6:23 a.m.--Alarms start going off. People are getting up, eating breakfast, getting ready for school.
7:30 a.m.--Leaving for school. Praying a blessing over each student in the car.
7:40 a.m.--Dropping off Sarah at the junior high. She gets out, steps boldly in front of the car in the other lane, and puts her hand up like a traffic cop. The mom in the other car stops, and we smile at each other about Sarah.
7:45 a.m.--Dropping Noah off at the high school for driver's ed.
8:00 a.m.--Quick trip to Kroger, then settle into my parking spot by the driver's ed door. I do my morning devotions in the car now.
8:50 a.m.--Noah comes out, and we go to We Care, Inc. to load canned vegetables onto a trailer to take to Community Harvest Food Pantry.
10:05 a.m.--Noah's friend's dad offer Noah a job at 1:00 today. He will be helping tear out old flooring and install new hardwood floors. It's a good opportunity to gain real life skills and earn some money, so I adjust the schedule. Now we're going to get math and English done before a long P.E. class at 1:00. Biology, Korean, and history are going on the back burner for now.
12:15 p.m. Lunch break. Vegan quesadillas, cherries, vegan cookie dough dip.
12:50 p.m. Taking Noah to his job site.
2:45 p.m. Time to pick up Sarah, quiz her about her day, and listen to her stories. Her favorite subjects (for today at least) are science, art, and lunch.
3:15 p.m. Homework with Sarah. Petting Shiloh on my lap.
4:00 p.m. Continuing dinner preparations. Veggie and rice stir-fry after Mike gets home and before gymnastics.
5:10 p.m. Taking Sarah to gymnastics.
7:30 p.m. Home. Time to relax and all be together.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
We hiked with friends today. Mike is on vacation this week, so he got to go too!
We started at the upper dells. Noah quickly realized that he didn't wear the right shoes for this treacherous terrain.
He ended up carrying his shoes and hiking in his socks.
We stopped near here to have our picnic lunch.
After lunch, we hiked to the lower dells.
The kids climbed this slippery rock face and slid down the waterfall.
Too old for climbing and sliding, we just enjoyed watching the kids and the beautiful scenery.
Sarah slipped on the slippery rock and cut her chin and inner lip. For some reason, I happened to have a little fist aid kit, so I was able to mop up the blood, disinfect the wound, and bandage it. She washed her shirt when we got home and was glad the blood came out of it.
I crawled through a cave to take a picture of Noah and Liza in the water.
The whole gang.
Sarah and Liza, joined at the elbow, hiking back to the parking lot after a fun day.
I was the only one who brought a change of clothes, and Sarah needed it more than I did, so there she is, dressed like me!