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With school gearing up, I thought it’d be a fun week to share a picture based post. Many years ago, I used to do a picture week-in-review each week. It was a fun way to share what we’d been up to. Though I haven’t done one of these in a long time, I thought it was time to share another photo based peek into our week.
Ready to see what the family has been up to? Here you go…
Buying School Supplies
It’s one of my favorite sale seasons of the year – when you can get all sorts of awesome school supplies for way less than normal. We stocked up on all the regular goodies, plus these fun addition:
Bryan will use some of them for work, and the rest of them…well we have fun plans. Just need to keep them out of reach of the toddler. He’s quick on the draw when he has a Sharpie in hand! 😀
Four of the five boys needed hair cuts. They all have cowlicks that make their hair do weird things when it grows. And since we were heading to a church for our ministry, we wanted them to look nice.
So it was time for the bi-monthly scream-a-thon for this one. He really hates getting his hair cut. He really doesn’t like the feeling of the cut hair on him…
The other boys don’t love it, but none of them have ever hated it this much. I must say I took his hair a little shorter than normal so it’ll last longer…
We’ve been on deputation for just over a year now, and this weekend gave us the opportunity to connect with a church up north. The drive up there on Saturday was fun, and we had some wonderful fellowship that afternoon and evening.
We went back to the hotel for a little while in the afternoon so the littles could nap. Tyler decided the bed was pretty comfy and snuggled right down. Bryson decided he wasn’t really tired and would much rather stay awake and watch everyone else. Thankfully he didn’t fight sleep for too long…
A kind couple from the church cooked us breakfast before church on Sunday. And, she had a litter of kittens she let the kids hold while they waited. They had so much fun loving on these little creatures…
After church, there was a delicious BBQ. So much delicious meat…some of the men arrived at the church before four in the morning to get their meat going. It was so good!
When the potluck was over, we followed the Pastor and his wife over to a different church across the mountain. They were replacing a roof and needed more hands. The kids enjoyed pitching in and helping pick up shingles and run the magnets over the ground looking for nails.
We headed home after supper on Sunday, and made it home late that evening. It was an incredible weekend. It’s always a blessing to meet new people and fellowship with them.
Monday morning, we headed to Spokane for a few errands. Ellie asked if we could go to the mall, and since we had a little flexibility in our day, we agreed. They enjoyed looking at the stores and riding the escalators. Those are seriously like a ride for most of the kids – so fun!
We found some great deals at Barnes and Noble, and I picked up some geography themed books to aid in our learning this year.
We had to wait for some of the family to use the bathroom, so we found a bench. Here are my silly kids, just chilling. Bryson was wearing crocs that slipped off his feet while he was like this. He didn’t go barefoot to the mall, as much as he probably would have liked to.
Preparing for School
While Bryan ran up to help his mom with an electrical problem on Monday afternoon, the kids and I started making preparations for school. They cleaned out their supplies from last year and started stocking pencil boxes with what they need for this year.
It’s hard to believe that this year the kids are going to be in:
- 12th (wait..what??? How did that even happen?)
Wow – time sure flies! Here’s Syd part way through organizing her new box.
When you have a child with developmental disabilities, feeding is often a challenge. Our special little guy doesn’t have the fine motor skills to feed himself like typically developing kids. So, he uses his hands. Since he’s very texture oriented, this often leads to a big mess.
He crumbles his food and sometimes takes it out of his mouth and smears it.
He gets crumbs all over, and also snags anything he can reach and tries to eat it. This includes crayons and papers. . Then when he leaves the table, if I’m not quick enough to brush him off right away, he trails a mess behind him.
This is why I typically feed him if we aren’t at home!
Thankfully the broom and dustpan quickly clean the mess up. But, it is a reoccuring part of our weeks – and trying to balance letting him practice essential feeding skills and opting to feed him to save time on cleaning can be a challenge for me…
We really enjoy taking family walks. Sometimes the kids ride bikes and see how many times they can “lap”the walkers.
Today, we went down to the creek and the kids threw some rocks in. Here was my view on the way back. This time spent outside really helps us all prepare for quiet time!
How Was Your Week?
Did you have a nice week? I sure hope so!