Happy Father’s Day, everybody! As you’re reading this, I am probably packing furiously for music camp tomorrow. (I’m so excited, because I get to spend a week at camp with my cousin!!)
But, besides being a day to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, and uncles, it’s also the first day of summer! Woop-woop!
To be fair, I live in the South, so it’s been summer since March, but it’s the thought that counts!
Today, I am going to be covering five of my favorite things about summer! So let’s jump in!
There’s nothing quite like being immersed in water and waggling your arms and legs around until you’re so hungry, you could eat a whole pig. I love swimming! We’ve already been to the pool around three or four times this summer (although I only went once because reasons), and I remembered why it’s not higher on my list. My ears are freaking water magnets. If I go underwater once, there is water stuck in my ear for a week or longer. It’s kind of annoying.
And no! Don’t go down to the comments like, “Mia, you could just wear ear plugs when you go swimming. Problem solved!” Ear plugs hurt my ears like no other.
Okay anyways. Next!
We used to go to the beach every summer with my dad’s side of the family and it was a blast! The last time we went was when I was eight or nine, and we haven’t been there since. Of course, it’s hard (not to mention expensive!) to go to the beach with eight kids, so that’s understandable.
Another thing we do is go camping up in the mountains! With my dad’s side of the family!! XD We’ve been to Cloudland Canyon, High Falls, and Fort Mountain. (Fun fact: Fort Mountain was where I lost my first tooth, caught my first butterfly, and saw my first [and only] bear! No seriously, a bear walked through our camp.) And it seems that, every time we go camping, my mom is pregnant. We always joke that we can’t go camping unless she’s pregnant XD
Last year, since we were in the midst of COVID, we weren’t really able to do anything. But, Dad surprised us one day with a trip to his sister’s house, so we spent a day with cousins and had a good time!
3. Writing and Song-Writing
Since it’s summer, I always have a lot of free time (after June. June is always busy.), so I use that free time to work on my novel(s), play scripts, and, now, blog posts! I also write songs, since I always seem to have more inspiration in the summer.
2. No School
I don’t think this one needs any explanation.
1. Drama Camp
I. Love. Drama Camp. So. Much!! It was started in 2019 by on of our co-op friends, Linda. (That’s not her real name. I changed it because privacy.) The arts council agreed to give her a chance at directing a show for kids, and she texted my mom about it, since we’d participated in a Drama Club she’d offered for a few weeks. We were so excited! We signed up immediately. I have never had so much fun in my entire life. Throughout the whole month of June, 27 kids, ranging from ages 6 to 18, put on a production of Into the Woods, Jr.!
(I played “Little” Red Ridinghood, if you were curious.)
They weren’t able to do it last year because COVID, but this year, it returned with a production of Godspell, Jr.! We just finished the second week of rehearsals, and I am, unfortunately, going to miss the entire third week, because I have music camp. And the third week is choreography week. And I have to learn all the choreography during tech week. Thankfully, I have friends who will show me where to go.
(If anyone is curious, I sing the “All Good Gifts” solo, one of the “Light of the World” solos, and a solo that the directors added in “Finale”. I also play the Shy Child, one of the Masters, and a goat.)
I absolutely love Drama Camp, and it helped me finally figure out what I want to do when I grow up! Be a carpenter!
Just kidding! I want to do musical theater when I grow up.
I’m excited for our show in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to see how it goes! And I may or may not be planning a very special post after it’s all over……😁
So yeah, those are my top five favorite things about summer! I’m so excited to find out what other fun activities we’ll do in the next couple of months! What are some of your favorite things about summer?
Thanks for reading!