Jonathon helped the boys build the TP that was supposed to be the main sleeping quarters. Well, the first night they all ended up under the stars because the fire was too smokey and smoked them out. After I found a burnt hole in his pillow, that he had no idea was there, I think he decided to put up the regular tent for sleeping. :) The TP has provided much fun for them though, The story of Alegra's night under the stars with the dog taking the toy Benaiah was sleeping with, and then taking her hat is quite funny though, She wasn't impressed with his dog slobber all over it. :)
While the children enjoyed getting the tent all set up with sleeping bags and the room divider, Jonathon played some music and just relaxed.
Because he is such a good dad, he set up the pool we originally purchased for our birthing pool. It was way too big, so we opted for a smaller one. Since we still had this on hand and the day was to be lovely, Jonathon blew it up and filled it partially with water for the boys to play in. They had an absolute ball playing and doing tricks. All laughter from the yard after swim suits were put on.
Then it was lunch time and we wanted to get that done, so we could go over to a friends house to feed their birds while they are gone and enjoy the lake that they live on. But after lunch, Benaiah decided that we couldn't leave until we watched his pool show. What a show! That boy is hilarious and dangerous and so adventurous in living life.
Off to enjoy the lake......
The book I am reading this feast season. Getting it read is my assignment while the children work at writing down the things they are thankful for. Every day I help Benaiah write his things down and help the children think outside the box of what they can write down. It's harder to think about the little things or the things that really don't matter in life. But what if they do matter? What if being thankful for them adds an ounce of joy to my life? Will that joy allow me to extend grace to another person? And then I read the words on the page about it all being a gift and how His love is towards me just as my love it is towards my new daughter. Wow, what a great comparison!
After all the fun at the lake, we came home, and Saphi decided to continue her fishing play at home with the pool. She caught a big rock bass as Uncle Jeff called it when he came over for a visit. That girl has the best imagination!
We ended our day with a wonderful camp fire, making smores, enjoying watching the orange moon rise up into the clouds, the children played on hay bales in the dark with flashlights, and then Jonathon ended playing his guitar and singing a little. What a spectacular first day of the feast!
After the bikers got back to my mom's house, we went to the mercantile in Shipshe to use up some tokens that the girls found in one of my old purses. They all enjoyed riding the carousel...especially Jonathon. ;)
The boys had a great time playing with Jonathon. I would have loved to join in, but I don't think that's on my list of things I can do during recovery time. :) I might have to wait til spring now for that kind of activity.
Alegra and I enjoyed walking around and looking at other things in the park. This carved tree was done by a good friend of ours, and we had never seen it before when visiting the park. It caused us to miss our friends who are keeping the feast up north as a family.
We have things that we love doing during the feast but will miss doing them with those we usually hang out with. It's great to have Jonathon home helping and making memories with us during this week, but we all do miss everyone that we so love feasting with. Some of the children have colds, so we won't be spending time with our other friends in Elkhart either. Enjoying this week as a family. Thankful that we can all be together. Thankful that we have had more food than we have room for in the frig. Thankful that we can make memories that we'll hang onto for years to come. Thankful that when we can keep the feast with others again, we'll appreciate it more after spending this one without our pals. Being thankful in ALL things!
We gathered pretty leaves while at the park and I showed the children a craft that I always did every fall when I was younger. We put leaves in between wax paper with shaved pieces of crayon, then used an iron to melt it all together. What a beautiful pieces of art they all created. Their masterpieces are hanging in the window for the sun to shine through. I felt a little bit of my childhood while helping them create works of art. It's been a great feast so far. I have so much to be thankful for!