July 13, 2010

A Quiet House

We had a full house over the weekend with Megan and John and their kids visiting. We didn't "do" much, mostly let the kids play while we caught up amongst ourselves. On Saturday we did drive to Cedarville--we girls dropped the dads and kids (minus the babies) off at a park, then went to the university campus to walk around and note the changes. Since Megan had missed our mini-reunion in May, it was her first time to be on campus in years! A lot has changed.

Then of course we took the obligatory trip to Young's, always a good activity! John treated us all to ice cream and bought tickets for the older kids to ride the train, which thrilled them to no end. Of course we fed and patted the animals, marveling at the tiny baby goats which had appeared since our last visit.

On Sunday we all managed to get a pancake breakfast before getting to church (on time, even!) for the early service. Ted was on the praise team for this week, so he had to be there extra early--so kudos to him for getting us all started with our pancakes! John and Megan left for Michigan after the service, and we came home for a restful afternoon that included a nap for me and the two little ones.

Monday morning I woke the kids at 7:15 so they could eat breakfast and get out the door. It's CAMP WEEK!! Charis and Tobin are at Scioto Hills camp, the first time they've been away for an extended period of time. They return to the church at noon on Saturday! This is the same camp where Charis got to go for the winter retreat in February, so she is familiar with the campus. Tobin was bursting with excitement--well, they both were. I don't think Arden is terribly upset at not being able to go this year, and we're going to try to do some special things with and for him this week, too. Yesterday we hit the bike trail for an hour and a half, and then he and Kenna enjoyed some Loony Toons while I did some ministry work on my computer. Then we let him stay up late to play a game of Kingsburg with Ted and me, followed by a sleeping bag "campout" in his room. (I offered to let him sleep in the playroom, but he chose his own bed!)

So, it's now Day 2 of camp, and I have to confess the house is oddly quiet. (Well, it was until Kenna started sobbing and Lucan started fussing...maybe it's nap time...) Arden is still in bed at 10 a.m.! Guess I'd better get things moving here. Kenna's waiting for me to make banana bread with her, so that will probably distract her from whatever trauma she's having now.

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