Friday isn’t over yet, so I’m going to squeeze in 7 Quick Takes.
Don left on Thursday morning for a week-long motorcycle trip. He and my dad are riding around Lake Superior. If you’re interested in following along, they are posting updates on their trip on this ride report.
My prayer while he’s gone is for him to stay safe and me to stay sane. I’m hanging in there, despite some larger difficulties (window air conditioner dripping water down the interior wall, Simon being awake from 1:30 am to 3:30 am last night) and minor annoyances (cat eating food on the counters, Peter yapping incessantly about Mario Kart, Simon taking great delight in repeatedly pushing the power button on my laptop to see what happens).
As if it wasn’t enough to be responsible for myself, an 8-year-old, a 17-month-old, a cat, and the house, I’m taking on a foreign teenager in a couple days. We’re going to host a 16-year-old boy from France for three weeks. He arrives Sunday evening. I’m hoping he’ll be a good distraction for Peter, who usually has a hard time when Don’s away from home for extended trips.
We made it through the first week of summer vacation. I was successful in setting up some basic weekday routines, including implementing our summer lesson schedule. It’s important to me to have a distinction between weekdays and weekends, otherwise my life as a stay-at-home mom becomes a big blur of day after day after day of child care and housework. Even if I’m still doing child care and housework on the weekends, I need it to look different.
Last Friday was my birthday. I had a lovely day. It rained, which foiled my plan to go on a family picnic for lunch, but instead we went to a local taco place and had delicious tacos. Don cooked dinner and he and Peter made dessert. I spent more time than usual on the internet and reading, while Don took care of the boys. I did clear the table after dinner and change a few diapers, but on the whole, it was a good day off.
Simon slipped and fell face-first into a wooden block today. He has a bruise and a couple cuts on one side of his nose. I’m sure he’ll heal soon, but it looks ugly. I am glad that he really hasn’t had many injuries to this point.
Tomorrow’s plan: haircuts for both boys. I hope it won’t be raining (as it has been the past two days) so I can do them outside.