Everyone is still asleep. Even our early-bird Emma. I can tell that summer is upon us. everyone is staying up a little later and sleeping in a little longer. I am still up and about at my regular time--Joey the cat must be fed at sun up and stands on my chest staring at me until I do something about it. SO I shuffle downstairs, turn on the coffee and feed the cat. Then I do little tour of the down stairs. Picking up this and that and tidying up a bit. One thing about our new reality is that was are much less concerned about how clean the house is or isn't
We do a pretty good job on the main floor. I vacuum from time to time and run a broom over things. When I get really crazy I get out the mop and go to town. But the reality is things aren't like they used to be when you could literally eat off the floors (as they say). Joanne always kept a perfect house. We have "relaxed our standards" since the stroke.
The upstairs and basement are a different story. Anarchy reigns! I do try to keep things tidied up but "the stuff" just multiplies and gets the best of me. The girl's rooms a re a mess, although from time to time it gets so bad that they feel a desperation to clean and they get in there and get mot everything put back where it belongs. Audrey did her room last week and Emma did hers yesterday. I think it came down to the fact that they had so much stuff int heir rooms that there was no where to lie down and go to sleep. So at least now we can see the floor in both of their rooms and all the big stuff is put away. Still, miles away from the standard we used to keep, but it is what it is. Other things have taken on more importance.
The basement is still craft central. Although Audrey moved out to the driveway yesterday to experiment with bleach and it's chemical impact on Denim. She had a blast made some cool denim shorts. Besides that, she smelled very clean all day!
Looking forward to a good weekend. Audrey is off to SkyLinn's house later--they are going to a carnival of some sort tonight. And Emma, Joanne and I are planning on hitting the pool for a while. The weather is supposed to cooperate for the next few days.
We did make it to the pool one afternoon last week and I was struck by how non-handicapped friendly that environment it. The parking is far away. The stairs are right there but the ramps are way off ot the side and definitely represent the long way around. There is virtually no easy way to get Joanne into the water other than to just scoop her up and carry her in, which is pretty embarrassing for her. It would be great if the pool had a lift that could get the special needs folks in our neighborhood into the water, but so far no dice. We will continue to experiment about how to get Joanne in the water. I would think it would feel amazing to her to get in and be weightless for a while.
It's getting a little silly but we still haven't hear back from DEnver Christian on additional aid for the girls Starting to feel like maybe they don't want us there next year! After much consideration and a lot of discussion it looks like Audrey is going ot go to Cherry Creek HS and emma will return to DC, assuming we ever hear back from them. Audrey has articulated that she is ready for a big change and a change in schools could be just that. Her BFF is going to public next year and that has Audrey feeling a little more confident about trying it out. Of course my first option would be to keep them both at DC but I just don't see that happening at this point.
I think that's about it.
1. Pray for a fun summer for the girls. They deserve it! Last summer was sort of lost as Joanne had come home from Spalding and we were in full blown transition mode as to what life at home would look like for us. For this summer I would love for the girls to have some adventure!
2. We need to hear back from Denver Christian. Period. I have emailed everyone I know to email and will be taking to the phones this week to try and get to a real, live person.
3. Joanne has a Beth Moore conference at the end of the month down in Colorado Springs! So excited for her to do but still a little apprehensize about a night away. Her closest friends will be there to help her and I think they have even scored front row seats! Please pray for a great time for Joanne and her friends!