Summer 2011 Roundup


It’s been a fairly busy summer here at the International House of Johnson, and much of that business (busy-ness?) is due to a five-and-a-half-year-old boy who—sometime this spring, with the help of his mother—made a List.

On the List: things to do this summer. Here’s a sample:

  • Go camping. Done. We made our annual trek to the Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo early in August. This year, we replaced our 10-year-old tent with a 10′ x 17′ Coleman Red Canyon dome tent. In theory, this three-room palace sleeps eight; I can’t attest to that, but it accommodated three with plenty of room to spare.
  • Go to the zoo. We did this a couple of weeks ago. There were polar bears and elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but no hippos. We were disappointed by the lack of hippopotami, as we parked in the “Hippo” section and were thus primed for them.
  • Go on a train ride. We crossed this one off in late July on the Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson scenic line. If I’m honest, the scenery left a bit to be desired. Kyle and his cousin enjoyed the ride, so everybody was happy. Special guest appearance by Jay Lynn.
  • See a baseball game. Done. Lake County Captains versus the mumblety-mumble Loons. The Captains won, though Kyle couldn’t have told you that after we left the game.
  • Play mini-golf. We’re working on this one; we’ll probably go to Red Mill sometime in the next couple of weeks.

“Go to the movies with dad” wasn’t on the list, but we have seen a few together:

  • Cars 2
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Smurfs

We’re also preparing for kindergarten, and when I say “we” I mean “mostly Laura.” She’s been purchasing school supplies and clothes and occasionally letting me know that we’ve received some manner of communication from the school. From what I understand, we’ll be putting Kyle on a bus sometime next week and—if all goes to plan—he’ll be back later in the day. Wash, rinse, repeat until educated.

That’s what’s been going on here this summer. What have you been up to?


3 responses to “Summer 2011 Roundup”

  1. Greg Avatar

    Captain America is the one movie that I’m sad to have missed. We saw the new Planet of the Apes movie this past weekend, and were purprised to find that it sucked far less than we’d feared. Going in with low expectations really helps.

    1. Kris Johnson Avatar

      Greg » I have little desire to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes in the theater. For all the talk of giving Andy Serkis an Oscar for his mo-cap work as Caeser, I find that Caeser looks very fake to me; something in the face suggests to me that the filmmakers opted to make him look somewhat human, which I find offputting. I’ll rent it at some point, I’m sure, but that face looks fake enough that I don’t want to see it on a forty-foot screen.

      I really enjoyed Captain America, but it rankles me that it got a PG-13 rating (ditto for Thor), putting in the same general rating class as films like The Dark Knight, which are far darker and more violent. I really had no problem taking Kyle to see Captain America (and I’ll let him watch Thor when I pick it up on Blu-Ray), but there’s no way in hell he’s seeing The Dark Knight for at least a few more years.

  2. David Mead Avatar

    We had a similar list for Josh. We wanted to get as much as possible in this year, so we had a few events through the Scouts like a Creekwalk and camping at the Captains stadium.

    We also caught a The Smurfs and KungFu Panda 2 (I know Julie took him to see a couple of other films). I also took him downtown to see The Avengers film set.

    We got there just in time to see Capt. America get blown out of a second floor window, which as cool. That was just after visiting the Mars exhibit at the Science Center.

    We also played Putt-Putt in Willoughby.

    Busy, busy.

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