Having only two kids home has made for a very quiet week. Christopher spends a couple of hours each morning at "Art Camp" run by our neighbor kids and the afternoon at rock-climbing camp. Nicholas and I have been walking him to Art Camp -- Christopher rides his bike and so does Nicholas. Chris is practically there by the time we get down the driveway, but Nicholas has had so much fun riding a big bike with training wheels that we go with Chris even though he doesn't really need us to go with him.
The first day Nick went flying down the hill and couldn't remember how to brake. My friend's parked car stopped him and fortunately Nick was fine as was the Hummer.
He's chosen to walk down the hill from now on and is practicing braking on the flat the whole way home. It makes for a very slow journey, but it's summer and I can say in all honesty WE HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO! I feel like this is the first week in a very long time that I can say that and it's WONDERFUL!!! I did remember late last night that I have sharing time on Sunday and dreamed all night that I'd arrived at church and had forgotten to prepare. Aside from that, I HAVE NOTHING ELSE I HAVE TO DO. Wow!! I did decide that it was the right week to focus on potty training. Again, Nicholas goes potty when I tell him to and when I don't tell him to he doesn't. So I don't know if we've made any progress. But at least I can say I tried.
Monday night we went to a Bees Baseball game. Last night Dan was out of town so I called a friend and we took the kids to play in the park and had a picnic. It was so relaxing to sit and talk with a friend. I am usually not so spontaneous, believe it or not, because I think of a million reasons why a friend would not want to go or couldn't go so last minute. But I went crazy and called anyway and she could go! It was a great evening.
I've tried organizing Nicholas and Christopher's rooms, but have progressed about one toy a day. Instead I'm spending loads of quiet time reading Jane Eyre and catching up on magazines. I will be happy to have my big kids home at the end of the week and I wouldn't want life to be quite so quiet all the time. But for one week, this is bliss!