Day 5. We've already done a picnic outside (day 2), a little bit of swimming (day 2, with daddy since I don't have a suit that fits my enormous pregnant belly), a trip to the EcoTarium with friends (day 3), time with Grandma (sometimes babysitting, sometimes going out for food), and lots of outside time.
Their attitudes day to day crack me up, though.
First, I didn't realize how much this would affect Asher, since he's not in school yet. But he got very confused that we're not rushing to get dressed, eat, and take Claire to school every morning. So now, every day, he asks "Is it still summer vacation?" and today "We're staying home forever!" LOL.
Claire, on the other hand, got to day 4 before bitterly complaining that she's bored (mostly because I won't let her watch TV or play computer games all day - also she wants to do "crafts" which always end up needing help & supervision). I made the kids come outside with me (they had already watched almost 2 hours of TV at Grandma's), and after 10 minutes, she wanted to go back in. I told her "No, it's summer vacation and we're going to be outside." I gave a few suggestions as to what she could do outside... and she rejected all of them in favor of sitting in the shade and reading. Ah, a girl after my own heart.
The nicest part has been letting them play inside as long as they want in the mornings - it seems to be their most consistently creative time. And since we're not always rushing out of the house, I don't need to make them immediately pick up their (block, LEGO, puzzle, papercraft) creations.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out what else we can do while waiting for baby boy to make his appearance. Trying to make sure we're prepared with enough clothes, diapers, and gear... only a few days left!
Pastor Mike has been preaching through Ruth recently, and it's really great - there's so much in there when you stop and take the time to research it.
My favorite quote from last week, regarding Boaz as a picture of Christ:
"By Nature God is a Redeemer
and by choice He is a kinsman."
1. Only plant ONE marigold plant, or plant multiples with the express purpose of digging the rest up as seedlings and planting them elsewhere around the yard. The three that are in the veg. garden this year are now crowding out the basil and the carrots.
2. Don't plant the marigold next to the carrots! It's tempting, but their leaves look very very similar, and they're both sort of feathery and get intertwined.
3. Be patient with the carrots. Wait until a bit of orange top is showing before harvesting.
4. Do something around the box to prevent plant growth - put down mulch or mats?
5. Get sturdy poles for vining plants (cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini?). Ask the next-door neighbors where they got theirs.
6. Plant at least 2 kinds of tomatoes - I'm thinking a cherry/grape variety and a larger variety. Some of them the kids will eat, and the rest can be made into sauce.
7. Start harvesting full mint stems BEFORE it starts trying to take over the whole garden. The stems can be hung up and dried.
8. The plants need a LOT more water in the summer. I definitely underwatered them this year.
9. The pepper plants will actually flower & fruit multiple times. Look up how to hand-pollinate them to get more fruit. (As of the end of August, one plant has had 2 peppers, one at a time, and the other plant FINALLY has its first pepper growing.)
10. If I plant chives, put them next to one of the walls of the box. In the center, they get hard to reach & harvest.
Had a friend ask me to re-schedule something tomorrow for later in the day so he could make sure he had time to vote. Later realized this is his first chance to vote (he's 18). Hooray for representative democracy! I will celebrate by once again voting for my local reps and for a presidential candidate with no chance of winning. ;)
Also had a long talk with my mom today about political issues. Reminded me where I get my slightly off-kilter stance on certain issues. (I am definitely not a party-line voter. If I had to sum up, I'd say I'm conservative fiscally - except when it comes to local schools; and moderately liberal on social issues.) At least when WE talk politics, neither one of us comes across looking crazy. :)
In other news, took BOTH kids to Payless tonight to get new shoes. Some called me "brave". I'd prefer to think of it as "crazy". After an hour of running and chasing and calling and fixing and dropping and fixing again, we made it out with 4 pairs of shoes - 2 for each kid. Success!