It’s been a good day. I think I’ve finally recovered from vacation and the young adult retreat. It’s nice to have children who are old enough to wake up before you and not need you! If I sleep in on the weekend, one or two of them will usually come in and fall back asleep with me for awhile. If they’re not doing that, they’re really good about shutting doors and turning down the volume on the TV before playing the wii.
Our plan for today was to go to church, spend a relaxing afternoon together at home, and then drive over to Panco for the Mennonite hymn sing. That changed after church when Bodie asked us if we wanted to go get something to eat. The three older kids all walked home while Roger and I were still talking to people at church. When I stopped in at the house before we left for Hazard, I saw that Malin had very neatly set the table for lunch – including place cards beside each plate. 🙂 It looks great – still.
Those kids are more and more fun to take out in public. We ate at Pizza Hut, and at one point I thought I saw a man across the restaurant smiling over at our family. (He could have just been watching the deathly-looking supercross crashes on the tv above our heads, but his smile looked just a little too peaceful.) I used to get pitying smiles from strangers. These days, our children sit around a restaurant table and carry on conversations with us, and strangers are more likely to say things like, “That’s a fine bunch of kids you’ve got there.”
I got a package in the mail yesterday – NOT the package containing the CD that I’ve been waiting for – but it was a fun surprise. Sometime back before the start of this eternal winter, I entered the UPC number from a Pringles can into the Reader’s Digest website, and SURPRISE! I was one of the first 300 people to do so. I was told that I would receive a free “stay-cation” package. (Maybe they predicted that this winter weather would be keeping people in – or maybe they weren’t planning on families receiving their stay-cation kits until spring vacation time.) Either way… they were encouraging families to try vacationing at home once in a while. So we got a DVD (Peter Pan – not the animated one), a word puzzle book and an air freshener. Interesting combination.
I watched that Peter Pan movie awhile back and was not impressed with the scary mermaids. That’s about all I remember of it, but I do remember thinking: this is not a little kid movie. Guess I’ll try it again…
…if I can find the time to watch something that is not Jeeves and Wooster. Roger played THREE episodes of that last night. Andrew, if you’re reading this… we are thoroughly enjoying the loan of Jeeves and Wooster.