Monday, May 23, 2011

Planning & Planting

     We just had a great weekend at home with no major plans.  Ok, maybe major plans, but no set schedule.  Jeremy and our friend Michael planted our garden on Saturday.  It's by far the biggest garden we've ever had.  We usually plant a couple of tomatoes and peppers, but this year we have a 100' x 6' plot with corn, okra, 3 kinds of tomatoes, 3 kinds of peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and 2 kinds of potatoes.  I can't wait for the kids to see what a job a real garden is.  I have a feeling they won't last long weeding during the hot summer.  I have a good mind to read them The Little Red Hen before we get started!  We also completed our "Things to do this summer" list.  We taped it up on our kitchen window and made little boxes next to each one so we can check them off.  It is by far the most practical list my kids have ever made.  All these school activites must have them tired out, because most of the list is stuff to do around our own town!  I'm sure it will be added to as the summer drags on.

     While the men were hard at work, the kids were playing and swimming.  Jackson's best friend Max spent the night on Friday and they played all day Saturday.  Saturday night Jeremy and I went out to dinner while the kids played at Grandma's house.  We also started planning that night for our upcoming weekend.  Next Saturday we are going to Atlanta to visit the Georgia Aquarium.  Do you notice a theme to our vacations?  We will spend the night there and then come home through Montgomery and stop at Jeremy's dad's house.  Every year they have a party on Memorial Day weekend and invite all their friends and family, so we will spend Sunday afternoon with them.  They have a big pond in their neighborhood and the kids love to fish there.  This will be Everett's first trip anywhere, so it should be interesting to see how it goes.  He is usually content to just be in the same place as his brothers and sister, so maybe we will have a smooth drive.
     Sunday we went to church and the kids swam and played again.  I love these days of spontaneity.  I feel like I say "no" to my kids so much during the school year because we're always trying to get homework done, get to sporting events, get to bed on time, etc.  I love getting to tell them they can stay up late playing or watching movies, that they can have friends over, that we can go to the park at a moments notice.  Of course, by the time August rolls around I will be thankful once again for the structure of each week and the overall orgainization, but for the next 8 weeks we will do as we please, most days anyway!

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