After the evening service I took the kids over to play at a new park. I think it was finished about the time school started, but we haven't played there before. They were having a lot of fun when I noticed what I thought was a broken bottle. Upon further inspection I found that it was a broken pickle jar. I know the wind is strong around here, but it looked like someone had broken the jar and spread the pieces out across half the park on purpose. I had the kids put their shoes back on and got a bag from the car to put the pieces in. They played on the equipment while I picked up every little piece of glass that I could find. This is Kiersten's first season to really play and run around at the park. She is a fearless climber and actually has a lot better sense of balance than Caleb. Caleb loves to climb, but falls and gets hurt more often than not. She delightedly squeals "wheeee" as she goes down the slide and loves to feel the wind in her face. We didn't stay that long, but it was nice to see the kids having fun.
Last night the kids asked me to help them pack away most of their toys. We've been having discussions about what brings true joy and happiness and I think they're discovering that lots of toys only mean more to protect and worry about. Not quite sure what's going through their thoughts. They want to pick a few favorites and put the rest downstairs. They also agreed that it's best not to watch any movies or play computer games until the end of summer. I have a feeling that we're going to have some very brown children by the end of summer, if the mosquitoes don't scare them inside.
Scott took Caleb into town this morning to pick up a rototiller that we're renting to work up the garden. We had one that we took in for repairs, but they found that the motor was shot after completing the rest of the repair work and we figured that for now it would be better to rent one and get the job done.
Oh, we also had some 3 yr old trees delivered and planted on Sat night. They still seem to small and weak compared to those that provide shelter, but they're 2 years ahead of the others that Scott planted. Part of me thinks that we won't see them grow to any real maturity because the Lord will return before then. A big part of me really hopes for that, but then I think, what if He decided to tarry. Those trees can help to keep our yard from filling full of snow someday. So, they're planted and the kids think it's neat to have trees that are about the same height that they're at right now:)
I suppose I should be off to chip away at the to do list while I have a bit of extra energy. I'll leave you with a couple pictures, courtesy of Miss Elyssia:
|Elyssia made sure that Kiersten was nice and warm so that they could watch the trees being planted.|
|The first tree has the shadow of a child. Nice shot:)|
|Marking off the distance between the trees. Sam making sure they're okay.|
|Caleb supervising. Wondering how he can get his hands on some dirt:).|
|Sam was pretty calm. He must have decided that they were okay after all.|
Have a great week!