Friday, July 29, 2011

FF: July

Yesterday was the last day for the summer class I've been teaching.  It's been many, many years since I have worked with such a delightful, responsive, bright class.  I feel a little cheated that the term lasted only six weeks. Now, while I grade their final projects, here's a glimpse of July with the rest of the family.

The month began as we said, "See you later,"  to one of our favorite families.  What a gift friendship is! But instead of getting all teary again over their relocation, I will focus on how wonderful technology really is now in allowing us to keep track of our far-flung friends.

To brighten our sad selves, we began to play more board games.  Our friends have convinced us that  Yahtzee rules,  but we're pretty fond of Headbanz.  Of course, if a certain middle boy memorizes all the cards in the deck, he will always win.

In the middle of the month my two older boys and their dad left for a week of Boy Scout camp.

They endured record-setting temperatures and biting insects, but they survived.

With half the family gone, the other half moved into my room and my bed.  No, sweet husband, the dog is NOT on our bed!

The day after the boys returned from camp, my oldest boy (on the right) left for Southeast Kentucky on a service trip with his youth group from church.  He spent the week drywalling, and his tender heart was very touched by the poverty he saw.

And finally, on the last day of Boy Scout camp, Checkered watched a teen boy do several pull-ups and he decided to show off his own pull-up skills.  This is how his detached bicep tendon now looks from the outside.  Next week the surgeon will see what it looks like from the inside.

Mommy's Idea


I Am Woody said...

Poor Checkered! So I shouldn't tell him that 6yo Pita can do 12 in a row...after an hour of tennis lessons...Yeah, probably shouldn't tell him that.

Nancy said...

Oh, no. That looks like it hurts. I hope it's not too serious. :)

Mrs4444 said...

Wow! I had no idea one could get such an injury from pull-ups, although I could have guessed, having almost broken my wrist after a handstand debacle a few years back. I guess we need to start babying these bodies (I've got a good start on that).

Since you like games, I must recommend Spot-It and Trigger. Both can be found on Amazon (our local stores can't keep them in stock). We've been having a great time with those, and Kendall's taking them to camp with her.

Glad your kids are having a fun-filled summer AND getting plenty of "quality time." Now, what are that daughter of yours and her boyfriend up to. Better go check!haha

Mental P Mama said...

See? I am never doing another pull-up again. Sending healing vibes....

Busy Bee Suz said...

I will never get that detached bicep out of my brain now. OUCH.
Your kids are so darn good...service projects...helping old people cross the street. (I am sure they have done this!)
I love the slumber party photo!!!!!

claudia said...

What a busy and fun July!
Sorry about Checkered's arm. Ow, it looks painful. I hope everything is okay with it though!

Laura~peach~ said...

oh my wow... checkered... OWIE!
to the boy... way to go... you are amazing!
love ya caution!

imbeingheldhostage said...

I'm sorry! I'm laughing, but my hand is over my mouth because I know how wrong it is. It's not really funny
Ouch. Hope everything is healed soon.
Love a tender-hearted son, can't beat that and that game?! I have to have one. Anything that makes my family put something on their head is good with me!!

mub said...

I always maintained that pull-ups were bad for you... push-ups too... and probably sit-ups ;)

Jan said...

I LOVE Headbanz!

Kelli Nørgaard said...

So glad to hear that about your summer school class! That is a time when you NEED inspiration and delight because everyone wants to be outside ! So I am sure your kiddoes loved you as much as you did them! :-)

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Your life sounds like mine a few years ago. Whew!

Good luck with the surgery.

Anonymous said...

I love that picture of the boys! I will have to show my little man that picture in the morning. I miss your smiling face and our always entertaining, wonderful conversations! If I could escape back I would in a heartbeat. I hope the surgery went well!

Julie said...

wow, hope his arm is okay!
I am actually kind of grateful you will get back to your old classes so I have some light humor to read on the things they say to you! :)