So, it's Friday. I'm supposed to be excited, right? Not so much. Here's a few reasons why:
- It means spring break is nearly over. Even though, for the girls (Mikayla, Nati, and Ellie) - much of spring break has meant being in school...due to their very elaborate pretending - I'm not ready to have the kids return to "real school".
- It means Michele is leaving. She is heading out at about noon for the northern Oregon coast on a retreat with Michael for their high school youth group. (We get to keep the kids and their dog...). It's not that I'm bothered about the increase in family size, it's just that I'm sad Chele is leaving. I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again - life is just better with Michele around. More fun, more encouraging, more "all is well". But....due to our like-minded indulgence tendencies, it's also more food...so, in that regard, it's probably best our time together is nearing an end.
- ....which means, it's time to start being good eating again. I'm not going to test my theory on the scales, but I wouldn't be surprised if the 11 days of being super good were erased by the last 5 days of not being good....
- It means Camp Harlow Spring Break Camp is nearly over. As John provides pictures this evening from a lunch-time visit out there today with his camera, I'll put together another post on this subject. But, in a nutshell, the experience out there for the boys has been everything I'd hoped for and more....
- It means Mikayla has her first real eye doctor appointment. She's actually kind of excited about it, but as a Mom it means guilt and expenses. Guilt for not getting her in there earlier when we knew her vision wasn't perfect (it's no where near the problem it is for Brayden, but I suspect it is what's causing her headaches when she reads) - and then, of course, the expenses for the appointment and the inevitable glasses (and potential contacts) she'll probably be prescribed with. The appointment is at 1:20 today, so I'll let you all know how it comes out.
I guess the good news about all of this is that, if it weren't for having such a great week, I wouldn't be so sad for having it end. Between hanging with Mom yesterday for her birthday, laughter with the Whites in the evenings, a grueling (but in, its own way - amusing) group power workout with Michele at the gym, visits from Lisa, reports from the boys about their Harlow adventures, co-existing with Michele as we each take a couch and read a book, and just seeing the kids all be so happy together - it's been a splendid spring break