On Tuesday, we went to Wellfield Botanical Gardens. We enjoyed the flowers and people watching. Just before we left, we were told there was a class and art project for children. We went to that. The bird feeder that Megan made was fun, but the class itself was geared for much younger children.
After lunch with Daddy, we colored and played outside some. We got ready to play in the sprinkler and Megan came outside to discover Thor hogging it. Megan got to get wet before a storm we had been watching came in. She did not mind because she got to make dinner instead!
Megan made her first batch of macaroni and cheese. It is a super easy recipe, given to Andrea years ago by my friend Kristi. Butter a baking dish, add uncooked noodles, cover the noodles with milk, season to taste and add shredded cheese to the top and bake for about an hour at 350. Easy but yummy!
Yesterday, Allan drove the older four children to camp. Â Megan was excited that Mommy Camp started!
Megan had a lot of fun. She made grilled cheese sandwiches all by herself for our lunch. They were very good! Â We ate ice cream. Â She read a littleÂ and then we went to the mall to see if we could find some fun projects to do this week.
Daddy got home around 4:30. Â We enjoyed a cook out and Megan played on the swings. Â She practiced crossing her eyes and then we just relaxed and enjoyed a quiet evening with each other.
A few weeks ago, Audrey was invited to her first prediction run. Â She ran 5k in the woods ahead of the friend who invited her. Â Mark and Andrea have joined her for the last two weeks.
Mark said that when they get to the race, they write down the time they think they will take to run 5k. Â After running, they write down their time and find out how close they were.
This was Andrea’s first time running the 5k and she took 28 minutes. Â Since she only runs during soccer, that is not bad. Â Mark was off by 28 seconds on his guess of 22 minutes. Â Audrey however, ran it inÂ 26.58, which was 2 seconds off of her guessÂ and won this week! Â She came home with a medal and a huge smile.
It was our first weekend without a soccer game in months. Â The kids asked what ourÂ plans were for the weekend. Â We said there were a few things that needed done. Â Then the kids took off.
Without asking, Mark and AudreyÂ worked outside. They cleanedÂ out overgrown weed beds and cut back some poison ivy. Â After double checking what to save, Mark started on the front garden. Â Adrian needed some direction, but cleaned out a hosta garden, and he helpedÂ clean up cuttings the older kids left.
Andrea asked what was the most important job in the house and cleaned out three drawers that have needed cleaning for months. When Allan got home from the store, she started cleaning off the patio so we could restain it. Â She already volunteered to stain it for us.
Allan and Megan went shopping.Â Â Megan helped Allan put together a pressure washer and then they worked on different projects.
A lot ofÂ work got done this weekÂ with very little input from me. Â The lawn was mowed and gardens have improved a lot. Â The wading pool was scrubbed out and moved to a new spot. The garage was cleaned on the sly. The house has been done. School work continues daily and the kids have summer jobs.
It is neat just standing back and watching everyone take responsibility for something and then get it done properly. Â I am one spoiled Momma.