Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Busy, busy

We have had a busy last couple of weeks. I'll start with Saturday, the 16th. Every year the men of the churches around Montana go on a Wilderness Trek. Ed was not able to go this year, but Gage and Steve did. So that left Jenny and Darci husbandless. In past years we have spent a lot of time together while our husbands are gone. This year we did the same even though my husband was not gone! Thursday evening I was able to leave my children home and go "hang out" with the girls. Darci made Amish Friendship bread and we watched the Olympics. Friday we went over for all the kids to play together. The girls all went in the bedrooms and we didn't see or hear of them for several hours! That evening they all came over here for pizza - Darci was wanting Papa Johns Pizza which is here in Bozeman, not Belgrade. We went for some Cold Stone Ice Cream after that. Saturday was the Potato Festival in Manhattan. We went mostly for the parade. Here is one of the floats. Thought it was too funny.

Here are all the children watching the parade. My girls brought their backpacks because they remembered that everyone throws candy. They wanted to be set.
That evening after all the guys got back and Becky came into town, we had a barbeque at our house. There were 21 people here - 10 adults and 11 kids. We had the kids eat outside on the grass and the adults all set at the table for some nice adult conversation.

Last week was busy with lots of different things. I painted my classroom at the church building (just needed a fresh coat - am going to try and paint the trim this week). I also worked a lot. Tuesday we had an all day orientation meeting. I also worked on the payroll several days. Plus we went camping on Friday. Gina had a great idea about getting college age kids from around the stat together for a campout. She picked a spot by Georgetown Lake (she grew up in Anaconda and knew of a good place there that was centrally located for others to come to). I was the provider/cook for the food for the weekend. So I spent time getting that ready and packing the camper. We had a nice turnout. 6 kids came from here, 2 from Great Falls and 1 from Anaconda.

Saturday morning the college kids went for a hike. We did not go because the girls really wanted to go fishing. It's a good thing we didn't go, because they ended up hiking about 11 miles. Anyway, we walked down to the lake. It wasn't a very good fishing spot so we didn't stay long. But at least they cast their poles a few times.

When we got back they wanted to go for a hike. So we walked up the road to the trailhead and back. That was probably a mile one way. There was this big rock on the way. Hannah wanted to see if she could climb it. She did it all by herself!

Halee did it too.

We got the trailhead and turned around. They wanted to climb the rock again. This time Ed climbed too and then jumped off. Well, they had to do that too.

Monday morning I had to do a "mock run" on the bus. We have a new school opening and they wanted to see how times were going to work out. After route, I spent 3 hours giving my bus a good cleaning before school starts on Wednesday. So today is our last "lazy" day of the summer. So far we are enjoying it. I have a haircut appointment at 11 and the girls have a dentist appointment at 1. We have to find a water bottle for Hannah for school (the last school supply we need). Hopefully a lazy evening before the rest of the week. It is already full with Wednesday being school and bible class. Thursday we have gymnastics after school (Hannah is in 1st grade and will go to school every day) and I have a bible class teacher meeting. Friday we will head up to camp where I am the assistant cook for the weekend. Whew! I'm tired already!


Sydni said...

I'm tired too. It all sounds like lots of fun for you guys - well, mostly.

agsnmt said...

Tell the girls good luck tomorrow on their first day of school! Happy Driving to you!

JeremyNSunny said...

Some more great times!! I miss all those exciting, varied outdoor explorations. I'm thankful that you can be a good friend to Darci. I enjoyed getting to know her a little during our weekend there!