Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This week...

1.  After nine years of living in this town Fred and I just discovered a treasure.  Are you ready for this?!?  Every Thursday at Captain D's in Paris kids eat free.  Kids eat free!  It's a game changer.  Two kids (under 12!) eat free with every paying adult.  They get a choice of chicken, fish or shrimp and one side, plus their drink.  Amazing.  Why have we not partaken of this yet?!?  I do not know.  So, if you come to visit us on a Thursday night and we aren't home you'll know where to find us.
2.  We had a yard sale at our house last weekend to raise support for our upcoming mission trip to Seattle.  He had a great turn out of people and items to sell.
Andrew thought this yard sale was the coolest thing EVER.  He shopped ALL.DAY.LONG!!  Every time he went outside he was dragging something back in my house.  (For those of you who don't know me well...I do not like clutter.)  We ended up with a 2 chairs and table, a Thomas tent (which we've had before and I sold at a yard sale), and multiple little trinkets.  It became quite the battle.  

3.  Clayton is at Lego Robotics Camp this week.  His "professor" (his words, not mine) allowed them to take a robot apart and then rebuild it.  Then they got to program it using the computer.  Today they are using a Lego Scorpion (?).  I have never heard so much excitement in a child's voice as he told me all about his class.

In the car Sunday on the way to meet up with Mawmaw and Pawpaw, I had a discussion with the boys about these camps they were going to.  I told them they might feel out of place or awkward in the beginning, but not to worry, because it would get better.  I also told them , with a lump in my throat, that I would be praying for them.  Clayton very matter of fact responded with, "Mom, you sound worried about us.  Don't worry.  We are all very social."  Fast forward to Monday afternoon...
Once he got finished with his class he called me.  When I asked him if he had made any friends he said (again, very matter of fact), "Mom, there really wasn't much time for socializing.  A kid did teach me how to play chess, though."  Good times!
4.  Jack's tball team had their final game (sniff, sniff) last week.  Jack was fired up.  We lost.  But in the end no one cared, because our coach passed out trophies.  Trophies make everything better, don't they?!?
Our coach took the entire team to Jackson for a Generals game.  He provided Jack's ticket, meal card and bounce pass AND he paid for an adult to go as well.  Jack and his team got to run out on the field and they had their team name announced.  We stayed until the end for the fireworks show and then the kids got to run the bases.  It was a magical night.
Since we live in rural West TN the little things in life excite my children....like escalators, carnivals and fireworks.  These two are amused and no, we did not set this picture up.  That really was their natural reaction.
 One is this picture was amused, one was not.  Shocker.  Although, after it was all over he did not stop talking about how neat it was.

5.  For Jack's party I was preparing water balloons.  Andrew came outside to "help" me.  I asked him repeatedly to go check on his brothers.  It was taking forever.  Finally I said, "Andrew if you'll just give me fifteen minutes by myself I can get this done a lot faster."  He said, "Oh, that's okay mom.  I've got plenty of time."  Great.

I work with our children at church on Wednesday nights.  Andrew comes with me a lot.  We always have a few things that we work on...books of the Bible, 12 disciples, fruits of the spirit, etc.  This semester I challenged them to memorize Psalm 100 with me.  About 25 kiddos memorized it.  We worked each Wednesday night.  What I didn't know was how much of it Andrew was picking up.  Janice got a video the other day.  For some reason it cut off the end, but you can get the general idea.  The hand motions that he's doing were memory cues that I taught the kiddos to help them memorize it.  I pray Andrew keeps this in his heart forever.

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