7:30am -- laying in bed, asleep. I hear Anna's voice downstairs, "donuts?!" Scott, "shhhh!"
8:00am -- roll out of bed and find the kids and Scott downstairs, fully dressed, and a dozen donuts on the kitchen counter. Breakfast. Everyone gathers in the family room to watch Bug Wars.
8:45am -- the kids are playing in their rooms, Scott is finishing homework, and Jillian Michael's and I take 30 minutes to reconnect.
9:30am - help Payton with a question in his Summer Bridge workbook while steadying my breath and drinking a glass of water
11:30am - summer haircut for Anna. Trimmed to her shoulders. She says, "I love short hair!"
12:00 - lunch and it's every man for himself. Payton's choice - tortilla chips and grape soda.
12:45pm - Scott takes the kids to the driving range. An afternoon to myself? Sweet!
1:30pm - a visit from my visiting teacher and a lesson on self-reliance. Feeling a little regret that I never put the garden in.
2:00pm - off on errands. Spend way too much time wandering around Fred Meyer. Fill the van with gas. Go through the car wash.
4:00pm - home with frozen pizzas for dinner and 2 tomato plants, 2 corn plants, 1 cucumber, and 1 zucchini. (It was slim pickin's at the garden center. Other choices included Habanero peppers, winter squash, and eggplant.) They get planted right away. Along with lots and lots of zinnia seeds.
6:30pm - Family Home Evening. Lesson: journals. Activity: decorate summer journals. Treat: strawberry shortcake.
8:00pm -- Payton asks, "can we jump on the trampoline one more time before bed?" Scott replies, "do you guys want to sleep on the trampoline?"
8:15pm -- I assemble the kids' road trip boxes. Spiral bound notebook, new box of 12 colored pencils, coloring pages, summer journals, a pen, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, mini post-it notes, Summer Bridge workbooks, a new book they each picked from the book shop, library summer reading log, bag of gummy worms, and enough space leftover for a Nintendo DS.
9:13pm - Anna decides to sleep in the house. "It's too scary out there. There's too many noises."
9:22pm - Conner and Payton come in with their sleeping bags and pillows, "that was fun! thanks dad!", and march straight up to their beds.
- "I'm bored": 1
- minutes of video game time: 0
- meltdowns by a 5 year old: 3
- donuts consumed: 9
- loads of laundry: 6
- temperature: 72