It's the busiest week of our summer (at least for me): Vacation Bible School at church (I'm co-teaching 4th grade), fitness class every day for Safety Guy, and a riding lesson for the Princess. I'm dragging a bit, trying to fit everything in and also get regular everyday stuff done. I think I can, I think I can. . . .
VBS has been the big event of the week. We've had a HUGE number of kids sign up, with 35 today in our fourth grade class alone. They've been good kids, but it's been a marathon to keep them moving forward together for three hours a day over five days. I'm so glad tomorrow is the last day. It will be a water fun day. Our church rents a bunch of inflatable slides and fun activities for the day, and things get kind of soggy and silly after the morning's lesson is done. Quite a number of teens and even some college students volunteer as helpers, and they're a huge help with the activities. Safety Guy has been a teen helper this year, in the craft tent all week. He's been the "gofer" for the craft ladies, and the muscle whenever they need something moved, as well as helping with some of the crafts by passing out materials. The Princess was in my class, and I think she had lots of fun too.
The Princess also had her second riding lesson today. The last two were canceled (one for the stable owner and many students being at a horse show, and last week for severe weather - we had a tornado watch that day). She was quite annoyed at the cancellations, but very happy to get back to the stable today. Her new boots were a success, she had a great lesson, and she's happily tired now. I'm hoping to be able to get her to bed early tonight - she ought to be pooped.
I've been trying to relax by working on teddy bears in the evenings, while watching the Olympics. I really prefer to watch them live, but I just don't have the time to do that during the day. It's just not the same to know that the events are already finished, and the results are online. Sometimes I peek at the results, sometimes I don't. But I always enjoy seeing the athletes give their best, and I especially love seeing a long-shot or underdog earn a medal.
In the middle of all this fun and busy-ness, Safety Guy also had his first appointment with a counselor who specializes in working with youth with autism spectrum disorders. It looks like SG and Mr. R. hit it off well. My husband and I went to the first appointment, to get to know him a bit. I think this will work out for the long term. Hopefully Mr. R. will be able to help SG with some of his anger issues and anxiety, both of which have increased over the last 6 months or so. We may also be looking at a med adjustment, and we'll be talking with SG's pediatrician soon too. So many things to consider and juggle and balance, some days I feel like we're just flying by the seat of our pants, trying to make the best decisions for our son while we live life at full speed.
Crazy busy. Thank goodness the Lord is ever-present and unsurprised at our challenges and decisions.