1. This week has been all about swimming lessons. The girls have had a daily private lesson at 9 a.m., which has gotten us up and about earlier than we ever have reason to be. The girls’ teacher is a young lady who graduated from our first homeschool group. She is a twelve year veteran of a local swim team and comes from a family of swimmers. The instruction has been excellent and the girls have made a lot of progress.
2. Two playdates this week with the same set of friends, one at the splashpad and one at one friend’s house to enjoy her pool, necessitated a cool dessert to take along and share for our indoor picnic lunch. I was trying to think of something that both kids and adults would like–maybe something with Oreos–so I Googled it. This is the recipe I decided to use, only the recipe I found only called for 1/2 cup of confection’s sugar, and that was a gracious plenty. The best part was getting all three kids in the kitchen to help me. 🙂 The company while making the dessert and the company while enjoying it–it was all good.
3. We fired up Lulu’s sewing machine a bit this week for some more practice. The girls practiced making straight stitches and pivots. I’m thankful that Lulu is learning to be generous with the use of her machine. I’m also thankful that I have my mother to call on for help with it! The kids and ran into a local sewing shop yesterday and picked up what looks like it will be an easy girls’ dress pattern, and Lulu is champing at the bit to get started on it. I’m cautiously excited about it. I don’t find sewing intuitive at all, so this will definitely be a labor of love for me. What I’m most excited about actually is being able to make both girls more modest (and cute!) dresses, etc., than we have been able to find at the mall.
4. The kids and I rode out and spent most of the morning with my parents and had lunch with them. The temperature has been brutal here this week (highs in the 100s but low humidity, which is an unusual blessing), so they were working to get their corn in before it dried completely up. My dad retired a few months ago, and it has been a real blessing for him and for us. I’m thankful that I have my parents nearby and can see them almost any time I please. The produce they provide is just a bonus. 🙂
5. I made a bit of time to work on my Project Life album this week. I’m still about a month behind, but I’m determined to catch up in it. Maybe this weekend will be it! We also have our house project to finish that we started on back in the spring. (Does one ever finish such a project?) Steady Eddie and I drove up last Friday to a nearby Amish community and picked up the buffet for our dining room that we had ordered from an Amish craftsman. Now I have to decide how to finish it and do it. Between sewing, scrapbooking, and house re-fluffing, I have plenty of projects to keep me busy, that’s for sure!
It has been a full, full week. Steady Eddie is coming to the end of his busy, busy season at work, and for that I am grateful. I am looking forward to a slower pace for him and lots more family time.
I’m taking a little blogging break next week in order to work on some of these projects (not to mention school planning!) I will be around for Read Aloud Thursday, but that will be it for the Hope Is the Word next week. Have a blessed Independence Day!