Monday, July 6, 2020

Summer at the Strand's


Summer at the Strand's is pretty much the same every year. We don't have a cabin, we don't have a bunch of people at our house coming over, we don't have trails or a lake to adventure on. 

What we do have is our little pool, a swing set, and a butterfly cage. There is your proof that you need very little to entertain four kids. 

Every year Olivia becomes The Butterfly Whisperer and she grows a ton of butterflies. I always feel like we should be keeping a tally of how many she grows successfully and releases into the world. She knows their cycle by heart and with the help of her grandpa she has learned a lot about predators and everything that can go wrong with them and what to do. Every week or so she walks down to a place that has milkweed and she looks for new caterpillars and milkweed, brings them home and starts the process. 
We are pretty close to the first butterflies coming out and drying their wings, but until then, Penelope and Lucy are obsessed with every stage of this. 
They watch Olivia all the time and are forever asking to hold them and constantly bugging her about them. It's kind of a cool science/nature project the kids take on. 
I am SO GLAD our pool survived the winter in the shed at the old house, and made it through the move, without getting a hole in it because that would have really sucked. Pools are basically nonexistent anywhere and the ones you can find are outrageously priced. We were going to get a bigger one this year but maybe we'll do that next year because bigger is not happening this year. 
It's fine though because all four kids (and sometimes Matt) can get in the pool. It's not deep by any means, but when it is 90 degrees I suppose it doesn't really matter, right? The kids have spent so much time in it this year so we're getting our money out of it. 
Of course I don't have a finished picture of it, but this summer we did buy a new play set for the yard. It had been on the list even at the old house but we just never got around to it. Then we moved and ended up leaving the swing set for the new owners (who had kids), so that was the catalyst for the purchase this year. 
We also didn't count on corona either so it took awhile to get here, so that was fun. (We also ordered a trampoline that we couldn't buy last summer because they were sold out, so when one became available in February, I bought it. The shipping said we'll get it between July and October, so we aren't even counting on it at this point. Ha!) 

Matt and I have been toying at the idea of buying a smaller RV (like a class C, probably) so we can go camping (easier) or be able to go places with the kids. It has always been a someday thing but with 'rona, traveling is hard when you have to social distance and hotels just don't feel safe at all, and I'm kind of paranoid at this point. 

If you have an RV, give me your tips! We're just researching and trying to learn about what we would need so we can know realistically what we're looking at budget wise. Give me alllll your information. 

4 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sounds like the kids are having a good summer. I don't know anything about RVs, but I do think having one to travel around would be pretty awesome. :) And any type of pool is awesome in this hot hot weather.

-Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.net

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh man an RV would be SO FUN. I have no advice but I fully support you getting one.

We're incredibly lucky to have a pool so life around here is basically spending every nice day by the pool and every rainy day on the screened in porch. And we just purchased a fire table so that we can have fires on the deck.

Snazzytoes said...

I don’t want to rain on your RV parade, but if you think it’s hard for 6 people to live in a house with a yard without getting on each other’s nerves, it;s impossible in an RV. I urge you to look up Youtube videos by people who wish they hadn’t sunken so much money in RV life...and whatever you do, don’t buy a new one. They depreciate so fast and when you want to sell it—which you will— you’ll never get anything near your money back. I would advise you to rent one for a few days. Well worth it, because you will see what it’s really like for your family to survive cramped space with no quiet time possible. I think you might regret it very seriously! I worry for your sanity! Snazzytoes88@Yahoo.com

Snazzytoes said...

I don’t want to rain on your RV parade, but if you think it’s hard for 6 people to live in a house with a yard without getting on each other’s nerves, it;s impossible in an RV. I urge you to look up Youtube videos by people who wish they hadn’t sunken so much money in RV life...and whatever you do, don’t buy a new one. They depreciate so fast and when you want to sell it—which you will— you’ll never get anything near your money back. I would advise you to rent one for a few days. Well worth it, because you will see what it’s really like for your family to survive cramped space with no quiet time possible. I think you might regret it very seriously! I worry for your sanity! Snazzytoes88@Yahoo.com