There's a strange man in our house this morning....Shaun's first day off from the office since January 16. On the calendar, that's only six weeks, but in the every day of life, it seems like its been a lot longer. However, by the grace of God (only!), we made it through another busy season!! We're quite excited to get some family time today, which includes working on an apartment, but it will be in the same breathing space, and thats a good thing.
Here's a bit of this past week:
Every year, the kids go to my dad's church on Valentine's Sunday and help hand out carnations to all the ladies in attendance. I had to run out in the morning, but when I got home Aiden had gotten himself all spiffy for church.
After service the girls helped serve.
About twice a year my dad gathers everyone for a sledding/slip-n-slide party, depending on the time of year. Winter or summer, I think the kids are equally happy making runs down the hill.
A scheduled day off from school that ended up being a snow day.
Finally back to school, and finally able to celebrate Valentine's Day with her classmates. Amanda came home with a bag of loot and let her brother take his pick.
I love listening to these two play pretend in the monitor, taking advantage of a delayed school opening.
Feeling my pain, my sister sent this to me:
Aiden and I had a date at the aquarium, which was featuring Shark Week. Such sweet time that I'll post more on later.
Kiki sent me these pictures of Aiden and Pop serving in their monthly service at the assisted living home. (Notice the two guitars in the back). So thankful Aiden is learning from all directions that serving and giving are a natural part of everyday life. From 4 to 94, we need to reinforce to ourselves that LIFE IS NOT ABOUT ME (I need that daily).
Our foster care agency hosted a life skills class for the kids on cooking, many who will soon be on their own and will hopefully know how to do more than pop Ramen noodles into the microwave.
The kids had a Toby Mac jam session. I think they performed an entire CD! (Yes, Avery confirmed that for me. )