To begin with, we put the girls in separate bedrooms. Hannah is at an age where she just wants to read quietly in her room. And Millie is at an age where she just wants to play not-quietly in hers. You can imagine the heated exchanges we had with two very different agendas for the same space. Let's just say there were lots of fireworks in our house! I decided to ditch my old philosophy of "building character by sharing a space" and adopt a new one of "peace at all costs!"
Fortunately, Greg's mom and dad took the girls for five days so we could tackle this project. And let me tell ya, it was one. huge. project. I've always kept all of my school stuff in the guest bedroom closet, and I knew I had a lot, but I didn't know I had that much! It's amazing the things a homeschool mom can accumulate! But since the girls were going into separate bedrooms, we had to give up our guest bedroom, which meant I had to give up my school closet. (I really wish I had taken a picture of it before we emptied it, or even with stacks all over the house while I was trying to decide where to put everything! Stuff was literally everywhere!) Greg built a cabinet for the school room last year that came in very handy, and he made two bookshelves to match it this summer so I would have a place for all my gear.
|This is the cabinet he made last year. My one request was for doors so I could hide the mess. I had no idea at the time how handy they would be!|
|And these are the ones he made this summer. I couldn't decide whether I wanted doors on these or not, so I finally told him not to worry about it. Good thing ... I had no idea I had so many books piled into that closet!|
|This is Hannah's room. She got to keep the bunk beds because her room is a little smaller. We still need to paint her dresser ... one of these days. :)|
|This desk used to be her great-grandfather's. Greg painted it white and found pink knobs on clearance at a local business for $1 each!|
|This is what she loves most about her room. This reading light used to have a plastic clamp, basically like a chip clip, to attach it to the bed. The clamp broke, so I was ready to throw it away, but Greg was able to salvage it. I love that man!|
... for this minivan.
Now, don't get me wrong. I am very grateful for this vehicle and I really do love it. But there's just something about driving a minivan that's an admission to the entire world that you're not cool anymore. Not that I've been cool for, oh, a good 20 years now, but still. In fact, I thought I had reached the pinnacle of uncoolness...but then I went on vacation and bought one of these.
Speaking of vacation ... this was the first summer since having kids that Greg and I decided to take a family vacation just for the sake of taking a family vacation. We usually go on a big vacation every other year, but it's always to visit family. This time just the four of us headed to Branson, MO for the week. We went to Silver Dollar City in the mornings, and when we couldn't take the heat anymore, we headed to White Water. There are no words to describe how good it was for the health of our family to just get away and enjoy each other without all the distractions of everyday life.
|At the entrance to Silver Dollar City|
|Millie stuck to the carousel when we first got there, but she got braver and braver throughout the week.|
|Here I am on the kiddie roller coaster with Millie. Yeah, I'm all smiles now, but I was screaming louder than anyone once it started going. I am the world's biggest wimp!!|
|After that, Millie had to ride with Hannah. Once was enough for Mama!|
|I did get brave enough to ride this by the end of the week, but only because my 5-year-old guaranteed me it would be okay. And Hannah moved back one seat every time she rode. Daredevil!|
|Millie enjoyed the toddler area ...|
|... Hannah tolerated the toddler area. ;)|
|The one day we said the kids could eat at the park. We nearly hyperventilated when we saw the food prices, but fortunately the kids were easy on us! Millie chose popcorn ...|
|... Hannah chose a large pretzel ...|
|... and Mom and Dad split this ginormous eclair!|
|Headed to White Water to cool off!|
|Hannah at the bottom of a 7-story water slide! This is what happens when Dads take their children and Moms don't know where they are. I never would have allowed her to go down it! But look ... she made it out alive!|
|Hannah coming out of one of the water slides.|
|At the Sight & Sound Theater to see Noah: The Musical. It was A-MAZ-ING!!! Our whole family enjoyed it!|
So there you have it ... three months' worth of posts all wrapped up in one! I'm thinking of making up a new blog award to give myself. It would be called the Inconsistent Blogger Award. What do you think??