These last two months have been all about swim lessons for Jenna and getting ready for VBS at our church.
I volunteered to both co-direct and to be in charge of decorations. Momentary insanty or early dementia, you choose. Either way, it has meant that 2 and then 3 days a week for the last two months, the girls and I and some amazingly steadfast volunteers have been tracing, painting and cutting clip art to apply to pieced together and painted murals.
We are doing Outback Express so our entire Sanctuary, foyer and lower fellowship hall have custom made panels for every single wall to turn it into the Australian Outback.
I've recently taken to tracing clip art in my sleep and dreaming of Hugh Jackman.
I will tell you right off that without Rowan, I couldn't do this gig. She is both indispensable and invaluable.
At this point we are in pretty decent shape, somewhere I didn't see us being even as late as last week.
While incredibly disappointed wouldn't begin to describe how I feel about not getting our usual 2+ weeks on Washburn this year, I had resigned myself to the best 3 day mini-camping trip possible. Mike was even going to take those days off and spend them as a family on our beloved island. I then discovered that the "Night of Worship" special music night is the first night of our 3 days. Something impossible for him to get out of, even if he wanted to. Crap.
In between all the other activities we have gone to Thursday Park Days with our homeschool gang for fun and fellowship. Rowan spent weeks preparing for a Sunday School skit that finally went on last week, and we've had some great times around the pool with friends. Mike has been doing a Thursday night paying gig playing campfire music at a local motel and the girls have been going with him and having a grand time and s'mores.
We've had visits from friends, evenings with family, morning visits from a rafter of turkeys and evening visits from a gaze of racoons. Jenna had strep throat and was down for a full week with a fever and Rowan had something going one that involved a high fever but responded quickly, thank God, to antibiotics.
We've spent some time on the beach, almost had to since we paid for the beach sticker to get to swim lessons, and it was almost enjoyable. Even with my hatred of both sand and sunscreen.
We spent a week volunteering at the 4H kitchen during the Barnstable County Fair, cooking, serving and selling. It was often over 100 degrees in that kitchen, whew!
School is on the horizon and we need to order Rowan's BJU Biology. I have to finish scheduling out the first semester and putting all of it in her binder. It took me 7 hours to make Rowan's weekly schedule for Omnibus and history alone! Jenny's is pretty much done. Both girls have ambitious and rigorous years ahead. Their ID cards for the year have been made and laminated, I found the greatest free program to do both those and Mike's business cards.
I am looking forward to this year but I am really not ready quite yet.
Still gearing up both mentally and spiritually, and there are a few lazy, hazy days of summer left to enjoy.