Keturah had a hard time waking up, but I insisted she get up because she's been having a hard time going to sleep at night. I suspect she does need a little later bedtime, but only IF she can get up cheerfully by 8 am, which seems to be our normal wake up time, if not a little earlier. I know Justin sometimes has to come out to the living room to read until 9:30 or 10 pm (Abishai needs to be in bed by 9 pm). It helps to put them all to bed at the same time with teeth brushed and settling in to read or something and helps Abishai know it's time to sleep. Also, Justin has been letting Socks out first thing because he's up before Keturah, but Keturah needs to be the one to bring him in. She is in charge of the dog's in and out runs. But hopefully, by this time tomorrow we'll have a fixed fence, so it will be a little easier to let the dog out! Right now, he has on the long lead line that is heavily bolted to a block of cement in the ground. Our friends came and measured the fence and such and loved on Socks for a bit this afternoon.
Speaking of projects, Jared has been busy every day doing something for the house. He got a bunch of stuff at Lowe's on Tuesday for various things like a clothesline, a bat box (yes, live bats), more trees, and flooring for the bathrooms, which unfortunately need a lot of attention. I kept walking into the garage and smelling that "new wood" smell and it was heavenly! Not sure why I love it, but I do enjoy it!
Abishai puttered all day with Micro Machines and ran around with Justin and his friend. And he did take off for Grandma's house today with a huge grin on his face looking directly at me, making me run down the driveway after him, before he turned around back to the driveway. Punk! It's a good thing our street is so quiet during the day! And no wonder I don't get much done during the day because between him and the dog, I'm chasing them all day making sure they aren't running the neighborhood!
So, CIY Move. Lots of great pictures coming through on Instagram of the high schoolers praying over their fellow students by grade level. Lots of great clips of the music. Pics of them in hallway doing devos. Healthy, deep, faith talks with friends. And even a talent show to boot! And they walked a mile one way to a park to see fireworks last night! They come home on Saturday morning. A lot of them will be going to a theme park on Saturday, but both Gary and Benaiah have to work at church this weekend, so they will be coming home. The buses have to come through Indianapolis on their way to Cincinnati anyway so I'm sure there's been arrangements made like last year when Benaiah did go to theme park, but Gary and Jared traded places so Gary could preach. Yeah, imagine that. Spending all week with teens, staying up late, lots of activities, and still managing to get work done for his day job, and have enough energy to preach 4 times in 2 days that weekend. Crazy! And amazing! There's some other amazing things, but I'll show you the pictures first.
|Big truck helps medium sized car.|
|Duplos with Daddy! I haven't brought out the primary color duplos, so princess duplos it is!|
|Abishai was insistent that Mommy and Daddy go to sleep, complete with a folded up kleenix as a pillow and the blanket has to have the stars showing and not the plain side.|
|Abishai is all about people and characters.|
|Now it's the trucks' turns to play house!|
|Abishai tried to put the train together, but it's very difficult. He said that "no big, little" indicating he knew the different sizes of the trains and that this combo doesn't work.|
|Awww, it's tiring to keep up with your people, isn't it Socks? I agree! I'm exhausted, too!|
|I decided to switch out some of the switchplates with switchplates I took from the Beech Grove house. Here's the gardening one. There is one with a bunny and bear, but it's not appropriate for the boys' room or any other place. Bummers!|
|I found my light for the piano and plugged it in! That corner won't be dark anymore! I do need a lampshade for it though.|
|Always a mess of toys, but the toys have to be put away and the box needs to be moved to the toy room.|
|Having fun in the garage and the ball pit that I thought no one was interested in right now.|
|Big bumble bee on this tall purple flower.|
|Another new flower in the garden!|
|OOOOOO, this one belongs in a photography contest! Wow! Go me! But I liked how I can see the yellow pollen that the bumble bees have been mixing around lately.|
|I emptied 4 boxes of books the other day, so the space is starting to look like it should when it's all done.|
|Messier art supplies like paint and extra pens, pencils, paper, crayons, etc.|
|It took some work, but Jared got a new handle on the main bathroom door.|
|Our bedroom door needed some work, too. At least Jared has the right tools and skills for the job!|
|Here's the special liquid.|
|The move the groups of teens around to different spots each night so everyone gets a chance to be close to the stage. Benaiah is somewhere in that most pit.|
|Benaiah's point of view at worship time.|
|I guess little man was hungry enough to try to eat hot dogs through the pacakging.|
|Peanut butter, bnnana, and lots of festive sprinkles! Then Justin and Keturah confessed that they ate sprinkles straight out of the container, being careful not to put their mouths on the bottle.|
|This picture was taken in Holland, Michigan 8 years ago when Benaiah joined Gary at CIY because Gary was the main speaker that year at that location. Benaiah was only 7 years old.|
|Now check them out. I asked them to recreate the picture for me so I could do the side by side comparison. Amazing! Grandpa and almost fully grown grandson. Awww!!!!!|
Talent show at CIY. Benaiah solved his Rubix cube in 36 seconds, wowing the crowd! Pretty awesome! That kid belongs on the stage and always has! Rock on, Benaiah!