We're back from a very satisfying vacation in Springpatch, Midwestern State. The trip was not without its snafus---Robert and Caroline caught colds, and I hurt my back for a couple of days after doing this weird surfing thing in the pool with James. But the kids were 97% delightful in the car (and without DVDs to boot!) and we got lots of rest at the grandparents'. Having kids who are old enough not to need constant vigilance/suggestions of things to do = priceless.
Caroline enjoyed playing on a real piano. Our digital piano is wonderful but there's no beating an actual grand. She is teaching herself this piece. I'm boggling at the motivation in this kid, but it sure made for a nice soundtrack for our trip.
James had a breakthrough in the swimming pool and is now going under water after many months/years of unhappiness at getting his face wet. Tonight he went from bobbing up and down in place to actual locomotion. He was SO proud.
Meanwhile, Margaret can turn a mean cartwheel.
As for me, I have two more days to finish proofing the PDF of my book. It's very exciting to see it at this stage. July is going to be a tremendous month, with a number of conferences and articles and things on tap.
And school's out, which means I will be doing the summer shuffle: camps, babysitters, swim team, child care, etc.
Coming tomorrow: a contest/giveaway with a VERY quick turnaround. I need a new epigraph for one of my chapters, something about Sabbath and/or living lightly in time. Put your thinking caps on....more details in the morning.
And now, a few photos. The headwear came from New Salem. That's Caroline hanging on the monkey bars, and I included the one of me because I think I look relaxed... a rare posture for me :-)