We head out today for a weekend trip to the mountains with our college students from Grey Stone. Eli's first trip with us. Besides the trip around the world that brought him here. I am excited to "get away" for a few days...hopefully into cooler weather. Oh my...has it been hot! We haven't played outside all week, but instead have gotten our energy out at the local chic-fil-a, library, and a playdate at a pool. And we still have August to get through.
After my attitude adjustment (and two nights of uninterrupted sleep) the rest of my week has gone much better than the beginning. I wouldn't say Ezra has changed too much...I've just been a lot more patient and understanding with him.
I took Ella with me last night to Kroger's to take advantage of their Mega Sale going on this week and I think I have found a new partner to grocery shop with. Up until now I have only liked going grocery shopping by myself. I felt like losing my mind (and always ended up spending more) if I took all the kids with me. However, last night Ella truly was my partner. She pushed her own cart, had her own list, loaded up her items onto the belt, and even paid the cashier. She took it very seriously. Except for racing her mommy down the empty aisles. The beginning of a new era I believe.
Eli has learned how to say "awesome" and "amen" and finally figured out "bye bye" this week. Oh, and I learned that he has got a thing for any music with Beyonce in it.
I added up all the laundry I have done in the last week. 32 loads.
Yeah. I don't need to make any comments about that.
Thankfully, we really think we are in the clear with the scabies. Two treatments and two house scourings and 32 loads of laundry later. When we get back from the mountains the kids get to "release" all their toys from their trashbag prisons. It is going to be like Christmas around here for a few days.
I am working on getting caught up on the rest of my posts from our trip to Ethiopia as well as an update on how Jeremiah and I are adjusting to the new family dynamics. I really am. But for this weekend...I am just going to enjoy being with my family. And a van load of college students.
p.s. I thought this picture pretty much sums up their relationship at the moment =) Got any ideas for a caption for this photo?
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