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7 Quick Takes Friday

1. 6 weeks left of summer vacation. Usually by now I’m dying for a break, not liking the time with the kids and going generally crazy. This summer (barring one child’s meltdown this morning!) has been actually pretty good. With friends and activities to keep us busy, it’s been somewhat of a lower-stress vacation. We’re definitely doing the “staycation” thingy due to Jim’s job situation (between contracts), but sleeping in and reading books works for me.

2. Pursuant to the “between contracts” clause above, Jim has an interview today. Prayers are appreciated. I really miss the “sameness of paychecks” that a regular job provided. Self-employment is not for wimps.

3. We finally found a reasonably priced used “jr guitar” for Catie. Jim tried to give her a lesson. The result? She seems to know everything about playing it until she actually sits down to try and play it. Then “it’s too hard!”. So once the summer is over and we’re back to piano lessons for Laura, Catie will take guitar lessons from the same teacher. Or we’ll sell the guitar.

4. I coughed up $98 for 15 uniform shirts for the three kids who will be wearing them. (3 white, 1 black, 1 red) That was a tough pill to swallow. I voted yes on the uniforms, so I can’t complain, but I wish I had thought it through a bit more. Next month we’ll buy pants for them–tan and black khakis. We’ll do one year of the uniform thing and then the two older ones will go to middle school and not have uniforms. Thankfully Ethan can wear whatever he wants.

5. I got to hold a two month old little girl yesterday, who gave me the pleasure of falling asleep in my arms. My youngest is going on 8 1/2, so holding babies is unmitigated joy for me. We’re “done” having them ourselves–we knew that years ago–but there is that ache every once in awhile. Which is why friends with babies come in so handy!

6. With being on the go so much this summer, the more boring aspects of home-running have fallen by the wayside. My paperwork clutter is HUGE, and I have no clue what all needs to be done. Today, since we aren’t going anywhere, I will be taking time and dealing with it.

7. Jim and I are updating our life insurance policies–going with a new company, extending the coverage time (adding five extra years b/c of Catie) and upping the amount. To do all this I had to fill out a boatload of paperwork and then yesterday a nurse came out. She asked us a bunch of questions and then did the dreaded bloodwork. The last time Jim has blood drawn he passed out. So he was understandably nervous. This time he (and I) did fine. Now we just wait for the approval. After all the difficulties getting approved for health insurance, I’m hoping for an easier time with life insurance!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summers!

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