Saturday, July 16
Ember spent a full week with us and M took the best care of her. She was a great house guest. :)
It was clean out the garage day. The kids spent the afternoon out in the pool and playing in the yard (that got a bit more green).
(They still fit!)
Sunday, July 17
We had people over for lunch after church and the kids spent another afternoon in the pool.
After dinner we had ice cream, because, after all, it was National Ice Cream Day. (And crazy hot out!)
The blue thistle/sea holly is in full bloom. It's such an unusual, yet pretty, flower.
Monday, July 18
It was the first week of VBS at our friends' church and the kids had the best time. It was also one of the first times in a long time that I've been kid-less. I didn't know what to do at first. (How funny is that?) Then I went shopping and had space to think deeply. It was glorious. ;)
It rained a little. (Worth noting.)
Later it dried out and they had popsicles on the deck.
Tuesday, July 19
After VBS, M had another orthodontist appointment to make molds for her mouth expander.
While we were doing all of the desk-moving last week, we decided to upgrade M to a bigger desk. J put it together over the weekend and we spent a few days getting the bulletin boards and a lamp to finish her new work space.
Wednesday, July 20
Oh my--the van has been having some issues. The radiator fan has intermittently not been turning off when we shut off the van. But on Tuesday it wouldn't turn off at all. All day. J put on a battery shut-off switch until it could get fixed on Thursday. That meant that he had to pop the hood everywhere he went to turn off the radiator fan. :)
It was Wacky Wednesday at VBS. (Check out that hair and those mismatched shoes.)
Thursday, July 20
Dave has been elusive all week because he's crazy wary of Ember.
Friday, July 21
The kids were so sad that it was the last day of VBS. And the last day of Ember's stay. But the summer holds a lot more fun. :)
All week long T has been building a submarine in our room. (The theme for VBS was "Submerged.")
(Row 1: flippers, a ring to dive through, the meeting room, a narwhal on the bed, the control room.
Row 2: An observation room with a periscope with blue tape on the top to look like water, another control room, a motorized boogie board, the audience in the meeting room.
Row 3: A touch screen, the boss--Inspector Nancy, the periscope room with the window you can reach through to touch the seaweed, another view of the periscope room and the jellyfish in a jar, a shark and jelly fish on the laundry-covered chair.)
Lately they've been taking videos of us. (Totally inspired by J's home videos.)
The night ended with a church meeting for me and the kids playing Beza's favorite game (Spot It) with J before bed.
Saturday, July 23
We ended a busy day of packing for another fun adventure with a fire and s'mores.
(T built a smoke guard. :)
It was another good, full summer week. :)