To be truthful, the girls are not excited about staying home and working all day, but it’s going to be a busy summer for them. Natasha is going to be working at all the on-site events, setting up and breaking down, and taking on a new expanded role. By spending more time working in the vineyard, she will better understand the different phases the vines go through. She also will be working in our garden to help harvest the organic vegetables. As for fun, if you know Natasha you know she is passionate about books. She has a stack of them ready for her to escape into.
As for Jordan, she has a summer of song, including a music camp with Aaron Meyer in Portland. She will be performing at the Artful Giving Blanket Concert in July in Troutdale and the Linfield Orchestra Benefit at Youngberg Hill. She will not be involved in the events at the vineyard as much as her sister and will be working alongside her in the garden. She is learning some aspects of the vineyard, but gets more engaged at harvest time.
For Aspen, it will be a summer of play. Not that the other two won’t get their play time in, but other than going along with her sisters and learning to swim without her floaty, she has no planned activities. We do have some family time speckled throughout the summer.
There will be plenty of time for the girls to play, explore, and learn all summer. Our goal as parents is to ensure that by August the girls are dying to go back to school simply to avoid manual labor. While they may not appreciate it now, their summer chores will give them a keen sense of responsibility and work ethic, and at least an appreciation for the deliberate process of growing quality grapes.