You know what's worse than the end of a weekend? The end of a LONG weekend.
We've had incredibly hot temperatures this weekend and I spent as much time inside as I could to escape it.
I'm tired tonight but my heart is happy after spending three wonderful days with Ian and the children.
Here are a few things that have been going on.
1} Jordan had her Kindergarten Orientation Night at the school this past Wednesday evening. She wore her favourite pink dress and I styled her hair and off we went. She was a little nervous but SO excited. They had little stations all around the gym for the children to participate in. Number recognition, letter/number matching, writing their names and colouring. I was spying on the other kids and was amazed at how advanced Jordan was. Well, until we got to the play doh. She just stood there. I don't like play doh. Not the smell, not the texture, not the endless cleanup and most of all, I don't like when all the colours get mixed together. So gross. People keep giving play doh to the kids and I keep hiding it. But that night I had to touch it to show her what to do with it. Ew.
She's so, so, so excited to start in September. She's been talking about her backpack constantly and I told her we'd go shopping just before school starts and she can pick out her very first backpack herself. Sam and Julie want to pick out their own backpacks as well, so we'll do it all at the same time. I love shopping for school supplies for the kids.
2} Thursday night was Mother/Daughter Night at Girls Club and Julie and I went to that together. She earned a badge for every special event they had throughout the year, and then a special badge for getting all the badges! I was proud of her.
3} On Saturday, Ian and I packed up the last bits of our bedroom and cleaned out the walk-in closet. Feels good to get that done. Ian is going to take a few bags of children's clothing to a nearby church for donation, and then I have a bunch of stuff for the Canadian Diabetes Association to pick up. Purging feels good!
4} Sunday we headed up north to Orangeville for church as Ian was invited to participate in the children's Sunday school program. We dropped him off just after 9am, then the children and I went to McDonald's for breakfast. It was super hot out, but we decided to eat outside. Afterwards we looked around the town for a bit and then went to the church for 10:30. I really enjoyed the worship portion of the service. It had a bit more of a "charismatic kick" to it which I really liked.
After church we went to Ian's parents' house for lunch and Matthew and I had a nap together afterwards. We stopped at Dairy Queen on our way home and it was just such sweet time together.
5} Ian bought some fireworks and as soon as it got dark enough last night, we all went out to the porch and Ian and Sam lit them. Ian had also bought some sparklers and the Jordan was fascinated by them. So fun. We all went for a walk around the block afterwards and sat on the porch for a bit longer before heading in to get the children to bed. One of my most favourite evenings ever.
6} Today Matt and I headed over to my mom's house to visit with her and my sister. Mom is always offering to help me with my laundry so I brought a bag over and did three loads while I was there. Thanks again Mom! I love visiting with her, and I look forward to the day when I'm a stay at home mom again and can visit her more often.
7} Tonight Ian's best friend, who is closer than a brother, came for a visit. He recently got his doctorate (?? PhD?) and is now Dr Gary! Awesome. We are so incredibly proud of his hard work and determination.
8} All my shows are ending, which is a good thing because I'm usually too tired to stay up to watch them.
9} It's almost 11pm and people are still setting off fireworks. Crazy.
10} The children only have 5 or 6 weeks of school left and they are beyond ready for summer break. I'm hoping to be home with them this summer but we'll see.
11} Matthew got his first tooth this past week but he doesn't like me looking at it. I was trying to show my mom today and he wouldn't let her see it. He's going to be a year old in just a few weeks! Where has the time gone? He is a beautiful, daily reminder that the God I love so much is a God of surprises. That His plans for us are bigger than anything we could come up with by ourselves. All of that wrapped up in one sweet little boy. God is good.
12} My workload was increased last week, and then on Friday it doubled. Oh, and I got a raise :-) I think they're getting ready to choose which of the two of us they are going to present an employment offer to, and to be honest, I hope they pick the other guy. He has been trying to break into this line of work for years and no one will give him an opportunity. He kind of fell into this assignment, loves it there and he really needs this job. Obviously I do too, but I have a lot of experience and I'm sure I could find work with another company. Waiting to see what God does with this.
13} I've started writing in my gratitude journal again. Focusing on my blessings reminds me that God continues to be at work around us and keeps my heart healthy. Still working on limiting how much garbage I put into my mind, and taking inventory of the status of my heart. I love how a bible verse will come to my mind as soon as I wake up, or while I'm going through my day, and I love that I'm spending more time with Him, talking and praying. And, excrutiatingly slowly, surrendering.
Alright then. It's late and 6:30 am rolls around pretty quickly so I'd better wrap this up.
Hope you had a great weekend :-)