Last day of school for both my girls today. Then it is LONG summer break. I know both my girls are looking forward to it very much.
Summer is never complete without water play. Sophie has all sorts of plans to get herself wet: swimming at Colvin Center Outdoor Pool, water park, and waterslide at Summer on the Plaza. Another major event is that she will go to the Advanced Program in Chicago Suzuki Institute for the second year. The most exciting part is that Hannah, who started cello lesson with Sophie 5 years ago, will join Sophie at the camp, which means they will be together for more than 10 days, playing cello, talking and laughing, eating and sleeping, and catching up with each other. I just don't know how they will handle all the excitement! Girls this age! When they decide to go crazy with each other, I have to remind myself, "Okay, that's what I normally don't get to see around the house, but that's also my baby, and she's growing up!"
For Laura, it's Quartz Mountain that she's looking forward to. It's an honor to be accepted second year in a row, and I just wish she could have a great time (well, she always does), and come back with more than what's she's looking for. Other than Quartz, I guess she'll have to figure out in summer how to live without her cat. She's going to OSSM for her junior and senior year, which means she only gets to come home every weekend. While I am not sure if Ava will mind at all, my young cat lady will definitely feel lost if she cannot "her furry ball" to cuddle after a day's hard work.
I hope girls can spend more time together this summer. As I'm sure little Sophie will not experience empty nest syndrome as I already have, she'll definitely miss her sister's hilarious monologue on dinner table which never fails to send her down to the floor. And bed time snack? I'll have to try really hard --- Sophie always says Laura makes the best ramen noodle!
For me, two graduate courses in summer along with two research papers will keep me up at night again. As long as my eyes don't give me too much trouble, I'm looking forward to the quiet study time late into night very much!