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!

08-10-19 Bows and Arrows and Cousins!

The kids were excited to learn that today was an archery day and they were even more happy when we told them that their cousins would be joining them. The kids have really taken to archery and are getting more and more accurate with their shots. Even Baby E got in on the shooting today. At one point he just started squealing, “I’m so happy! I’m so happy! I get to use a bow and arrow” as he danced around. It really was quite adorable.

08-09-19 Child-Safe Razor Blades

As I have mentioned here before, when my sister and I were kids we spent a lot of time at the shop. A LOT. And for the most part we entertained ourselves. We read books, fought with the tv antennae for precious clear reception on our 6 channels, and used our imaginations to turn the shop and its contents into countless swashbuckling adventures.

But on some occasions, our parents had us help out. It wasn’t anything critical. We might tape off a panel, or do some light sanding, or help check a color. As we got a little older, maybe 9-10, we started using razor blades to cut tape. My parents got us each a little razor blade holder so that our fingers wouldn’t be near the blade. Mine was neon green and my sister’s was bright pink. (To be honest, I was a little jealous of hers cause it was prettier, but I digress.) We had those plastic razor blade holders for years, well into my late teens.

Flash forward to a couple of weeks ago when I took a trip to Home Depot. I was looking for something we could use as a sharp edge to create a straight line while we were hand painting something. I decided that a razor blade would work well, but we would need our fingers out of the way. Then I remembered my neon green razor blade holder. Surely they would have something like that. I scoured the aisle, but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I found something similar, but it was metal and somewhat bulky. I wanted something less clumsy.

After a few minutes of examining a display of razor blades, an employee walked up to me and asked me if I needed help. I started to explain to her what I was looking for (something to hold razor blades.) As she stared at me quizzically, I opened my mouth to say,

“You know, the kind you give kids so they don’t hurt themselves!”

But thankfully I closed my mouth right before that came out because the more I thought about it the more I realized that giving razor blades to young children might not be the best move. I mean we grew up around them. We understood their dangers. But most children don’t grow up in wood finishing shops and most parents don’t give their children razor blades to play with!

My parents weren’t giving us child-safe razor blades… There’s no such thing! The gave us window scrapers that just happened to be brightly colored! The fact they were safer for us to use was a plus.

As that revelation sunk in, I wondered how close I had just gotten to totally freaking out that poor lady!! She must have came to her own conclusion that I was looking for window scrapers and hurried off to retrieve some. When she returned I sheepishly took them and walked away, thankful I hadn’t made a complete fool of myself.

My greatest disappointment was that my new window scrapers are made of metal. They aren’t plastic. They aren’t brightly colored green or pink- just boring silver. But in the end that’s ok because they are completely functional and I won’t have to fight my kids for them!