Summer vacation is finally here! Now that everyone is out of school I feel like we can officially start our summer. Yay!
The day after Hannah, Rachel & Joe’s last day of school they set off to Florida with my dad and Mary. Mary’s brother lives in Pensacola so they stayed with him. They saw the ocean for the first time, went on a dolphin cruise and swam a lot in the pool. (the ocean had red flags so they could only wade) They were gone a whole week and I was very ready for them to be home. They were very happy today to not be going anywhere in the car after the 14 hour drive to and from Florida!
Ben finished up his last week of school. He was already showing signs of anxiety knowing his schedule was about to change. He wanted to know “when can we start homeschool?”. We celebrated his last day with a picnic lunch at a new park, ice cream and then a trip to the library to pick out some new books to start the summer.
On Thursday we started demolition of the kitchen. New appliances are coming this week so we needed to tear out some cabinets and Matt is going to work on some electrical so we can plug them in when they arrive. I feel like a 6 year old on Christmas Eve! I can’t wait to get my new stove!!! We’ve got the countertop and flooring ordered so now we just have to do the yucky stuff like drywall and tearing up ceramic tile. YUCK! It’ll be worth it though! I can’t wait. I’m hoping to be mostly done by Jacob’s birthday party.
Ben had his first “friends” birthday party on Saturday. He requested an Angry Birds cake so of course I went right to Pinterest to get some ideas. He loved it and was a very happy boy for the day. It was very different having a party for kids with Autism, they all had fun but didn’t interact too much together. Which of course is natural for them, I just had to work at it not bothering me. I enjoyed meeting the moms of his friends and you can almost feel this instant connection with them knowing what it’s like having a special needs child. Ben had a great time and that was the most important thing. We had a great day celebrating him.
On Sunday we had a very special breakfast with my dad. I made waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. They were heavenly! We had a relaxing morning and then headed to my mom and Art’s to spend the afternoon with my grandparents. We ate and then sat in the shade watching the chickens and goats for entertainment. Aaaaahhhhhhh, Welcome Summer!!