This year both kiddos had swim lessons, not just Dashiell as had been the case in years past. Dashiell was finally in a "real" swim class, where the focus was less on getting used to the water and more on moving yourself through it. He did so great, and he LOVES to go swimming now. Aurelia was in the "mommy and me" class, which means I got to go swimming too! She also did pretty good, but about 15 minutes in to each class she would decide that she was DONE, and wouldn't want to do any of the lessons. She was fine still hanging out in the water, but wanted to do her own thing. That's my headstrong little girl!
Dashiell swimming on a noodle
Hanging out on the playground equipment between classes
For fun, check out this picture of Aurelia hanging on this same bar last summer:
I unfortunately don't have any pictures of Aurelia in the pool since I was always in the pool with her. Next year!
So, a long time ago when Dashiell was in preschool, his school held a silent auction fundraiser. I bid on a couple of things, and of course "won" both. Didn't expect that! But one of the things I won was a pass for the Ecotarium in Worcester. We then promptly forgot that we had this pass, and over a year went by before I found it while digging through some papers on the desk. So finally we made it there! And it was a really good take! There is a ton of stuff to do and explore, and the kids had a blast!
Bubble popping fun!
Indoor rock climbing!
Wall of mist!
In addition to the activities shown, there were animal shows, a hurricane simulator, big kinetic sculptures both inside and out, and a few things we didn't even get to try out, like the tree canopy walkway (complete with zip lines), the explorer express train (currently not in operation), and the planetarium. My only suggestion to anyone planning to visit the Ecotarium is to bring your own lunch or snacks - the only food the cafeteria has is of the vending machine variety.
The Great Race!
Earlier this summer, our fair city of Lowell was part of an endurance car race called The Great Race! So of course we had to go downtown and check it out! I'm still unclear about how this race works - as far as I can tell each car has their own goal times to make it from city to city down the East Coast, and the car that does the best with those goals wins. Or something like that. Anyway, Lowell was a stop on this race, so there were a TON of old cars about, plus a kids' play area and a parade of the cars involved in this race. It was really neat!
Cool old car
Aurelia meeting "Lowla" - Lowell's mascot bear
Dashiell running away from Lowla
Hula-hooping in the kids' area
Totally random summer fun!
There are so many other things that we did, too! And we have pictures to prove it!
We celebrated Nana's birthday!
We played at the lake!
We went on a nature hike!
We went to the beach after our nature hike!
We stayed up late to see the Super Moon!
And we did many, many other activities! All in all, it was a fantastic summer, one that every summer after this will have to try hard to live up to!