Summer is passing TOO quickly. This weekend we'll be shopping for school supplies (and maybe clothes too), and then next week we'll be filling out paper work for the start of school. Boo hoo. I wish summer break was from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And double boo hoo that my baby is going to school! Though from my track record I have not done a good job getting him "ready" for kindergarten and he will benefit from the great teachers at our awesome elementary school. He can basically write his name (he can write all the letters in his name, but I am not sure if he can always put them in the correct order though he will if I write his name, and then have him write his name next to it), identifies a few letters and I think no numbers. He can do some counting though and count objects, and he's known colors for a long time. Not that you wanted to know all of this, but that is where we are at. I definitely slacked on this! There is my bad mom moment for you. Moving on....here are some happenings of this and that from the end of July.
We went to the pet store one day. This is one of the few places my kids get to interact with animals as Lee and I have no desires to have animals. We don't mind interacting with them outside our home, just not inside our home or yard. Not even a goldfish! Another tidbit you probably didn't want to know...
After swimming we went to the library and a lady had brought a dog in for the kids to read to. I guess she couldn't get any of my kids to read to the dog since she was doing the reading. But my kids enjoyed petting the dog!
For a young women's activity we went around to drop off cookies to people in our ward and say hello.
Only one family was home! These ladies, Jen, and her mom Ann behind her, are amazing. I love hearing Jen's testimony of the gospel and of Jesus Christ.
The Young Women Presidency with Ann and Jen!
On Monday this week there was a blood drive at our church building. We met Lee after work and went over to donate blood before Family Home Evening. We both haven't donated in about 14 years! Wow! I do need to give more often and I think I will. While I was in the operating room for Elden's birth I received three pints of blood. I had to have a hysterectomy but before they could remove my uterus there was some scar tissue adhered to my abdomen wall (as far as I know). They couldn't stop the bleeding till the scare tissue was gone and then do the hysterectomy. I would have bled to death otherwise. I am grateful for that blood! I almost had to have another transfusion the next day, but thankfully I didn't have to. Elden received a few blood transfusions while in the NICU too. He would always perk up after receiving that blood. He would look better and eat better.
High time I finally donated again. I can make another donation the day after my anniversary, and I think I will.
The other day I had the kids come with me to do a couple errands around town. Something I love about living in a small town is that everything is so close!
I posted this color filtered picture on Instagram--same one as above.
In order to save a little bit of money at least, and in preparation for the upcoming school shopping trip, I scrounged around for school supplies at home. I found a few which was great. I don't need to buy scissors or headphones, or pencil boxes, or colored pencils. I also have other things together for a couple kids that I won't have to buy either, like binders and highlighters. Though we have oodles of crayons, I will get them all a new box. At $0.50 a box, why not?!
I plan on posting soon again, so stay tuned. This summer has been great thus far. Wish it could last till the end of September!