Summer is flying by and as always, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what I’d planned to do. I’ve gotten a few driving lessons in with my eldest. That is one scary ride. I’ve had to have her come to a complete stop in a few of her turns to avoid collisions with a guard rail, our mailbox, and just plain jumping a curb at an intersection. I’m not sure why I’m working toward her license. I foresee a lot more empty parking lot time.
The chores are coming along. The kids now have folding their own laundry back, and I’ve checked the drawers – they’re actually doing it. They’re changing their sheets and it’s wonderful to have gone from four sets of sheets to change to one. My middle child always (and that’s not an exaggerated ‘always’) has armfuls of pillows and animals on her bed as well as her sleep mask, usually a robe, and who knows what else. Changing my youngest’s sheets involved stepping on things and pushing numerous other items out of my way as I walked around his bed. They’ve each learned how to clean two-thirds of their bathroom. The remaining third comes next week. I figured if I divided that chore up it wouldn’t seem so awful. Mostly we’re working on the things which directly relate to them and we’ll work outward from there. This project won’t be confined to the summer months.
I’m also keeping the school year in mind so that as we establish chores so that not more than one will fall per day. Monday is cleaning the bathroom, Tuesday is laundry, and Wednesday is sheets. There’s room to add on without interfering with homework.
I finally got the little sandwich grill running for my youngest and he made himself grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. He was pretty pleased with himself. I need to get him going on scrambled eggs, which he also loves. The problem is that I have to limit how often he makes these foods, but it’s still working toward more independence in the kitchen. DS seems to be grooving on it, even the chores. I don’t know if it will last, but I’ll take it while I can get it.
We got out to the lake last week and the kids were thrilled to be there. It’s so hard to go these days with two young ladies to plan around. I miss the days when I could just decide to take them swimming without conducting a survey first.
Coming up soon we’ll be going to a dark park. What makes a dark park is the absence of light for a certain mileage radius, I think eight miles, to enhance star gazing. We can’t camp at the park so we have a hotel reservation, but we’ll have to keep an eye on the weather in case we need to cancel. I grew up in the country and when we turned out our yard light you could see so many stars. I can only imagine how much more we’ll be able to see at the park. Too bad we missed the peak of sunspot activity, but maybe we’ll see the Northern Lights anyway. I know, we’re complete geeks.
We recently got to see my sister – she lives several hours away. DH took pictures as all of her crew was at my Moms and as her two oldest are in college, we won’t have many more opportunities for whole group shots. Also, my sister has terminal breast cancer and I haven’t asked her what her life expectancy stands at these days. I do know that her family is in counseling and that she may put in for a trip to Disney through a group like Make a Wish for adults (Dream might be the name). We’re the ones who are counted on for pictures for events so I’ve started tagging pictures with her. It seems morbid, but I want to be ready. I did the same when Dad was getting worse with his cancer. It’s nice to be able to have DH just go put all the tagged pictures in whatever format is needed without a big time commitment.
It looked like rain most of the day but never delivered. I’d better wrap up and go water my plants.