"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Thursday, June 16, 2011

lovin' the summer vacation

our summer vacation started a week ago.  it seemed like school lasted FOREVER!  it was a long time to have my kiddos gone most of the time.  it's so nice to have us all together again.  i love them.  we're starting a behavior boot camp to remind them how a rehself child is expected to behave.  it's quite different than how an ordinary kid is expected to behave and two of my kids have had a lot of ordinary kid influence the past nine months!!! 
priority #1:  RESPECT
priority #2:  HONOR
priority #3:  SERVICE
adejay started out the summer by trying out a new youth group and on tuesday they spent several hours practicing priority #3 at the local homeless shelter(so, pretty much i like the group already!).  the group worked in the shelter's warehouse sorting through the clothes.  she said they had a "wall-e" for clothes!  adejay has spent one day per month going to the homeless shelter to serve dinner with her nana.  this month, the nana signed up for ANOTHER day per month to serve at the women's shelter.  i love to see my kids pour our their energy and heart for someone other than themselves.  it's a good thing! 
we've been visiting the park frequently and the weather has been delightful!  not too hot and not too cold.  today we ventured out even earlier than usual and we were able to have the playground all to ourselves for the first half hour!  jones brought his bike and aleemay and adejay brought their rollerblades.  we had fun. 
i love family time and i'm so excited for this "vacation" we get for the next couple months!  i'm not going to think about the fact that THREE of my offspring will be heading off to school this fall.  i'll only have TWO at home with me...  :(  :(  :(  like i said, i won't think about it!!!
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 


Alexis said...

What wonderful kids you have!

Trenicker said...

YES! I love the bootcamp plan, and the service that #1 is doing!

LouisianaMom said...

I m glad to know other families at times go through the need for "bootcamp" Rhett and I always called it commando parenting. Don't you think school takes up to much time, I like my kids, and dislike someone else having them 8 hours a day! I totally miss them!