I don't enjoy being busy. In fact, most of the time I keep my calendar pretty clear and purposefully schedule free time for myself because I just really function best when I have lots of space in my days.
I do not believe in doing everything (I say no quite often actually) but I do believe that my husband works hard so that I can stay at home and be available to do things with and for our kids. SO, when there's a field trip or something going on that I can help with I like to say YES!
Such was the case this week.
I was able to go on Sarah's last big 5th grade hurrah...a field trip to Castlewood Canyon State Park. Got to lead a hiking group (which just so happens to be one of my most favorite things to do!)
We had a beautiful day to enjoy the great outdoors. Next week those 5th graders will bid farewell to the elementary school that has been their home for many years. I've grown to love so many of these kids (and their moms!), and watching them grow and mature has been so fun! Spending time with them this week was a gift to my heart!
I also volunteered to go with Abbey's first grade class to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo today. I haven't been to this zoo in awhile and I must say that it has improved since my last visit!
This zoo has a GREAT giraffe exhibit (I counted 15 today!) and the highlight for the kids was feeding them. Their tongues are black. Ewwwww. Believe me I was freely dispensing the hand sanitizer.
If you're wondering why I posted a pic of a giraffe's tongue it's because I don't have any other pictures that don't have other kids in them and you know how I feel about posting pics of other people and/or their kids without permission. (That was one long sentence!)
I clearly wasn't thinking when I told Abbey she could have a friend sleep over tonight (her first...ever!) after all day at the zoo. Every day this week has been jam-packed and the exhaustion has definitely set in. I couldn't stand to disappoint her though.
I just popped the girls some popcorn and they picked all the M&Ms out of the trail mix. They're watching Parent Trap 2 (one of my faves!) and I'm hoping they're equally exhausted and will crash pretty soon.
John graciously offered to take Sarah to the Family Beach Dance at school tonight because she was dying to go. I was so thankful! I took this cute pic of them before they left. I was proud of John for digging out his Hawaiian shirt in an attempt to be a little more festive. He texted me and said that "Who Let The Dogs Out?" was playing and the kids were going wild. His follow-up text said, "Limbo". He's a great sport, huh?
You wouldn't know it from the pictures in this post, but I have a 12-year-old son who's also had an eventful week. He's at a youth group function tonight and I think I'm going to do Paper, Rock, Scissors with John to see who gets to go and retrieve him. I have a secret strategy for winning at Paper, Rock, Scissors. I'm hoping it doesn't fail me tonight since I really want to stay on the couch in my pjs for the rest of the night!