My Eugene Summer Routine 2016

I love my summers with my parents in Eugene.  It couldn’t be any different than our routine in New York, and I love the change of pace both for me and for our family.  Not very glamorous or fashionable or social; but very nature-centered, kids focused, with lots of fresh air. Take a look.

 

I wake up very early and do my morning workout before the kids eat breakfast. I just get up, and do it. Then, after the kids are fed and dressed, I take Cruzzie to camp (in the car). From there, Tusia and I start our day of Tusia-Mama Camp (the oh so exciting camp) which means:

 

Trips to the grocery store...who knew that they could be so exciting?

Trips to the grocery store…who knew that they could be so exciting? And who knew I needed to go most days? (Her cousin Nadia is pictured – Toosh is hiding behind the grocery cart).

Daily swim lessons....twice a week we have TWO swim lessons.

Daily swim lessons at the public pool near my parents’ house….twice a week we have TWO swim lessons.

Trips to the playground.

Trips to the playground.

More playground visits.

More playground visits….this is in my old stomping ground playground, University Park

 

Then, we eat lunch and rest / nap (Toosh dropped her nap 9 months ago, but this summer, we have been napping most days!) and at 2:15 pm go pick up Cruzzie from camp on my dad’s tandem bike for our afternoons together.

 

The daily camp pick up: Tata in front on the tandem, me in the back of tandem, and the kids in the trailer. Except for the ending when I get off and Cruzzie gets to sit up top.

The daily camp pick up: Tata in front on the tandem, me in the back of tandem, and the kids in the trailer. Except for the ending when I get off and Cruzzie gets to sit up top.

 

In the afternoon, we do family activities, such as:

 

Bike rides.

Bike rides.

Swims in the river.

Swims in the river.

Chilly water.

Chilly water.

Lots of family hikes.

Lots of family hikes.

More biking

More biking (in my AWESOME Sawako bike helmet!).  I’m on the back of the tandem with my dad in front. #BikeSafety

More playgrounds.

More playgrounds (chilly mornings here).

River biking.

River biking (on the rare grey day).

More and more and more hiking.

More and more and more hiking.

Sitting....after moving.

Sitting….after moving.

And finally....DINNER.

And finally….DINNER.

 

After the kids crash, we eat dinner, watch the Olympics (which means I fall asleep on the couch) and hit the sack early.  Now that we are fully set into our summer routine, it is almost over…..and I am grieving its end already. I love Eugene summers.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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5 Comments

  1. The photos are so gorgeous! Makes me want to go hiking and scope out the beautiful views in Eugene, Oregon. Thanks for sharing

  2. Eugene summer routine is my favourite!!! I keep trying to get Joe into post dinner tea and desert on a tray! I just want to recreate as much of it as possible my every day life. Miss it and you!! Xoxo

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