Summer School will be loads of fun this summer with my (not so little anymore) Idaho William. We picked up a couple ukuleles from Dunkley Music in Boise, and checked out some chord and music books from the library. We also have started watching Youtube videos about how to play the ukulele. We will be learning to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow and It's a Wonderful World. We watch this video every day too, and every single time I listen to it my eyes swell up with tears. It fills my heart up with love, or as it would be said in the islands it fills William and I with the Aloha spirit. These songs have always done that to me. My sweet boy wants to learn to play these songs. When I was very little I had a music box that played Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and I played with it all the time,and carried around with me, and to school during Kindergarten and first grade. One of my grandfather's favorites songs was What a Wonderful World. I am excited to learn to play these songs with William, and that my eleven year old wants to do a duet with me.
We picked up a set of audio discs from the library to learn how to speak Hawaiian. So far it is pretty challenging, and we are planning to learn at least a few words and phrases.
We have begun Google searching authentic Hawaiian food recipes, and will decide on a couple things we want to make.
We are almost halfway through the book Kauai Tales by Frederick B. Wichman. It's eighteen stories related to Kauai's history, phenomena, and mythology. William and I read a little of it each day, and he writes the stories when we are finished reading. He is really looking forward to seeing the Sleeping Giant when we go on an adventure expedition.
We also bought a travel book to learn about the island, become familiar with maps, make a list of things we would like to do and see while we are visiting Kauai. We also have some other books to learn about plants, animals, and the ocean life around the island.
Starting today we have picked up where we left off last summer with learning about Idaho's Craters of the Moon, and are learning about the volcanoes of Hawaii. Then we will build a volcano.
I spotted a bag of Kauai coffee at the grocery store, and although it's not my typical organic coffee, it is soooo yummy.
I don't think we will want to leave the island once we get there. Idaho William may have to become Hawaii William. ;)
Jessica and William