I am loving retirement! I've been very busy. I've not started subbing at the local schools yet. I'm just enjoying being free to do most anything I want.
Of course, the visit had to include goodies from a local bakery. The big part of that was the decorated cake with Happy Visit on it. The kids love cake and rarely have it, so it's a huge treat when they get to have some.
For the past 3 years I've taken pictures of Aaron savoring every bite.
An important note: School for teachers began on the day I had to pick them up, so if I was still teaching I would have been unable to do any part of their visit.
Last week we watched Doug's kids overnight and painting pumpkins was a highlight of the evening.
I have been doing a lot of planting and maintaining our flowers. There was supposed to be a frost on this night, so I took a picture of my begonia in case it was ruined. However, it survived as did others, so there are still colorful plants surrounding the house. I'll show more pictures of them later.
Dillon played biddy league football on Saturday mornings and we got to almost every one of the games. I would have been too exhausted from work to attend. Dillon is the boy in the center of the photo with his head turned the other way.
Peyton played volleyball on the 7th grade team at her school. The games were on various weekdays at 5:00. We made a lot of them. One night we took everyone out to dinner and I realized as we were leaving that normally I'd have been getting things ready for school the next day and then going to sleep. Therefore, I couldn't have stayed so late and would have missed some quality time with them.
The next three photos are from our trip to the Wilds. It's a preservation for all kinds of animals and it's only about 45 minutes away. We took Colton, Dillon, and Addy (Doug's kids) there on a special tour where you sat in the specially designed back of a truck and got literally up close and personal with them.(Peyton had volleyball practice that was mandatory and school was starting soon, so if we didn't go then, we could not have gone).
Feeding the rhinoceros.
We also kept Doug's kids for two nights and days in July. We have not done that since Dillon was a baby. I couldn't handle it because of the fibromyalgia fatigue. But what made it feasible was that now I could rest the next two days which I couldn't have done if I were still teaching.
There is more, but I'll post it later.
I've been reading book after book and can even stay up and finish a book if the suspense is getting to me.
I did organize the biggest walk-in closet and also the room that is attached to the back of the kitchen. We have to go outside to get into it. We have our bulk items, pop, cleaning supplies, and Tupperware, etc. there.
Well, that's all for now.