And this, friends, is the latest love letter I have received from Vince. Isn't it romantic? I mentioned the other day that I might be contemplating digging my bike out and dusting it off. Before I knew it he had done just that and equipped it with new gear shifters, reflectors and a bell. Oh, and a cute pair of riding gloves were presented as well. Vince is over the moon that I might be taking up something that he loves. It seemed a little odd to me until I realized that if he suddenly said he wanted to take up embroidery I would probably outfit him with a flossbox, needles and hoops so fast his head would spin. That would never happen of course but it puts his enthusiasm in perspective for me.
In other randomness I really have been playing catch up this week. Running errands and cleaning have been popular activities. Recently it has also struck me how quickly Summer is going by and I suddenly feel an urge to make sure we do some of the fun things I hoped we would do over Summer break. So, a trip to a museum, a bookstore, and the splash park, as well as some family bike rides have all made our week a bit more adventurous - more like the Summer I hoped we would have. There is still so much I want us to do over the next few weeks. I always get worried this time of year that Summer vacation will be a disappointment for my kids - isn't that ridiculous? I suppose when the boredom starts to hit (and it has hit - hard) I worry that I haven't spent enough quality time with my boys. Silly, I know.
On that note let me share this article I recently read in Newsweek about creativity. After reading it, it's easy to see how boredom can be a blessing in disguise - making way for a lot of creative exploration. I thought this article was fascinating. The authors, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman also wrote Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children ,which I am currently reading, so I was excited when I happened upon this article. So far this book has been a real eyeopener - lots of things we assume about kids get turned upside down here and it's been so interesting to read about the research behind it.
Well, I promised randomness and I certainly delivered, didn't I? And not a single stitch to share *sigh*. I'd like to close with a big huge 'thank you' to the one or two people who have read this far. Please feel free to share you own boredom busting ideas and/or any great books you have read this Summer - I would love to hear about both!