08-19-19 A Summer Storm

It was 10 pm when I was finally ready to leave the shop this evening. The kids had spent a good part of the day in the office and I knew they were ready to go home too. As I gathered my things to go, I looked outside and noticed that it was raining. Well, not just raining… down pouring. You could barely see across the parking lot.

I had no desire to try to load three tired children into the van with that much rain, let alone drive in it, so I decided we could wait it out. For about 5 minutes we let the boys play outside as the rain poured down. When we started seeing lightning and hearing thunder, I called them in and they were drenched. In a matter of moments, the storm really hit and the temperature dropped dramatically.

With no air conditioning at the shop, the swift cool breeze made a world of difference. The dripping children started to shiver as they stood in the wind caused by the propped open door. They squealed and ran around the office, wired from a long day of sitting followed by the refreshing shower.

It took nearly an hour for the storm to subside enough that I was comfortable loading them and driving them home. When we got home, three groggy little kids dragged themselves upstairs and straight to sleep.

I’ve washed the dust of the day off me and I am ready for sleep as well.

Our shop has a ridiculously large fan on the ceiling, which comes in handy when we are allowed to turn it on. We cannot run it when the spray booths are going, so on days like today it sat silent. I swear it’s the size of a helicopter propeller!

08-17-19 Archery Days

I didn’t get to make it to archery today, but Tim took the kids. When we finally met up a few hours later, Baby E was excited to inform me that he hit the target. He was so incredibly proud. He says he can’t wait to have his own bow and arrow.

What he doesn’t know is that he already does. Tim and I are just waiting for the chance to give it to him.

08-14-19 A Good Idea

I think sending the kids to Grandma’s house for a night was an excellent idea since it is almost 12:30 and we are still at the shop. 😳

With the kids out of town today, we took the opportunity this evening to order carry out from a local Pakistani restaurant. I have never had Pakistani food, but I had seen the place around the corner from the shop and their website looked promising. We ordered a few different things to try and they were all very delicious, though on the spicy side. I’m sure we will try it again. 🙂

08-13-19 Shop Days Are Long Days

I’ve been working a lot of hours at the shop lately. My kids have been staying home with my mom most days and often they play with the neighbors or have a friend over.

However today my mom had a hip replacement. Since I was still needed at the shop, I packed up the kids and we headed in.

It was a long day for all of us and I’ll admit I was pretty cranky for a good portion of it. Thankfully this evening calmed down and we had nothing but smiles and hugs at bedtime.

Since I have a few more days of this rigorous schedule ahead of me, the kids are going to spend a couple of days with their other grandparents. When we told them they got so incredibly excited. So tomorrow we will pack their overnight bags and Grandma will pick them up. I’m very happy for them that they will get this special time with two people they love very much… But I sure will miss them!

08-12-19 The Axe

Big E’s proudest accomplishment while on vacation was making his very own stone axe. I’m not sure exactly where he got the rock, but when he saw it, it reminded him of an axe head. He then started to look for a handle that would do it justice. When that was found, he tracked down Tim to ask for some rope, and oddly enough we had some in the van.

Both Tim and I helped him to assemble his axe and he was so incredibly proud of it.

08-11-19 Swimming

One of the things that the kids were the most excited to do on vacation was to go swimming in the lake. Baby E was particularly excited about the prospect even though he doesn’t know how to swim.

The first day we went swimming he clung to me the entire time, even though he was wearing his life jacket. By the end of the day, however, he was letting me release him as long as I was within reach.

The next day he got a little braver and insisted I didn’t need to be constantly by his side.

By the third day of swimming he was a pro. As long as there was a cousin to swim around with, he was happy!