I am so thankful for the long weekend with everyone home. My husband kicked things into high gear and in the past few days has managed to:
Moss treat the roof
change out and repair broken screen doors
install shelves inside cupboard
put a/c unit in window
grill out three times
move storage shed
organize the entire thing
weed treated back patio
and with the help of the rest of us...
We have cleaned and prepared our tiny back yard for a new play area for our small children- this way we have a fenced in place to take them over the summer complete with outdoor play kitchen, mini basketball hoop, sand box and a water table. (Plus a small pool for when its warmer out.) These are all things that we already had but it made more sense to have them all be together outside where messes can readily be made during the summer. We cleaned up an old patio set, freshened it up with new cushions, hubby build a little fence to block off bikes from Izzy... and we planted some flowers. I am excited!
I had a long standing "honey do" list going that had to be completed without delay because my hubby got a new job, with a new company, and will be going out of town- for the summer... possibly tomorrow. (Welcome back to the world of construction where no one has a plan until the last minute!)
I am sad. But happy.
I am so thankful for the past six months of my husband being home.
So many wounds were healed between him and Sophie. And the six months he was able to participate in her counseling were exactly what was needed for them both. (I secretly look forward to the next time we can have him home for an extended stay!!)
Yes things are financially really tight when he isn't working. But seriously- we manage- and live frugally, and ENJOY one another as much as possible because we know that when work starts- we won't see him often!
He will be home on weekends or we will drive the 4.5 hours to meet him out of town on some weekends. So at least we know we have Friday night late until Sunday evenings together! This job is set to last 11 weeks. In construction lingo that means 11-15 weeks. Then they will start on a job within driving distance from home. (Still 100+ miles each way, eeek... the gas costs!!)
I am also very thankful for my children. They helped out all weekend long and I only heard one of them complain. Grace had a car wash with friends over the weekend at a local gas station and they made $320 towards the Mexico mission trip. Now each of the girls only needs $40 plus spending money for the trip. I am very impressed with how resourceful each one of them has been!
In other employment news...
David, Cole, Grace and Sophie have all been offered jobs at a local Berry farm for a month this summer. They all will be accepting the positions and we have asked that they work the same shift to make the driving a little easier on me. Grace has both the mission trip and cheerleading camp this summer... AND high school soccer practice, cheer practice AND she DID make the select soccer team so she will have practice and tournaments for that so I am not really sure how she thinks she will have time to work at the berry farm. She might have to just have some babysitting jobs but needs some convincing that she "can't do it all!"
I hope that you had a good long weekend too!