We have tried many activities with Gretchen in hopes of finding some kind of sport that she enjoys doing. I was never much of a team sport kind of kid preferring to ride my bike, roller skate or swim. Gretchen picked cheer leading so she could be with her best friend (who does not go to her school). I was never a cheer leader so I don't quite get it but it seems to be VERY popular in suburbia. I don't remember it being like this growing up in the city but perhaps I never noticed. Anyway, she seems to like it. They practiced three times a week until school started and have had their first game. It is a huge commitment of time and effort so I hope she likes it. If not, there is always archery.....
This summer has been crazy! We didn't do any birthday parties but yet
we seemed to be busy a lot! A family of five makes it difficult to do
anything on the cheap so we have several passes this year that we did
our best to maximize: Six Flags (of course), Brookfield Zoo, MSI and
Field Museum. So, almost every weekend, we went to one of those
places! We also went to Six Flags St Louis and camping. One of our
last (or second to last) outings before school started was our annual
Cubs game with the kids. They are getting better and better at
tolerating the whole weird atmosphere (sitting in the nosebleed section)
and at honing in on their taste for junk food. Gretchen has a list of
food she "needed" to eat at the park which included: hot dog, ice
cream, cotton candy and peanuts. The boys were not as bad but they did
enjoy quite a bit of cotton candy! We have one more day off before
school start so we may have one more outing left in us though I am not
sure I will survive it!