Sabbatical weeks 3 and 4 (the second half of June) flew by. With the exception of yoga each day, it felt like I did nothing, and yet I felt I had no time to sit at my laptop to write anything. The two main things to note from those weeks were that a) my follow-up chest x-ray after getting pneumonia showed improvement, and b) Emilia turned 5 and had a lovely little birthday with her friends at a park. It was “under the sea”-themed, and I set up a bunch of kids’ tables for art activities, inspired by the Kidsville craft stations at the Joshua Tree festival: parasol and rock and shell painting, various paper crafts, playdoh and sea slime, make-and-paint your own puzzles… and we also set up her teepee with books for story time. It was a lot of work for a party that I wanted to be “minimal”! Somehow it just never works out that way. But everyone had fun.
We spent the first two weeks of July in Hawaii: the first on Oahu, in Honolulu, and the past week on the Big Island, in Waikoloa Village. I’ve wanted to bring Emilia to Hawaii for some time now, and it was great to get her into the resort pools and the lagoons connected to the beach each day. She’s now a very tan little thing (she thankfully got my genes, not Nick’s). I’ll say, however, that the time change coming back to PST is pretty brutal, which is something we’d never really experienced before in pre-kid times. It’s been a rough transition, but hopefully our inner clocks settle soon.