Oh my goodness! Life has been busy around here lately!
Three weeks ago: We've been trying to catch up on playdates, so there were three or four in that week, plus a surprise visit from my aunt, Marcy, et al on their way to the Wild West!. At the end of that week I went on a retreat with our Women's Council. I had such a great time! We had planning meetings, shopped, did makeovers, laughed our heads off, got treated to The Melting Pot (a de-licious fondue restaurant), laughed some more, shopped some more and had sweet fellowship while building deeper relationships with some sisters in Christ. Did I mention I had a great time?
Two weeks ago: Last week Jacob had Upward basketball camp at church, which had us out the door by 8:10 every morning. Mattie and I stayed near church and ran errands, had meetings (while she had playdates), and helped prepare for VBS.
Jacob seemed to really make some improvement during camp! We had a misunderstanding, so he didn't really mean to say he wanted to go to basketball camp, rather he wanted to play basketball during the season. But by the time I realized it, he already had a spot. And honestly, I felt like he needed the experience, and not because I think he's going to be a star basketball player. Settings like basketball camp are hard for Jacob for several reasons: anxiety about what to expect, lots of visual and auditory stimulation (especially in a gym!), significant fear of failure in front of peers, being told what to do by a lot of authority figures other than myself, Robert, or other familiar people, and having a different snack than everyone else five days in a row. Unfortunately in his protected little world of home schooling, he has few opportunities to grow in a lot of these areas, except of course, the food one. Not to mention the fact that he was pretty overwhelmed with the fast paced basketball games this winter, so he really needs the focused skill building time if he wants to play again!
I was really proud of him! He hung in there against his desire. By the third day he had something positive to report (to say he's a glass half empty kind of kid would be the understatement of the year) and by the end of the week he was pleased with his performance. The coach said skill-wise, Jacob did well and definitely made progress! Success!
And last week was VBS... I'll do that in another post as this is getting really long!