May 27

Summer, day 1

Today was Naomi’s first day of summer break. Somehow, I feel like I’m on sumer break, too. No keeping up with homework or spelling words or reading lists. No setting an alarm clock in the morning (even though Sarah inevitably woke me up at 6:30 this morning anyway!) I am looking forward to summer. For one thing, I am not moving while 8 months pregnant, so this year is almost guaranteed to be easier than last!

Tim has been faithfully getting up at the crack of dawn for a few weeks now, so that he can have some quiet time before the rest of us wake up and start creating noise and chaos.  So, this morning, when Sarah woke up at 6:30 a.m., I just brought her out to the living room and gave her to Tim and went back to bed so that I could rightfully sleep  in on the first day of summer vacation (Thanks honey!) I got up at 8:30, just in time to put Sarah down for her first nap, ha. Then I headed out to tackle our flower beds. The previous pastor’s wife planted huge flower beds all around the parsonage’s front and back yards. I, on the other hand, have never planted anything. My parents gave me a plant once, when we bought our house in Alabama, and it died…I was so embarrassed I eventually threw it out, pot and all.

I spent about an hour and a half raking out the flower beds, just trying to clean up all the old leaves and twigs and tumbleweed. Tumbleweed is everywhere out here! I’m sure I also pulled up a few good plants…but, a plant that is going to survive in my garden is going to have to be able to handle more than a few tugs from a rake.  The wind blows all kinds of things through the yards. A few weeks ago, Naomi drew a picture for her friend who lives down the street. She went over to her friend’s house and they were not home, so she left the picture on the doorstep. Of course the wind blew it away. Well, I found it the other day cleaning up the yard! It blew across the street and up against our fence. It is now on our piano. Still hasn’t made it to the neighbor 🙂

So I am not sure at all if the flowers are ever going to bloom again, but we are trying. Tim got out this afternoon and cleaned out two flower beds, removing the weeds (or at least we are pretty sure they were weeds).

The kids ran in and out of the house all day. It is NOT HOT here. I can’t believe how different the weather is from Alabama. I actually got cool this afternoon and shut the window!

Sarah was quite crabby this morning and just wanted to be held, nurse, and sleep. Very unusual behavior for her. Teething? Coming down with a cold? No fever yet.

We are planning our first trip back to Alabama. We’ll be leaving after church on June 12 and arriving in Alabama on June 14. Part of me is looking forward to the road trip with 3 kids: am I crazy? I flew out here when we moved, so this will be a new drive for me. I enjoy road trips because let’s face it, you don’t have to do the dishes when you’re driving. I’m trying to come up with a good stack of books to take with me.

I am so excited about going back home. I think the coming visit has brought on a new round of homesickness. I can’t wait to see my family again, visit with friends, and go to the BEACH!



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