Last week was full of appointments and places to be; this week was much more relaxed. In fact, sometimes the hours seemed to stretch e-n-d-lessly. Jesse has been gone all week, having left early Sunday morning for a mission trip. This is his second year working with Group Workcamps to do home repair to disadvantaged families. This year our youth group went to Athens, Georgia.
On Monday Laurel and I got out the sewing machine and began making a baby quilt for a friend's new baby. Laurel got enthused and pulled out a doll quilt she'd started on back in the winter, and all week she's been adding onto her quilt. Her doll quilt has now become a lap quilt for herself. I knew all that scrap fabric would come in handy one of these days!
Tuesday was spent making my house sparkly in preparation for a baby shower that I hosted here that evening. The shower was lovely, and my house is still clean, four days later!
Wednesday my friend Tammy brought her girls over while she taught a math class in Knoxville, so both the kids had playmates. We went to the pool for a couple of hours when they all started getting a bit restless. I also worked more on the baby quilt and made a book bag for Laurel.
Thursday morning we had our first visit from our new veterinarian. He's a homeschooling Dad in our support group, and he's working on building a house-call visit. This works perfectly for us. Not only is it difficult getting 2 cats and a dog to the vet's office, but our dog has serious vet's office issues anyway. Dr. Jinks was fantastic, and now our animals are all up-to-date with shots and whatever else they needed.
Thursdays are also flute lesson and grocery shopping days, so we don't go to the pool generally on Thursdays.
Today we played a good game of kickball in the morning and spent over 3 hours at the pool this afternoon. Laurel is heading over to a friend's house to spend the night, so Duncan will get to enjoy having us all to himself.
That's about all for this week. Laurel's been busy this week with her quilt, but Duncan does tend to get a bit bored. This is one of his favorite boredom busters:
I always save the leftover science supplies from the Sonlight kits, and every now and then I'll get out the box, add some kitchen items like vinegar, baking soda, and oil, and let Duncan just experiment. He'll do this for a couple of hours with great enthusiasm. After a few years of this, the kits are dwindling down. I really need to just order a bunch of random science supplies.
We've also been playing lots of morning and evening kickball and frisbee. I keep thinking that I need to have a big party and have a rousing game of kickball. Somehow playing with three people isn't quite the same as the neighborhood games of my childhood…
Jesse is due back home tomorrow and then takes off for a week in Florida on Tuesday. I am quite sure that with him being gone 16 days at Philmont, 6.5 days at work camp, and 8 days in Florida, God is preparing me for what our life will be like in just one year, when he goes away to college. I will miss that sweet boy, but I'm happy for his adventurous life.
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