This week, our first official full week of summer, has been intense. Amongst other things, the big ticket items this week have been a week of Lehigh Basketball Camp (aka ‘Heaven on Earth’ for Kyle and Owen), and Year-End-Ballet-Show-Rehearsal-Week (aka ‘crrraaaazzzyyyyness’ for Meera). To pull this week off required a lot of prepping, coordinating, driving, and basic-hard-core-parental-commitment on the part of Braydon and me. Luckily, our babysitter from last summer, Ryan, was able to help us round out the edges around here, while we were in limbo waiting for our Summer 2012 Babysitter to begin this coming week (thank you Ryan!!!!). Anyhoo….. all is well that ends well: It is Friday night and Meera is currently with Braydon at her final dress rehearsal (the big show is Sunday), and the boys are at home with me. They are sitting on the couch, watching a movie, eating macaroni-and-cheese, and drinking milk. They are completely exhausted from one of their best weeks ever, and they are feeling pretty good about life right now– having had so much fun (non-stop basketball in the first mega-heatwave of the summer = absolute FUN for them), the icing on the cake was coming home from the award’s ceremony today with 5 awards between the two of them– Kyle got three, and Owen got two– just to put this in perspective, there are very few awards given out (it was kind of embarrassing how many the J-M boys racked up). As for Meera, well, she is sort of sick of watching her brothers play sports and win awards (it has been a long year of that for her, and she’s got a looooooong road ahead of her). So we focus as much as possible on her sheer delight in the simple pleasure of having something just for her, her getting to wear an amazing “Flower” costume, and anticipating her big 3 minutes on stage. There will be a big bouquet of roses at the end of it, presented to her by her big brothers, I can assure you of that.