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This is it – the last busy weekend before the summer, and what a doozy it is. We’ve got a soccer tournament that involves at least three games, hopefully four, over two days at a site that is an hour from home. There is NO going home between games for this one. We have the final piano recital of the year, complete with a recital practice yesterday. We have the Warrior Dash, for which Jim has been growing out his beard since January 1, and for which Jim and I were to run it together.

Unfortunately, this last weekend broke us, and we cried uncle. I dropped out of the Warrior Dash because we didn’t have a babysitter for the kids, so Jim ran it alone this morning. Given the location of the piano recital and soccer tournament and the fact that Jim was three hours north for his run, for which we paid good money, there was no way I could shuttle the kids back and forth between the two events for two days, so we had the kids sit out the recital as well. Why did we choose soccer over piano and everything else? This is Connor’s only soccer tournament of the spring season and will be his last set of games with this team. With tryouts officially over, there is a good chance the team will be shaken up quite a bit for the fall season, and we wanted to make sure Connor was able to help celebrate a winning season with this group of kids. He has lots of opportunities for piano recitals. It isn’t every day he gets a chance to win one of the bigger soccer tournaments in the area. Yesterday, we watched them play their hearts out, even after sitting outside in 95-degree heat all day long, so I know we made the right decision.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to no more after-school activities for a while, no more weekend games or practices. Granted, Connor still has to take piano lessons over the summer, and Holly wanted to take one dance class. Yet, I feel much better about giving up 90 minutes of our free time a week versus the 90 minutes we have been giving up daily since March. Summer vacation is well-deserved this year.

After last week’s excess excitement for Armchair BEA, I kept it low-key this week by focusing on reviews. They happened to include two of my favorite reads for the year, so check them out if you missed them.

I have been a reading fool this year. I am already at 86 books, and the year is not half-over yet! That is an insane pace. I guess all those practices really are good for something. 😉 This week was no exception. Here is what I managed to finish since Sunday.
  1. Vaclav & Lena by Hayley Tanner
  2. Graveminder by Melissa Marr
  3. Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
  4. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  5. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon
  7. The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan
Of course, all of these books means reviews are not far behind. Expect to see reviews for those books scattered throughout the month of June.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have to get ready to leave for games three and four. While one should not have to get up at 5:30 AM on a Sunday (ever), I cannot wait to see how well the boys play today in cooler weather. I hope everyone has a much calmer, more peaceful Sunday than we are!
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