Last weekend was a big one. I put off writing about it because there was a lot of other stuff bouncing around in my head, but now I am able to back track and revisit the weekend.
On Friday night, I had a game and craft night with 4 girls from my Wednesday night class. It was a smaller group than usual. This years class is a group of busy girls, so most of them had prior plans. Big groups can be fun, but small groups are a great too. I got to have more one-on-one conversations with the girls. Plus, the noise and mess were slightly less. We started off the night with a game of croquet. I only play once a year – at this event. Somehow, I manage to get in the top three every year and this year I took first place. Oh yeah! It fun to play croquet because most of the girls have never played it before. I like introducing them to new things. After our game, we headed to backyard to roast hot dogs around the fire. I was super nervous about Owen and the fire, but I am happy report that he did a great job and stayed away from it. We happily munched on our meals until everyone was full. We came inside to work on a craft project after that. I supplied paper, stickers, magazines and ribbon so the girls could decorate wooden picture frames with Mod Podge. They all loved it. Mod Podge isn’t something I let them use on a regular basis so big crafts like this are a special treat. I always pray that Mod Podge stays where it’s supposed to and that my house survives pre-teens and liquid glue. We let our craft projects dry while we went back outside to make s’mores for dessert. This was my first time making s’mores this season and let me tell you, they hit the spot! Yum! I predict more of them in my future. The girls roasted/ate/burnt the whole bag of marshmallows. Once the bag was empty, it was our time to clean up and head home. It was a fun night and I love opening my home up to my students. I want them to feel a part of my life and I want them to know that I am here for them not just on Wednesdays, but any day of the week. Their friendship is important to me and nights like this go a long way to say that.
On Saturday, we got up early (that was hard after the late night before) and took off over the mountains to celebrate my nephew’s 5th birthday. I swear he was two yesterday. It’s crazy! Carson had a Star Wars themed party and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law did a great job making that come to life. Yoda even made an appearance and was promptly attacked by a mob of 5 year-olds with foam light sabers. It was very intense. Apparently they are all on the dark side. Owen had a great time playing in the sprinkler and then once the big kids took off, he took over the pool. Jeremy had to pull him out occasionally because the water was so cold his teeth were chattering and his lips were turning blue. You would have no idea that he was cold from his actions though. He was one happy water baby!
Sunday morning, I decided to skip church because the big weekend had tuckered me out and I figured a little extra rest wouldn’t be bad for Owen. He slept in and I felt like I had made a good call for the both of us. Then Owen started to get clingy and woke up from a nap with a fever. We ended up missing our growth group that night and the cherry on top of the day was Owen throwing up on Jeremy. Okay, that was so not a highlight. But Sunday was the beginning of a week of illness. Owen turns into a slug when he is sick so I’ve spent a good part of the week with my kid flopped over in my lap or laying on my chest. Poor boy. He is just now starting to come out of it. He has had a few fever free days, but his diapers and eating habits are still a bit off. I’m praying that things keep getting better from here.