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Strong start. (Please pass the cocktail.)

So we’re halfway through Day Two of the Ambitious Summer Plan – and so far, so good. I really like having scheduled time for all the things that we need and want to do. I made this

which seems to make everyone happier. We all seem to thrive on an insane amount a little bit of structure. I particularly enjoy telling them to turn off the TV because it’s 1:30 and “screen time” is now over…and no one argues with me or whines or complains. They (get this!) actually turn it off! Amazing.

Week One includes the study of Ancient Greece (Meghan), sharks (Griffin – no surprise. Remember his obsession and the day I almost threw him to the sharks?), and lightning/electricity (Nathan). So far, we’ve checked out a carload of books on these subjects, made a German “lightning cake” (as in “fast as lightning” – a stretch, I know, but it was better than eating shark steaks), and baked baklava. We’ve spent time reading, writing, and ‘rithmaticking, and I’ve even completed a scrapbook layout (from 2008). On the docket: crafts and a trip to the aquarium.

I feel like June Cleaver without the heels and pearls.

I sure hope it lasts. I sure hope I have the endurance to keep this up for 11 ½ more weeks.

How did June do it all?


I’ll bet she started drinking around 3:30, too.


I haven’t told you about this:

Meghan has been growing her out her hair for the last 4 years since the last time she donated it. Her hair grows veeeeerrrrrrryyyyy slllooooooowwwwwllllly.

I can’t get over how stinkin’ cute she is – and how much older she looks. Not only does she look older, but I think she grew a few inches overnight when she was asked to take her very first introductory babysitting job this summer. A good friend of mine is going back to grad school and taking some online courses this summer, so she needs a responsible, upstanding young lady to play with her two daughters while she studies upstairs. Meghan almost came completely unglued trying to contain all her excitement. She’s been compiling a list of craft projects to do with the girls – to the point of waking up in the middle of the night to add to her list. It’s so cute.

Here’s the coolest part of the story.

We’ve had some terrific babysitters over the years (most of whom brought craft projects). One of our favorites got married this weekend.

Morgan has watched my kids since she was in high school, and we all LOVE her so much. I have asked her parents many times what they did right in raising her because she is the kind of young woman that I want Meghan to grow up to be. She’s just a good girl who makes good decisions. She is smart and responsible, and she loves Jesus and loves people. She was one of those girls who never dated much in high school because no one quite met her high standards, and during her very first week of college, she met this great guy, fell head over heels…and here we are on her wedding day. We couldn’t be happier for her!

(The only time I cried during Morgan’s wedding was when her mom walked down the aisle. I kept thinking, “I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to do this…”)

So, like I said, we want Meghan to grow up to be like Morgan. And when I was talking to my friend who will employ Meghan this summer, she told me that Meghan is the kind of girl she wants her daughters to grow up to be – smart, responsible, good.

I need to pause here. Catch my breath, grab a Kleenex, take a sip of water.

OK. I’m alright.

That is such a huge, huge, HUGE compliment and affirmation that we are doing something right. I told Morgan’s mom this story, and she cried right along with me. Well, almost. We didn’t actually cry, but…you know. We shared a moment. We both have pretty awesome daughters.

Now, if she could color-code her daily babysitting craft schedule…


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