We had another fun week that culminated in a birthday celebration for our second child who turned 8–which means . . .
. . . another child out of carseats!
Now I am a believer of not rushing the growing up of your children, of holding tight to the memories, of not wishing away the here and now; however, I must admit to being excited about getting rid of a few items that children outgrow such as:
- DIAPER BAGS!!
- BABY FOOD!!
- SIPPY CUPS!!
- ALL THE BIG BABY GEAR!
AND CAR SEATS!!
Part of this excitement probably stems from the fact that we have 5 children, and we have had at least four children in car seats for four years. If you have ever had to try to put 3 car seats next to each other in a back seat of a small minivan which involves having the third child crawl under the buckled seatbelt and scraped knuckles from trying to buckle up that last seat by cramming your fingers between two seats, you would be excited too!
Anyway, all that to say, we had a birthday in our house this week!
Karis was very excited to receive a small camera for a present. I was very excited that I had found it at a garage sale the day before I would have had to buy a new one for her. I just love garage sales! She had been asking for one, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a starter camera. She had fun taking pictures the rest of her birthday. I love how that a child (or anyone) can take as many pictures as they want with a digital camera–and delete them later.
She received two Nancy Drew books and 2 headbands–items I also found at garage sales, and we gave her a couple of things I actually bought at a store (imagine that!).
She was allowed to have one friend come over to help her celebrate her birthday. One more girl in this house is always fun! They played all day and rounded out the evening with watching a movie and eating homemade cookie ice cream sandwiches (her choice of dessert!)
Some other fun activities of this week involved two food fellowships in our backyard. Sunday night after church we had families over whose husbands had participated in a Friday morning Bible study with my husband all summer.
Then Monday night, we had six neighbor families over for our annual summer cook-out. Every year we have so much fun doing it that we say we’re going to do it more often the next summer, but we never do it any more than once because of our busy lives.
I babysat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. this week!! I know some people do it all the time, but I usually only do three days, so this week was a little crazy for me. However, I only babysat two older girls on Friday; so I was able to still go out garage saling with my mom and friends. That is the all-important activity that must not be missed at any cost! Next week is my last week of going garage saling until next summer. (So sad!)
Today, we plan to have a normal Saturday at home–no weddings to go to; no grocery shopping to be done! Some cleaning must be accomplished, but first monkey bread for Karis’s birthday must be eaten!
So off I go to help do that important task! But first one question . . .