It all started on Thursday with Ben's last day of school. One less kid in school makes me a happy momma. The other boys have 13 days (and numerous big projects to finish) left until they are out for summer. I think I am more excited about it than they are.
Here is Ben "graduating" from his 4K class. His teachers announced, "Ben wants to be a storm chaser but he always manages to maintain a sunny attitude." I thought that was pretty perfect for him. My sunny boy.
On Saturday I started my potting. If you recall my yard last year you will understand what a project I had on my hands. Todd was fishing so while I started on my 40 pots of flowers the kids played in the yard. Two hours into my potting I ran out of soil just in time for a lunch break. Just as the kids were finishing up with lunch Todd came home with more potting soil. We rushed off to take Tommy to a birthday party and then we picked up more plants (hanging bags for the porch, tomatoes, and more perennials for the front). By the time we were done picking out plants it was time to get Tommy.
Soon we were all back home, the boys playing in the woods down the road, and Grace sitting on the patio watching me plant more flowers. A couple of hours passed and before I knew it dinner time was upon us. I finished up all my planting (though I will probably get more flowers down the road), cleaned up my mess, and then cleaned up my kids. Each kid got a shower (playing in the woods is dirty work) and then I took a shower too (planting is dirty work). I got a bad sunburn on my shoulders and back from all my time out in the sun. Oops. Funny how I slather my kids with sunscreen but completely forget about myself.
By bedtime I was pretty exhausted but looking out at my patio makes me think the sunburn and exhaustion were worth it.
When I came back we all hustled to get ready for church. Immediately after church we went to Todd's folks' house for brunch. What a treat to have such a tasty meal that I didn't have to prepare. It was wonderful. I did the clean up in the kitchen while Todd cut the grass and his mom put the kids to work picking rocks out of her garden. It was an absolutely beautiful, warm day and we all enjoyed each other's company and being outside.
We got back home and since it was so hot outside we thought we would try out our new sprinkler. It was a hit!
This weekend had all the makings of a fun summer. It had hot weather, lots of time outdoors, flowers, sprinklers, a nice run outside, time with family, two nights in a row of grilling out, and a big blockbuster action movie. It was wonderful.
The weather is much cooler today, it just reached 60 now, but thanks to this past weekend I have enough warm memories to hold me over for a few weeks.