Summer is my very favorite. I love the weather of course, and also the flexibility there is without a school or sports schedule. So luxurious! And the kids have been able to take advantage of some really special opportunities.
The girls were off to church camp in New Hampshire....
Which left us with just the boys for the week. Its interesting to see how the dynamics change as the combination of kids change. (These two boys were an easy combination!)
Aiden attended a morning basketball camp four days this week at our local highschool. I thoroughly enjoyed our chatty walks to and from.
At camp, Avery was having a rough time. Her foot, where the shell was taken out, became infected, so much so that she ended up at the ER in New Hampshire. I was in contact with the camp nurse (who was amazing!!) and she kept assuring me Avery was ok. I SO wanted to drive up and get her but we also knew it could a valuable growing experience for her.
At the ER they took the stitches out, upped her antibiotics and put her on crutches. And after all that she was smiling. In reality, her foot problems yielded her lots of special attention and spoiling. :)
Kiki called and asked if Aiden could go picking with her. He LOVES to "harvest" and even though he doesn't eat anything that comes out of a garden, he's very intrigued by it all. This retired couple, who attend my dad's church, were thrilled to have Aiden around and to share their bounty.
H took advantage of a last minute service opportunity with the youth group. They served food and cleaned up a park in Hartford. It was just one evening but it was a little emotional for me that he was there. It wasn't long ago that he was on the other side, but God is weaving a beautiful story for his life. (pics stolen from IG)
Our foster care agency held its annual summer picnic. I invited R to come along and we were surprised and delighted to see S there, too! He gave me such a warm, happy hug and we had a nice chat catching up.
Aiden had fun in the batting cages and doing go carts with his brothers, but his evening was topped off when we got to hole number 7 on the mini golf course and there was a little stream going through the green. There was no one behind us, so he did it over and over, trying different things, studying what the stream of water did to the motion of the ball. :)
Pop and Kiki took Aiden and three cousins on an adventure that included a train ride. My dad's dad worked for the railroad all his life so my dad traveled often by train. He even remembers their family number!
I completed the week-long project I'd been picking at while the girls were away at camp...cleaning their room...under the beds, in the closet, it was bad. I took out four garbage bags! They were completely delighted and touched.
Day One of training. One mile...I felt awful and it was hard, but you've got to start somewhere. My hope is to be ready for a half marathon in October.
We acquired a couple cousins. These two made themselves fruit salads...not bad!
And these two dressed themselves for church from Aiden's closet...not bad!
The girls got invited to go to the beach with Tori and Aria. These girls are both in college but are always so great about loving on our kids. I'm grateful for their friendship and godly influence. (stolen from IG)
At home we had a mostly chill afternoon with just Aiden. Love me some summer!!