So, I've gotten a TON of stuff done, but could have pushed a tad harder today. I still have the next 3 days to work hard at it, and then in the next few weeks, I'll focus on it in the mornings 5 days a week (maybe 6?), maybe 2 hrs or so. It shouldn't be terribly difficult since I have the boxes prelabeled and most are still partly together. Can't wait to unpack them for good!
Meanwhile, the kids are having a blast in Florida, swimming like 2-3 hrs straight in the morning. They are staying at a private home, so they have the pool all to themselves. Keturah's room has a door that opens the pool deck so she says she has special "beach access." I did have to remind Justin that he needs to study Bible Bowl and both of them need to read their history books for me. "Oh, Mom! I'm on vacation!" I don't care! Welcome to life where vacation is not 100% free of work. Even on vacations, Moms have to wash clothes and pick up after kids and make meals and clean up from those meals. So, I think you'll live if you do just a little bit of reading and studying to keep your mind sharp. I'm sure Grandpa will have about 5 books read by the end of the week and Grandma might have 1-2 done as well. I'm currently reading a book on classical education or rather, a Latin based education. I ordered more books on the topic from the library as well, because I really want to understand this type of education and see what I want to pick out and possibly use.
Anyway, we've had some great evening time with Daddy and Babee, but I can tell Abishai is missing Sissy and Baba Justin. Thankfully, he does get engrossed into his play, so I can still putter around. But I have been engaging him a lot too, by going outside and sitting down and playing marbles and marble track with him, or talking with him at meal time. But I think he and I are lonely! I don't know what I'll do when all the kids are grown up and out of the house! We'll probably have grandchildren before Abishai is in college, but still, I do not look forward to an "empty nest" and "starting the rest of my life." Not at all. You only have like 900 weeks with each kid under the age of 18 yrs. That's not a lot when you break it down and compare it to the rest of your life. If you have a kid at 20 (like me), they'll be 18 when you're 38, and if I live another 40 years, he'll be 58 and I'll be 78. Point is, what am I going to do without Benaiah for the next 40 years? Well, thankfully, I will still have the others, especially Abishai for 13 years more. But still? How will I fill my time after homeschooling all those years? POINT IS, that I miss having my kids near me. Especially Benaiah. But he seems to be softening to other ideas of what his last 3 years of high school will look like, which can be a combination of many different classes. Big sigh. At least I think Justin will be with me through his high school years. We've kind of already talked about it. I'm not scared of Benaiah being in the big wide world, no, I'm just going to be miss my boy, like I already do now.
Ok, moving on from that rabbit trail....here's the pics.
|It was already 70 degrees but Abishai thinks he always needs to put a coat on to go outside. He also thought the hood might keep the sun our of his eyes, lol. I did get him to take it all off later.|
|We were playing in the car, so I said, why not buckle in the basketball! I know it's goofy, but I've learned that kids need to explore even things that don't make sense to us adults.|
|Pool time starting at 7:45 am with just a smidgen of breakfast in their bellies!|
|I think this is a hot tub area. Nice eh?|
|They visited Thomas Edison's winter home!|
|Pool time at 8 am! They didn't get out until 11 am! 3 hrs of swimming! They are fishes!|
|Alligator field trip! They went into the Everglades and spent the afternoon at a place with a swamp buggy ride, air boat ride, and walked through an animal and reptile collection.|
|Say what?! They saw a real live black bear from the buggy ride!|
|I'm glad they were way up high from the bear! About 20 feet away!|
|Jared remembers when they rode airboats when on vacation as kids. Now it's my kids' turn! Maybe I'll get to do it someday, too with Abishai and Benaiah! Keturah didn't like it though, thus the sour face. They got to see lots of alligators.|
|It must have been a loud boat if they needed headphones. I assume it was to either block the noise OR be able to hear the guide or both.|
|This is where they ate dinner tonight, Ford's Garage. Interesting! It was a burger joint.|
|Oh! Check out that COOL sink! Abishai would LOVE to see this!|
|LOL! Custom built?! Stamped buns? And obviously this is Gary's burger because it has a fried egg on it. I'm sure this picture makes Jared jealous!|
|Look at this! (I didn't look closely at the pictures until I typed the captions). There's a table made out of a truck bed!|
|So, Ford trucks in each bay, and their beds are used as tables. Awesome!|
|Man, I wish Abishai could have gone! This is just up his alley! (pun intended). I can't wait to take him and the kids to the racetrack this year and to the annual Hot Wheels exhibit at the Children's Museum. Cars, cars, CARS!|
|How old are you Benaiah? 2? Yup!|
|Oddest thing: he sat down on his car, and wanted to still cuddle his blankie after waking up this morning. And he always, always likes to share his blankie with his stuffed animals or with us if we are snuggling with him, etc.|