We took a couple of weeks off after Kate finished up school. It was my time to try and organize our lives :) When all of her 2nd grade stuff came, I was gearing up for starting school again on June 15th, but it just wasn't in the cards. We've had two insane weeks and now I have to get ready for our vacation that we are leaving for in two days. This last week began with Father's Day. Breakfast for Joe in the morning (actually he was the one making french toast, because the kids like his better than mine!!!!), and then Kate and I ran off to her Wizard of Oz show and Joe and the boys went to church. I manned the back stage for 3 1/2 hours and got to watch Kate from the wings of the stage. Kind of fun! I've never done that before! The boys literally picked us up from the stage and we drove straight out to the Berryhill's for a Father's Day celebration. The weather was wonderful and the company even better. The kids were catching frogs outside, we all watched Ethan and Hugh's rocket blast off into the sky behind the house and fall into the vineyard... it was a blast :)
We got home that night EXHAUSTED. Only to fill the next week up with a 2 hour physical therapy appointment for Luke (who still isn't walking but really close); swim practice every day; swim team pictures, piano, kumon, basketball, and ENT appointment for Kate to evaluate getting her tonsils removed; playdates; primary meetings and Joe working late every night and then going on an overnight for work. Oh, and to top it off, I had to speak at a Youth Conference for church on Friday and Jen was supposed to watch the kiddos for me and she called saying that they were all sick with strep throat! Poor thing! Thanks to Terra and Chrissy--they were saints. They let Kate and Jake tag along to the zoo with their kids and then later, picked Luke up after his nap (Thank you, Kami!!), and kept everyone until I got home. I feel like the conference went well. It's always makes you feel good when the kids come up and thank you afterwards. I haven't done anything like that in a while and I really enjoyed it. I spoke with them about the importance of having a positive attitude and it was a nice refresher for myself as I taught them :)
After I picked the kids up, we walked to the store to get some stuff for dinner and as we were rounding the corner into our court, Joe was just getting home from work, our neighbor came out to chat and I noticed one of Kate's friends and her mom walking toward us. Wow! Suddenly I realized that Kate had been invited to go skating that night and I had completely forgotten to RSVP. Sigh! What can I do. It's been busy. We hurried in, and I fed her dinner and then while Joe stayed home with the boys, I took Kate to go roller skating with her friend. I realized she'd never done it before and so this would be a new experience to say the least. I was so proud of her! She was so positive and even though she was slower than a snail, she wanted to stay out there and keep practicing. I made us come home a little after 9pm because we had to get up early for a swim meet the next morning. As we were driving home, Kate said, "Mom, I want to really learn how to skate. I was the only one with the "cane" out there and it was a little embarrassing." (They have these skate helpers that are like walkers that you can hold on to). Sweet thing. I guess we need to get to the skating rink a few times this summer!
Swim meet went great on Saturday! Kate got first place in Freestyle! Yahoo!!! We all came home and took a nap. It was well deserved :)