Thankfully, Wednesday turned out to be a much better day! Patrick ended up getting some version of what the kids had so he was home for the day. Because he was here as "back up" I let James babysit and went school supply shopping by myself. The quiet time was just what I needed. I also got all their basics (I will take them with for backpacks, lunch boxes and all of that) in record time and even scored Nick a new to us bike at Goodwill for $9.99 on the way home. It would have cost more than that to fix his current bike so I was happy and he loves it because it has a kick stand. :) His latest trick is riding out of the saddle. He thinks he is pretty cool. ;)
Thursday was also very good. I ran that morning and ran two + miles straight for the first time in a couple years. I also had my fastest mile to date, clocking it at 10:55. :) That was fun! After that I got ready, took the kids to swimming and then met Heidi and her kids at a beach in Madison for the afternoon. James and Ruby both passed their swim test so they could swim out to this raft and go off the diving board. They loved that and did it over and over. Ruby refused to take the test for the longest time so I was thankful when she finally tried and even passed. It was just over 90 yesterday but we had a spot right in the shade and it was perfect. Loved yesterday.
I only have 13 more days alone with the kids before school starts.
I am totally counting.
Today I haven't been feeling the best so we shall see what the weekend holds. Patrick is feeling better so he can take over if I go down.
Ebay has been ridiculous, in a good way. I had over $200 in sales just yesterday and today. Crazy!! It is awesome. :) I am super thankful as we have new brakes to pay for and a trip to Duluth next week. And those school supplies and clothes and shoes and, and, and. It can be overwhelming, no? Anyways, I had a goal to list everything I had for summer and have almost done that...so happy. After next week I will start listing fall, which might even be a little late. Summer stuff is still selling, though. Like us, I bet lots of people have vacations still coming up in August. As I was typing this my phone cha-chinged. Someone just bought a $29 tank top.
I will leave you with some pictures from camping last weekend.
Ruby & Jacob at the campground river: