It was T--H--I--S BIG (picture me in the best fisherman's pose with arms out stretched)!!! But, you'll just have to take my word for it, because . . . it wasn't, really.
- three full days of school,
- one full day of birthday celebration,
- lots of "spare" time to organize and clean,
- one full day of relaxed fun as a family to kick off a three day weekend.
- two half days of sort-of school,
- two half days of recovery from crazy week,
- half day celebration,
- running here and there,
- more trips to the doctor,
- weather too cool to be allowed in July when the kids just want to swim all day
But, even when plans stray from those best intentions, a good week can be had, just not the week I had expected.
We did still have our summer trio: garden, reading, and fun.
Garden -- almost the end of the strawberries. I successfully made a batch of jelly and hope to try another one. I am VERY proud of this accomplishment. And, it tastes good. But, another thing you'll just have to take my word on. The peas and beans are growing, I saw some basil peeking up. Finally seeming like summer, despite the temperatures dipping into the low 50's.
Reading -- we actually had time for silent reading this week. I love that. Something about a stretch of quiet with everyone propped up in their place with a book. The littles enjoy a book on CD, and the rest read on our own. Doesn't last much more than 20 minutes, but I savor it anyway. No new books to share, but looking forward to a couple new ones soon.
Fun -- Blake's baseball team came in first in their division. They played a pretty good last game, and it was good to end on a strong note.
- Spent a morning at Chuck E Cheese celebrating Nathan's birthday with some friends. He had a blast. Chuckie was out for about 5 minutes and I think Nathan gave him about 15 high fives in that time, while Brooke hid quaking in the tunnels waiting for him to leave.
- Played at a park without sweating up a storm. There are definite advantages to not having the typical scorching weather.
- Enjoyed an abbreviated family game night. We played Word X-Change which involves matching letters and then rearranging and adding letters to make new words. I enjoyed it a lot, that's my kind of game.
Next week, I think I will try to keep my expectations a little more in step with summer plans. Just spending these fleeting days together is what matters. I know we get to enjoy fireworks together tomorrow and then church on Sunday. Should be a great weekend!
Enjoy more weekly wrap ups.