Monday, August 19, 2013

Busy busy


Joel's parents came to visit for two days, and that was a huge blessing to me. On my side of the family, it has always been up to me to travel with the kids if we wanted to see anybody. Because of this, I rarely get to see my family. It's been one of the biggest struggles I've faced since Joel's joined the military. There is a lot of guilt, pressure, and sadness. Anyways, to have them travel 24 hours round trip just to visit for two days was amazing. Sam and Allie cried a lot when the fun ended, but while  my heart hurt for them, it also made me happy knowing that even though their grandparents live all the way in France, there is a lot of love between them!
 
We also went raspberry picking twice this month. We got 12.5 pounds of delicious organic, pesticide free berries at a fraction of store prices! Yum! We ate our fill of them, and the rest are tucked away in the freezer for another day.

 
Sam started school again. Probably because I still have two at home, but the school year is a hundred times more hectic than summer. Got to follow schedules and wake up at specific times. He and Allie also hung out a lot this summer, which I loved and was really great for them, but now Allie misses her pal. But we do have the first week down with no casualties. Joel is gone for all of this week though, so we'll see how we manage. It's only been two days, but it's making me cringe a lot about the thought of a future deployment. I guess we'll cross that bridge when it comes...
 
I finally finished my kitchen table project. So glad that's done with!
 
Because now I can get onto my other projects. One of which currently looks like this:

 
and after that (well, probably before, we'll see) comes this $10 gem I picked up at a yard sale. Suuuuper excited about this find!

 
Joel starts his masters work again in September and is also refereeing kids soccer this fall, so it doesn't seem like things are slowing down for a while. 

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