Friday, June 15, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: A Fun-Filled Week

I have to admit that I missed the extra time reading this week that I had last week.  It's amazing how much you can read in just half an hour.  :)

John and I tag-teamed the swim meet Saturday, having hired a babysitter for the three little girls since John had to go into work for a little while.  I enjoyed the time there, watching my kids swim and spending that time with them.  Mostly, I was pleased with their good attitudes, how they cheered each other on, and how they took responsibility for getting themselves to the right place at the right time.  The cherry on top, however, was Sarah Beth coming in third in the 50m freestyle!

I had hoped that this week would be a little slow, that we would have some good downtime since it's summer and all.  But I was wrong.  We were out of the house early (before 9:00 which isn't that early, I know, but it is summer) three mornings, and we had things the other days, too.  Remember that an ideal day for me is when we stay home all day long.  :)  But that didn't happen this week.  And that's okay.  I'm trying to have a fun-filled summer, working on my word for the year:  fun.  Without spending too much money, taking advantage of resources we already have.

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng.  I saw this book at one of the gift shops at the Grand Canyon and knew that it would make a wonderful souvenir.  Almost as soon as I finished it, John picked it up, and I know that several of my children will read it, too.  The United States Marines used Navajos to come up with a code the Japanese could not break during World War II.  
  • Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl.  I'm reading this book for the second time, and it is really helping me get through my morning runs on the treadmill.  I guess I would describe it as Christian fantasy mixed with fairy tales.  Oh, so very good!
  • If I Run by Teri Blackstock.  I don't usually read thrillers, but I'm enjoying this one.  In order to escape being framed as the murderer of her friend, Casey has to flee.  Dylan is hired to find her, but some things about the case don't add up to Casey being the murderer.
  • We were supposed to meet friends at the Health Museum Tuesday morning, but things came up for them.  So we went by ourselves and had a good time.  Afterwards, we went to...
  • Costco to activate our Groupon membership and do some shopping.  I know I spent too much, stocking up, but I also know that we'll eat everything that I bought.  :)
  • I took the kids swimming Monday and Thursday evenings, and we had fun.  Hannah is getting the hang of using her puddle-jumper which means that I don't have to keep a hand on her every single second, although I do keep a very close eye on her.  
  • playing Battleship with Mary.  She's been asking me to play a game with her all week, and finally I realized that it's summer, and I want to be available for things like that.  So I said, "Yes," and enjoyed the time with her.
  • Hearts of Fire:  Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Faith.  This book reminded me how easy my life here in the United States really is.  The stories of these women were truly inspiring, and I encourage you to read this book to see what the Christian life is like in so many parts of the world.
Tomorrow I'm going to see Guys and Dolls with a friend.  This musical is one of my favorites, so I've been excited about it ever since I first heard about it.  

What did you enjoy this weekend?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

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