Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The summer has sped by on wings. School starts tomorrow for our girls, but today they have assessment tests at 8:20 a.m. No more sleeping in for Kristen and her kiddoes! She begins school next week as well, so we have to figure out our schedule when I will have the littles.
DC went back to work yesterday. When the six weeks began, I thought it seemed like a long time. It was such a blessing in disguise - he and the big girls had so much fun together. They went to the beach, to a pool, to the pottery shop to make a cup and a plate, bike riding, played soccer and Frisbee, went to Estes Park (where they played mini golf, drove bumper cars, and played tourist). He really bonded with the babies. He got so much done in the yard. This man will have no trouble staying busy in retirement! He is working three day weeks now. However, the company is still in a real slump, so we don't know what will happen next. It is tough to watch a company that has had nothing but upward success suddenly struggling. Especially since the owners are such good friends who have employed so many from our church who were desperate for jobs.
Last Thursday DC and I went on the senior adult monthly get-together - their annual cook-out in the mountains. I have to say that it is hard for me to realize I am eligible for this group. Yet, I have absolutely no problem asking for the senior discount at any given restaurant! One of the hardest parts is being in the social group with my parents. But they are great folks (many of whom I have known since I was a young young adult) and it was enjoyable. One couple invites everyone up to the spot where they park their camper, and they supply the food and do all the work.
I didn't take any scenery pictures this time, but had a great time watching the hummingbirds. I've never had any success photographing them before, but these little guys were very cooperative. Please indulge me - I couldn't decide which ones to eliminate, so am sharing quite a few. If you double click, you can see amazing detail and coloring.
This one was taken with just the regular setting, before I changed it to the setting for children in action. Children and hummingbirds have a lot in common, I guess - constant motion!
I have this entire week without children. I made a rather long list of all the things that I've neglected this summer when I've had them every day. I knocked off quite a few today and it feels good. But I have left the worst to last - getting my banking caught up. I do it on line and you'd think I could do it daily, wouldn't you? But I procrastinate terribly - something I never did when I was employed. But - tomorrow, tomorrow.
You know those magazines that come with the week-end newspapers? I always enjoy reading the question/answer portions the most. There was one this week that I had never thought of before, but it is fascinating. Have you ever thought of the fact that the last boy to live in the White House with his father, the president, was John-John Kennedy? Think about it - every president after JFK has had only daughters (Johnson, Nixon, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama) or sons who were already grown (Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush). Interesting!
Please keep praying for Feisty - she has her ups and downs, but is mostly very proud of herself.