (which I have no interest in, but she's willing to see). Next week, I'm taking them to see Brave (and I might be more excited than either of them); and next month, I'll take them to see the fourth Ice Age movie. I figure we'd better enjoy this, because it won't be long before the kids will be in the no-man's land of too-old-for-kids'-movies and too-young-for-adult/teen-fare. Of course, D had classmates who went to see Hunger Games (which I would NOT let D see yet...he can read the book in a couple of years, and then we'll rent it). A lot of these kids have parents who think nothing of letting their 9 and 10 year olds watch stuff with sex (or suggestion) and violence in it. Sometimes I feel like the only one who wants her kids to be kids, you know? (I know I'm not the only one -- in fact, I'm betting that most of my friends on LJ feel very similarly...but we might be dying breeds, sadly...)

Happy weekend -- are you doing anything unusually fun?


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Awww ...cute little E couldn't possibly suck the life force from you ... could she?

Kids are growing up way too fast ... your approaach is best!
Jun. 22nd, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
I hope so -- I'm stubborn enough to stick to it, regardless ;)

And E has her moments...ha!
Jun. 22nd, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
*I'm* not old enough to read or see Hunger Games, and I don't think I'll ever be old enough.

Brave looks good.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Hehe...I liked HG, but I can ignore violence (and I'm good at ignoring 'messages' too)...but I don't want to expose D to that before he's asking me to let him read it ;)
Jun. 22nd, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
I let my oldest two boys (17 1/2 and 13) read and watch The Hunger Games, but not my younger two (10 and 3)
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, D's only 10 (just turned in April), so I totally get that!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Not a dying breed--we're the same way.

I hope your playdate went well! Our usual play-every-day-in-the-neighborhood friends happen to be taking swimming lessons at the same time as our kids. It's fun--they all get to swim, they get to play with each other, and then we come home to our own houses and crash.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh, that's really nice. Most people around here all belong to the same pool...which we don't belong to. We could, but it's expensive, and since I HATE swimming, it didn't seem like a good investment. But I know both kids kind of wish I'd done it (sigh).
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Nobody in this town is a big swimmer--which makes us normal. :) Seriously, though--pools tend to be expensive (at least if you have several kids and you want to swim more than once or twice a year). We got into a class taught at the university, but I think for exercise, we're going to hope for some more warm days, and go to the lake. They only charge for parking.

I want my kids to learn to swim for safety reasons, but it's definitely a lot of work figuring out how to make that happen.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yes! After last summer (when I enrolled E in swimming lessons), both my kids can swim enough to be safe in deep water (though E may always need to be near the edge -- she simply doesn't have any stamina). But I hate the chlorine, the heat of the sun (and I burn really easily), and how tired the whole scene makes me (I always want a long nap after) -- so I just haven't done it. And even though E claims she wants to swim, the two times we went last summer, she hated the cooold water and didn't seem to have that much fun. :/
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