I had a birthday (45!!!) during this time and requested a Picture of the Day with my youngest. I won't be bending down long. . .soon he'll have to do that for me!! I was dressed up because a close friend was taking me to lunch on my birthday. Not often that I'm off in the middle of the week to "lunch" -- ha! Here we were digging into dessert after an awesome meal of fish tacos for me and crab cake sliders for her :) And, to brag on my kiddos -- they had gone out early that morning and brought Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits home for breakfast. It was a great day!
My exciting gift was this:
Frederick also replaced my FitBit that stopped working a couple of weeks ago. That was so thoughtful of him -- I really liked having one and this one is a tad more upgraded. I especially like checking my heart rate while exercising and having the time right on it too.
For some reason, Valentine's Day is a "big deal" for our kiddos. Tom and I rarely, if ever, celebrate it ourselves, but the kids almost always buy and wrap gifts for one another. Because of this, we always try to do something for them too -- this year we got them each $20 Chick-fil-A gift certificates. The kids always know what kind of candy to get me (!!!) and Margaret made a card for Tom since he no longer eats sugar. Thomas doesn't look awakes because, well, he wasn't :) Also, he was the only one who didn't participate in the gifting -- but no matter, he was overly generous at Christmas, which is the holiday when HE likes to over-do it. Frederick is a birthday-giver, as is Marie. She rarely forgets a friend's birthday, even if they live out-of-town. I'm so proud of them and their hearts for others. Margaret certainly heads the Valentine's Day celebration -- the elaborately wrapped gifts were hers :)
Can't leave Chelsea out -- she got a new bed!!
Not only did Marie (on right) lead her school soccer team this year and then play for her school's basketball team (they were short on players), but she has worked incredibly hard for their Science Olympiad team also! Dr. Ham signed her up and she ducked out of an out-of-town soccer tournament this past weekend to compete at Lee University with CCS. She participated in four events and took 2nd place in Rocks and Minerals. I'm so proud of her! Tom got to spend the day with them -- they needed an extra driver -- and although it was boring for him, at least it was science which he likes more than me :)
My dad was here this weekend, which was nice too. We played tennis, went out to breakfast (both with and without Frederick), and played games -- dominoes and cards. We had some Cedar Lake Camp people over for dinner Saturday night and Thomas was asked to Prom!!
M was so clever about it -- bringing Thomas a box of his very favorite donuts from our former town :) The lid was inscribed with "Wanna Go To Prom?". I'm so happy he has these life-long friends (it will be year 10 for both of them at CLC this summer) and that finally, after he's said "good-bye" to high school, that he will attend a dance!!! This will be at his former HS in our former town where he mostly grew up with these classmates -- it will be a good end to this season of his life I hope.
So. . .with that, I wrap up the last three weeks :) Right now I'm looking forward to being a full-time mother and wife, maybe start blogging again, finding ways to reach out and give others a hand, work on the house that we moved in to almost two years ago but I haven't had time to invest in, and I have even been invited to a Bible study. And guess what text they were studying last week? Yep. John 15.
In His Grace and Love and Service,