I had a truly wonderful week. My kids (led by six-year-old Emma) made me lots of presents to make me feel loved, and collected them all into an envelope, which they also wrapped up.
Emma drew me a ladybug and listed things the kids love about me. Two-year-old Lily made me the purple mom and baby triangle people, and four-year-old Johnny made me this little play set:
It’s a guy and his house, which consists of a bed and TV. I think it’s sort of funny that my kids rarely ask to watch television, but always feature TVs prominently in the houses they make. Emma also drew me this lovely picture:
Can you tell there was a major rainstorm going on while she was drawing?
Mike also made spectacular French toast for breakfast and cedar plank grilled salmon for dinner on my birthday. And took the kids to see a parade while I stayed in the nice cool house! Then Saturday we had a birthday lunch at my sister’s, complete with fantastic chocolate cake.
On Friday we got a brief 3D glimpse of our tiny baby girl! She reminded me of Emma, seeing the image on the screen, and now looking at the picture at home she looks like Lily to me. I’m so excited to meet her in a few weeks!
The weather this summer seems to be doing wonders for my garden, which I pay very little attention to apart from planting seeds, picking produce, watering on those rare occasions when it doesn’t rain in New England, and occasionally pulling a weed. We have tomatoes, peas, two kinds of squash, and some Zinnias just for fun!
This is our second year using the Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit, and I love that it keeps the weeds out almost entirely. It seems to help with the animals a bit, as well, although I doubt it would do much to protect our strawberry plants and blueberry bush (planted up near the house) from the always-hungry chipmunk. We have managed to salvage a record three blueberries from the chipmunk this year – no strawberries, although there were plenty of green ones growing!
I also finished the girls’ dresses and packed a hospital bag, making progress on my goals!
July 4th marked the end of the Small Hands Creating Hope fundraiser – we were able to raise $1,165 for the American Cancer Society. Thank you so much to all who contributed!!!
How was your week?