At the beginning of the summer, I swore that I would make full usage of my gym membership, blog more and get back to my love of cooking. Well, I did none of those things and yet I feel like the summer was a success. Instead, I got back to my love of rock climbing, cleaned out our garage and did a lot of bodywork (acupuncture and massage).
Miles was also a terrific reminder of so many fun things that I had put to the side when I got married and had a kid. He saw a video of scuba divers and wanted so much to be able to do that. I told him that he was too young as of now (he's not even really swimming yet) but that we would get some snorkeling equipment and he could do that. Getting him his own equipment inspired me to get out my old scuba gear. I showed him how to swim down with the snorkel and clear out his breathing tube. He really took to it and is very comfortable floating with his face in the water, breathing through the snorkel.
He has also shown interest in rock climbing. When we go anywhere that has an easily climbable rock, he is quick to want to scramble up. So I made plans with a rock climbing friend to take him to the gym and give him his first experience with all the gear. I'm really excited! I hope he loves it!
We had our first camping expedition to Big Basin Redwood State Park. Miles has been wanting to go camping since he first read "Fred and Ted Go Camping" over a year ago. We planned just one night so that if he liked it, we would leave him wanting more and, if he didn't like it, we wouldn't be tortured by an unhappy child. The results were fantastic. While he really didn't like the windy drive to the park, he loved the whole camping experience, including hiking/biking the trails, making a campfire, toasting marshmallows and wearing glow sticks at night. We are planning to go again before the summer is over, maybe even bringing along a friend and his family.
As we got to the park and were heading to the park headquarters to check in, something prompted Miles to say, "Mommy, I love you so much." Of course, I told him how much I loved him. This interchange was overheard by a woman walking by who turned and said, "Oh, that is so cute!" I could only nod my head. That's my boy.