It seems that just over a month ago I was giddy over the prospect of a slow, carefree summer.
Boy howdy, was I wrong! (That’s right, I just said “Boy howdy.”)
Here is an example of a typical morning last week:
6:45 am – Take Sarah to tennis practice. Wish that she had her own car.
7:05 am – Return home. Make sure that everyone is bathed, fed, and dressed. Although not necessarily in that order.
8:30 am – Take Emma to swim team practice.
8:45 am – Pick up Sarah.
9:15 am – Pick up Emma.
10:00 am – Head to Orem for a hearing test for Bitsi. (I’m trying to find a cuter way to spell it.)
10:25 am – Watch Bitzi (What do you think of that one?) fail the test with her left ear. Repeatedly. Pick up referral for a specialist.
10:50 am – Speed shop through Savers to find pioneer clothing for the upcoming trek.
11:30 am – Attend a trek meeting. Find out that Sarah hates the lovely trek skirt that you just purchased. Daniel hates his clothes, too, but at least he doesn’t threaten to go on the trek wearing only a bra and leopard print thong.
And that’s just how my mornings go. Imagine, if you will, the horrors of trying to get all of the shopping, library tripping, cleaning, and feeding done for the rest of the day.
Oh, and about that trek – my kids are So. Not. Excited. To. Go. And yet they are totally going. How mean am I?
With all of this busyness, I’ve gotten way behind on my blogging. Also, Bitzy (ew, I definitely don’t like that one) has decided at the ripe old age of 6 1/2 weeks that she no longer needs to take naps. She’s perfectly content as long as she’s being held by someone and allowed to participate in all of our family activities (she makes a mean bass guitar player in Guitar Hero), but if we try to put her down – watch out! The result of this is that I only get to blog while she is nursing. Which means that I can only type with one hand. Which I am not very good at. So be prepared for lots of short, meaningless blog posts in the days to come. As opposed to this long, meaningless post. Which I am also typing one-handed.
So here’s a quick update:
We had fabulous time on our vacation to the Black Hills. My kids have unwittingly shown me that they do indeed follow my blog by daily asking, “Why haven’t you posted a trip report yet?” See my excuse above. I will do one soon, but until then here are some tidbits: I nearly took out a tree, Jakob nearly needed stitches, and Joshua nearly didn’t come home with us. For our vacation to recover from our vacation, we will be heading out to Bear Lake in a few days – WOOT!
We also enjoyed a terrific Independence Day, after I got over my initial disappointment of realizing that none of our tv channels were showing 1776. What is this country coming to? We loaded up the kids and took them over to Colonial Days, where they we treated to samplings of colonial life and got to listen to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (or at least close facsimiles thereof) give some really moving speeches. There was also a fabulous little museum full of original documents from the founding of our country, including a call for a day of fasting and prayer as the move for independence was being made.
Daniel and two of his friends then treated us to a pyrotechinics display the likes of which has never before been seen. Three teenage boys + fireworks + a strong wind = something both awe inspiring and terrifying at the same time. I’m happy to report that they did not burn down the entire neighborhood, although it was touch and go for a while there.
While enjoying the 4th of July festivities in Provo, we were drawn in by the delectable scent of funnel cakes. Daniel has been working on perfecting a home made funnel cake recipe ever since. Last night’s batch, covered in powdered sugar, ice cream, and strawberries, was almost perfect. *Almost.* He’ll have to try another batch tonight. In next month’s news: The entire James family joins Weight Watchers.
And in closing, a patriotic paragraph. (This nearly became a political rant a few days ago, but ranting is not what this blog is about. I am considering adding a political rant widget, though. What do you think?) I love my country. I love it’s history, it’s beauty, and it’s people. I love the many, many freedoms we enjoy here, and I have a strong testimony that God had a hand in the foundation of this great nation. I am also very, very worried about the direction our nation is headed in. We, as a people, need to be more informed and more involved in the decisions which are currently being made by our country’s leaders. I don’t care what your political leanings are, just make sure your representatives are actually representing you and what you believe will be best for this nation. I’ll stop there, because otherwise I’ll just start ranting again.
I’ll leave you with a quote from my congressman, “Beware, America. Congress is back in session on Tuesday.”