:: a field trip to Seattle with 50 other homeschool friends, aboard the Amtrak. We loved the 2 1/2 hour ride each way, along the shoreline. We spotted many great blue herons, beautiful scenery, and a scavenging bald eagle along the beach. When we arrived, we broke into groups and enjoyed Seattle on foot. We hung out with a favorite family - our kids all match up in age and gender. The older girls spent a good chunk at the Art Museum, while we took the younger crew to the Aquarium and a delicious Brazillian restaurant. (Oh my goodness, a new favorite place!) We wandered Pike Place, Native American art displays, and quaint shops, then headed home on the train with sore feet and views of the sunset.
:: 15 yards of dirt. Oh my. I have blisters, bruises and sore muscles, but the transformation of our side yard will be worth it! Poor Keston has the junkiest view out her bedroom window, and I set out to improve that as much as I could this week. There will be a grassy patch and a tiny garden. My first garden intended primarily for cut flowers. If only I had a before and after photo!
:: Awards Night at Awana. It was great to see all the kids with their proud parents as they received their awards for working hard all year. Mady and I have served as leaders this year, and it was touching to hear the sweet comments made about Mady and the other teen leaders, who are on such good paths with their lives. I am so proud of her! Jenson and Keston, too!
:: An 8 hour play date for Keston at a friend's house. The mom is a veteran homeschooler, and gave me great advice when I was worried a little about next year. We will be off-campus next year (no twice a week classes, but a more traditional type of homeschooling), and I wanted to make sure to provide consistent opportunities for the kids with their friends. While I know socializing isn't even a concern, I do want to give them a chance to have deep, impactful friendships. My friend's great advice, was that each Friday, she lines up a playdate for each kid for the upcoming week. So simple, yet brilliant! Just being intentional should do the trick!
:: Game Night at our house with Mady and a few of her friends. It worked out so well, we all agreed to make it a monthly event. Mady's friends are just a joy to have around the house. They are wonderfully tolerant of the younger ones! I am already looking forward to next month with them here.
:: A nice dog taking up residence at our house while her owners were away. She is such a great dog, and Jenson is so responsible with her, it has made us consider getting a dog. If only we could just have that actual dog that is already so well-trained and gentle!
:: A mountain of laundry, (seriously, a mountain), that sat unfolded all week while we had such beautiful weather and busy schedules.
Isn't it ironic that when things are winding down for the school year, it is suddenly so busy?