29 August 2009

I said no

The other day I got a phone call from someone who had just taken over the Girl Scout troop assignments. We put Goosey on the waiting list about a year ago, and she wanted to know if we were still interested. She said that there weren't any open troops at the time, but if I'd be willing to start a Daisy troop that would solve the problem. I responded very honestly,

"I'm all volunteered out."

And she was completely awesome about it. She told me how her oldest is in high school this year and she's found that no matter what school she's at it's the same six people who volunteer to do everything.

I won't go on about how many things I volunteer for, but believe me when I say my church commitments alone would make most people's heads spin. I'm just grateful that I had that short interaction with someone who gets it and who didn't try to guilt me into anything. So refreshing!

27 August 2009

Added bonuses

Yes, we went on vacation to see our new little nephew/cousin. But, there were lots of added bonuses. For example, Papa's hats made for great Indiana Jones play.

At the Cherokee Museum Goosey volunteered to act as interpreter. Too bad she doesn't speak Cherokee.

The Arkansas Air & Military Museum was awesome. The kids got a special treat because some volunteers doing maintenance let them "fly" a huey and tour the learjet.

And, of course, there was lots of swimming in Grammee's pool.

But, at the end of it all, the highlight was having all five cousins together.

This is why we went

My newest nephew, Tayte. Even at three hours old he was adorable.

12 August 2009

I can't afford not to

Today was our last official outing for the summer. We went to the fire station and it was fabulous. Most of our outings have fallen under the fabulous category this summer. I am so, so grateful that I've been able to spend this time with my kids, especially Goosey, before she heads back to school.

Why am I grateful? Because in a few weeks she'll be absent from our home for seven hours each day. Seven hours! She sleeps 10-11 hours a night, so that leaves me only 6-7 waking hours with her. That's not a lot of time. There's so much I'm trying to teach her. So much I want her to know, feel and understand. So much I want to arm her with as she confronts her battles with the world each day.

And then there were those summer outings--everywhere we went we saw groups of children in matching t-shirts. Children from toddlers to tweens, bustled off to camp or daycare for the summer. Children left in the care of others, often teens or young adults, for most of their waking hours. My heart ached for those children and their parents.

Summer should be spent together; going on little outings, family vacations, gardening, doing crafts, reading books. I fully admit that there are times when camps or daycare are necessary. But, there are also many times when it could be avoided.

Most of our neighbors think we're a little crazy. We have three kids and I'm a stay-at-home mom. How can we possibly afford it? I say, "How can we not afford it? I only have 18 years to prepare these little people to be out on their own." I will gladly forgo a second car, cable, a cell phone with a data plan, big vacations and dinners out if means that I get more time with my kids. Because really, what more could I possibly hope to earn than the love of confident, capable children.

09 August 2009

End week 5, begin week 6

Phew! Busy week that week 5.
  • canned 400 lbs of macaroni & 50 lbs powdered milk
  • FHE with an elderly sister in the ward
  • swam at the lake
  • planetarium show
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • picked blueberries
  • Primary Activity
  • schoolmate's birthday party
And that's just the "fun stuff" that the kids got to participate in.

Week 6 will include
a splashpad park
swimming at the lake
a visit to the fire station
packing for a major road trip
embarking on said road trip
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