Good morning! Today is the last day of school - late, I know, thanks to hurricane Sandy and the blizzard of the century back in February. My two high school boys had to go in for one final exam. My daughter did not have to go in at all. She is still upstairs asleep and the boys will be waltzing back in the door within the next 15 minutes. I have another boy asleep on the couch whom I am taking to scout camp along with one of my sons. They are both working there this year. Tomorrow I bring my youngest son to start a five day adventure with our church called trek. They live as the pioneers that crossed the plains to settle in Utah. He will be pulling a handcart and wearing period clothing and eating the appropriate foods and bathing in a pond somewhere. Saturday my daughter leaves for Cape Cod with our neighbors and we have to pick up the boys from their various locations, just to bring them all back to camp on Sunday after church.
Let summer vacation begin!
Join Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Happy Homemaker Monday!
Ugh, it is muggy and gross. Today we have a high of 91 with 70% humidity. Could not wait to turn on air conditioner when I came downstairs. The rest of the week will be hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms, which is typical summer weather here. And my three boys will be outside all day.
My couch guest is up and getting his things together. I am waiting for the sound of the bus driving by and the next sounds of two excited boys walking into the house while the dog starts barking and running up the stairs from the basement. Then I get to start barking orders, he he.
That the air conditioner is making the house comfortable and that I will hopefully be able to catch up on housekeeping this summer with two of the boys gone most of the time. Thinking that maybe the living and family rooms will stay clean once I clean them? I have a LOT of stuff to go through. Every closet needs purging.
On My Reading Pile
Finished Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and I really liked it. Now I am reading Helen Bryan's War Brides.
On My TV
Nothing. Watched What to Expect When Expecting on Amazon this weekend. Some funny parts, certainly parts that were very relatable, but kind of silly. Worth watching once, at least if it is free.
What I Found While Surfing the Net
On My Menu for This Week
I have less mouths to feed, so I have to think about who will be here and who will not as I plan...
Monday last school day dinner out
Tuesday grilled Italian chicken, zucchini, potato salad, carrot sticks
Wednesday turkey burgers, baked beans, cucumber salad
Thursday hot dogs, macaroni salad, corn
Friday goulash, salad
Saturday salmon, coleslaw, green beans
Sunday steak, baked potatoes, broccoli (just me and hubby!)
On My To Do List
Believe it or not, laundry did not make the list! I managed to keep up with it this weekend, including oxi-soaking my bedding to give it a good cleaning.
So, since it is the last day of school and everything always has to happen all at once, here it is:
take one son for a haircut
take same son and friend to scout camp (a one hour drive) with all of their stuff
gas up cars
take other son and daughter to Barnes and Noble for summer reading books
take son to Walmart for items needed for trek
take son to high school to play in band for graduation ceremony
pick up son from high school (My daughter is going to be there too - she has to drive herself because she has to be there an hour earlier than my son to hand out programs as part of the National Honor Society - but she cannot drive my son for the first six months of her license because we have restricted licensing here. I understand the reasons behind it, but it is not the least bit practical!!!)
take son and daughter out to dinner (meet up with husband along the way)
Looking Forward to This Week
Um, not driving anywhere? Unfortunately, I think I have at least one place to go every day this week. So what I am really looking forward to is next week, when (almost) everyone will be gone and my husband and I can go out to dinner and a movie for my birthday. Woohoo!
Looking Around the House
My 14 year old is across from me, drawing in a journal he just bought at Barnes & Noble, there are still papers piled on the table, and various things piled on the counters and chairs. I need an afternoon to put everything in its place (or in the rooms of the people responsible), but today is not the day.
From the Camera
This is a photo taken by my oldest. I downloaded it and printed it and hung it on his wall to welcome him back from the hospital.
On My Prayer List
My kids, mom, in-laws.
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15
The youth in our church spoke on Sunday, including my daughter and one of my sons. Their talks were impressive, as are they. They know the gospel, they know how to apply it to their lives, they know how to live it, and what not to do, and they know how to lead others. They amaze me, I am so proud of them.
Have a great week!