Summer Vacation Begins…
Well. Summer Vacation has begun. The kids are home. The house is in shambles. (Pictured above: an abandoned fort in the family room.) The occasional shrieks that make your heart stop are slowly becoming the norm. We have had two play dates, several minor injuries, numerous tears, one sleepover, watched a lifetime’s worth of old Hannah Montana DVDs with occasional breaks to watch the tried and true Tom & Jerry cartoons of old. I have outlawed DS games, ordered children outside, downstairs, upstairs…We have grooved to the summer CD that I burned, cranked up to 10, made dinner together, gone out for ice cream, and eaten all of the chocolate chip cookies that Jeff made. It hasn’t even been a week.
Yesterday, the kids took one for the team. The first exciting errand they were dragged to was the Vet, Franklin needed his shots. We dropped him off at home and went to the garden store to shop for Jeff’s Father’s Day present. I thought we would buy him a replacement rose for the one that looks dead to me that he planted last year. We ended up buying him a rose-bush that will not need the TLC that a hybrid needs.
We ended up bringing home much more than that:
My husband’s dream is to own an apple orchard. I think we could start out with an apple tree in our yard, don’t you? And why not throw in some blueberries for good measure? Our raspberries are already well on their way to becoming a pie:
I just hope it makes him happy. I am totally excited to see what we get, and when.
After we dropped off our brand-new apple tree at home and ate lunch, we went right back to shopping. My dad’s present needed to be purchased because the celebration dinner was scheduled for LAST NIGHT. We found exactly what he asked for, and decided to look for Jeff’s dad as well. Then, we went to Target to get cards. Let’s just say we were not the only ones there buying cards. Geez. I love that Target has EVERYTHING. So, we got some deodorant and some blueberries and came back home. I promptly began making the blueberry pie. When that was done, it was time to leave to go to dinner! The kids were so sick of shopping by the end. Sarah helped me de-stem the blueberries, and wrapped my dad’s present. He was one happy camper…blueberry pie is his favorite!
Today, I should be baking and cooking. I have a “retreat” to go to tomorrow for my Reading Department. I will only be gone one night, but I am still a bit nervous. I don’t know my colleagues very well, and I just hope it goes okay. I am bringing an egg bake and chocolate chip scones for breakfast on Saturday morning, and some water and cheese and crackers for snacks, oh, and um, some cheetos. I really don’t know what to pack to wear. It will shock you to hear that I am avoiding doing any packing or baking right now. Somehow, it will be done before tomorrow.
The reason this trip was planned was because one of my colleagues suggested beginning a bookclub with our department and it turned into a weekend retreat. The book we read is called The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi Durrow. I really enjoyed this book. It is set in the 1980′s and is about the ramifications of moving from Europe to the United States as a mixed race child. I could hardly put the book down, and it is still with me during the quiet moments of the day. I am excited to talk about it tomorrow, if we do. I think the “bookclub” part might have been forgotten, unfortunately. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone. I would love to hear what you all think!
I am sorry I haven’t written more frequently. I don’t really understand it myself, I have time. It just doesn’t feel like I have much to say. Do you ever feel that way? I know it is part of being in the habit of writing. I should do a little “write a post every day” for a week or two. I know when I do that I am amazed at how much I habitually miss when I am not writing.
I would love to hear what you are thinking about today!