Thursday, September 09, 2010

Staycation Day 5 - Wednesday

Maybe it was just impossible to keep up the kind of momentum we started with, but this was more the type of staycation day I'd worried about.

It was a bad morning. The kids couldn't focus on getting done. Sadie ate Rose's prize cat toy's foot. Then Bella got tired and I really though she needed the sleep, so I admitted defeat on trying to get out the door, and put her to bed. The kids enjoyed watching a really fun Disney show combo that I'd grabbed at the library. In the meantime, just like Monday, Bella didn't fall asleep right away anyway, but I finally had a chance to contact someone to fix the broken AC, since we were in the middle of yet another heat wave, and it's not very relaxing to sit at home sweating. The repairman was going to be able to come later in the afternoon, so after the movie, we put the sleeping Bella in the car to head to the miniature golf place.

Of course now it was about noon, and no longer a cool morning. It was hot. Bella played a several holes, making the best hand-placed holes-in-one, then I took her inside. We found a great miniature carousel ride that Bella absolutely adored, and amused ourselves in the arcade while the others finished up. They were much faster than I'd expected, partially because Rose got bored with the game a few holes after Bella did. :^) But they were all still happy with the adventure.

About that time, the repairman called to move the timetable up a bit, so we skipped lunch in favor of grabbing a bean bag for Ethan's room at a nearby store, then hitting the craft store for more ceramics (after a lot of looking, an employee found a set of fairies in the back - perfect!) and wooden things to paint. We finally made a drive thru run at Micky D's at 2PM for yogurt parfaits to tide the kids over until we could get home and make them some PBJs.

As the men worked on the AC, Rosie turned her water bottle into a princess with some felt and twine. Then, the kids hit the showers, so that we could head to the first midweek service of the season at our new church - we hadn't been to a midweek service yet, since they didn't have them in the summer when we started attending.

We went early for the family meal, and had a wonderful time visiting. The only drawback was the food not working out as anticipated for Ethan, so he was a bit hungry. But Rosie headed to her new children's choir and the rest of us to classes. We all enjoyed them, except for Ethan. His group did outdoor activities this week, and that is not his thing - better luck next week. :^)

Oh, but let me tell you about this. In a part of the children's wing I hadn't seen before, this was painted on the wall, and it moved me:

O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. - Psalm 78:1-4

Love it! I want a wall big enough for this...hmmm...

Well, we stopped by McDonald's for Ethan to get a happy meal on the way home and he was thrilled to get Aquaman as his prize. The delight was short-lived, however, since Sadie somehow managed to get a hold of him in short order and mangle his foot. It was just one of those days. Mama said there'd be days like this...

But Brian and I literally ended the day on a high note with Glee again.

What will tomorrow bring? Will the van be out of the shop and ready for a real adventure?? Stay tuned...

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