I've been pretty quiet lately, and the reason isn't a great one. Unfortunately, last month Collin lost his job. We had to pull the kids out of daycare and he's been doing the SAHD thing as he searches for a new position. We've slashed our budget to the bone but things are still very tight and our stress levels are high. (Don't get me STARTED on how ridiculous and bureaucratic the process is in this state to try and get [paltry] unemployment benefits and nutrition assistance... grrr.) Prayers are appreciated.
However, I AM still going to Edel. Peter and I (along with our friend Luisa, and another friend in the area) are flying out one week from today! I'm so excited. I scored some great deals at Goodwill and Saver's last weekend so I have several pretty new dresses to wear. I even found a pair of crazy shoes ($7 at Saver's!).
We went camping at Show Low Lake over the fourth of July weekend. My dad went with us and we had a great time. We were still able to have a campfire despite the Stage II fire restrictions -- the campground rented propane fire rings so we got one for two nights. I had no idea such things existed! We're thinking of buying one for ourselves once our financial situation improves; a lot of summer camping destinations have fire restrictions so it'd be handy to have.
|Spending time with Grandpa|
On the last night of our camping trip, there was a bad thunderstorm that forced us to seek refuge in a hotel (a tent is the last place you want to be when there are lightning strikes around!).
We were also able to visit with my aunt Ramona (my dad's sister) and her family that weekend, as they were in AZ as part of their epic family road trip (they basically drove from Montana to Arizona and back again). I hadn't seen her in years, and she'd never met Gabriel or Peter, so it was great to spend time with their family.
|It's hard to tell but Peter is actually laughing in this picture - he thought auntie Mona was hilarious.|
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School starts in less than a month (August 6). Eeek! I need to get the kids in for haircuts before their first day. We'll probably do that this weekend -- I want to get a cute new haircut for Edel.
How awesome is it that Theo is home? I smile every time I see his pictures.
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