For Alan and David. that is. Started last week, continues for six weeks until mid-September. The two little ones get just three weeks out of kindergarten; they go back on August 23rd.
We were... "dreading" is too strong. But not looking forward to this. Last year we solved the problem by taking a long trip to America, but that's not in the budget for 2010. So, weeks of having the kids just hanging around: suboptimal!
But it hasn't turned out that bad. The boys are getting big enough to amuse themselves, sometimes. A judicious doling out of electronic entertainment goes a long way -- behave yourself all morning, you'll get an hour of Nintendo in the afternoon. We read books; we're about 300 pages into the "good parts" version of the The Fellowship of the Ring. (Totally readable to an eight- and a seven-year-old, if you first read ahead and mark the paragraphs to snip. I love Tolkein's backstory, but you can't really ask a first grader to sit through a couple of thousand words on the history of the Second Age.)
The weather has been weird, weird. July was two weeks of desperate heat followed by two weeks of unbroken rain. (Really. Rain every single day, for two weeks.) Yesterday we had one nice day, and I went out and mowed the lawn, and then today it rained again. I assume this is connected somehow to the heat wave in Russia... anyway, it's very odd.
Leah had her second birthday, aka the last birthday you don't have to make a big deal about. (A two year old has no idea what's going on. A three year old, on the other hand, totally gets it.) It was nice! She demanded cupcakes, and got them.
Job stuff: a whole bunch of job possibilities -- almost all the ones I talked about back in May -- came and went. Some new possibilities, however, have arisen to take their place. None of them will hit before mid-September at the earliest, so there'll be no news on that front for a while.