June 16, 2019

Summer Loving

Summer is here and kicking our butts. I'll tell you what, I am daydreaming in rose-colored glasses, watching my kids run through the sprinklers, with slightly melted popsicles grasped in their chubby little fists. Instead? I just have teenage boys in and out of the house all day, needing rides to places, and money for things.

We already had our annual stupid summer accident. Thaddeus and Daniel went to high adventure camp. The second day, Thaddeus ended up in the hospital after the zip line broke, resulting in a metal rope burn and TWO gaping lacerations that were stapled back together again. I'm just glad he didn't fracture his skull. Needless to say, Thaddeus came home from camp early.

Also: I am going to girls camp..... wait, hang on a sec....

I aM GoIngTo GIRLS caMp!

Taylor had been hinting that she didn't want to go to girls camp, but after much discussion, she decided that she would be able to go if I came too. So I am! We leave Tuesday morning. I have no official job for camp, so I'll just, you know, be there for moral support and stuff. 

THEN, Taylor and I are going to leave girls camp a day early, because we will be headed down to the Manti LDS Temple pageant. June 22 is the pageant's final performance. I don't remember exactly the announcement, but a bunch of LDS pageants are going bye-bye. So we'll see the Manti pageant (And we will be riding in style because all the hotels and bed and breakfast places are sold out, so we rented a motorhome!) Next summer, we're going to go see the Hill Cummorah pageant and check out a few church history sites. Should be fun. 

Also, my parents and Blayne are meeting us at the pageant. And then we are taking Blayne BACK from our dear homesteading grandparents. I am super excited to have Blayne back, and Taylor is DYING for some special sister time. It's been a really, really good experience for Blayne, but we miss that sweet girl something fierce! 

I have also been looking for places to spend my personal time. Last week, I toured three nursing schools, because I would be SUCH a good nurse... Unfortunately, last week was also my slump week. (You know, the week before my infusion where I just get more and more sick?) And after talking to Troy, and factoring in all the costs, and factoring in all the slump weeks, and potential relapses, and disease progression... well, nursing school just doesn't make sense. I seriously hate that I can't even do something I really, really want, because of my MS. CURSE YOU MS! 

So I can't do nursing school. 

I can't do my (dream job) elementary art class teacher job.

But I DID find another program that I'm excited about! A million years ago, when I was going to school in Virginia, I found the coolest program for carpentry and woodworking, and I really wanted to take those classes, but SURPRISE! We moved away instead. But the community college down in Salt Lake has a furniture and cabinetry program. Naturally, I applied to that program. I'm pretty excited and am SO happy, and I have so many home projects swimming through the brain. It shall be glorious!