The first of May we were returning from a major camp out with many American Heritage Girl troops. I handled the finances for this big get together, and spent several weeks going over every penny in and out. In the midst of that we finished up our school year,
Nate finishing kindergarten.
Our AHG troop was wrapping up our year, which also required a bit extra from us. There was the crossing over ceremony to plan, organize, and hold.
We filled in summer planning sheets for the older three kids, books to read, things they wished to accomplish, and set to work on those.
We attended birthday parties and last tutorial day.
Then we took a trip to Ohio to visit Justin's parents. His mother is ill, so our pictures are not with them.
To give us as long as possible with his parents we stopped in Cincinnati for the night on the way back.
We visited the aquarium in Newport, getting to see (and for Nate and Kate pet sharks), see the alligator come up for air, see a presentation on penguins, and much more.
This week, by contrast, has had not one blessed requirement beyond what running the house normally requires. We have been to the pool 4 times, running a load of towels through every afternoon, just to repack it again for the next trip. It has been a lovely relaxing change of pace.
We've a few things on the calendar for later in the month, but I think this is just what we needed after all the busyness, too bad poor Justin was at work this week, though, I think he sometimes finds work a little less overwhelming than life here.
If you made it to the end, maybe you're as tired as I was, I hope you can get a pool day in too!