Our 1-child week marches on…. again, it’s been an oddly nice little break having Asher away! haha. I feel bad saying that – I miss him, too. I really do. He’s often my more “snuggly” kid who will randomly come and hug me, or that sort of thing.
But time with just the 14-year-old this week has been amazing. In part because it’s been a light week for him- just a 2 hour soccer camp each day (which, I’ve had to drive him to and from = time with him in the car). He’s been around pretty much all week. For some reason, not much time even w/ friends this week.
He’s our kid who sometimes slides back out of the spotlight when his younger, generally more outgoing brother is around.
In his words, “It’s so peaceful when Asher is not here…. ahhh…. no one being ANNOYING.” lol. (I think he is referring to this weird Goofy laugh that Asher has started doing, for no apparent reason, other than to mostly be annoying…. I mean Goofy, like the Disney character, you know. Asher will randomly, and loudly, make this hearty, gulpy guffaw sound…. like, arg-huh! I can’t explain it in words. He thinks it’s hilarious, probably because we all turn and say Asher, knock it off…..I don’t know what to say other than that he is a 12 year old boy and finds weird things funny?? 🤷♀️)
Asher’s camp ends tomorrow late afternoon. I’m glad we’ve been able to carve out some special time with Ethan this week, even though I have had training meetings every.single.afternoon from like, 1:30-4 (literally chained to my headset, “learning stuff” every afternoon this week, no breaks).
We’ve had the bonfire nights, rode bikes to get breakfast yesterday, the movie night last Friday, a few walks, and just random time hanging around the house.
Tuesday night the 3 of us went to a Concert in the Park event here in town, just a couple minutes from our house. They had a female duo singing ’90’s songs! My favorite, haha. They sang everything from Alanis to BSB to Britney to Semisonic and R.E.M and more. It was a gorgeous evening to just lay on a blanket, eat some snacks and chill.
Ethan wasn’t overly impressed with the musical selection, and he eventually ran off to join some friends of his he ran into, who were also there with their ~40 year old parents. 🙂
I spent some long stretches lying on my back looking up at these amazing TREES while listening to the music…. ahh. It was a pretty hot and humid night, but so comfortable at 7 pm- very relaxing. Another example of a slow summer-type activity I feel we’ve not had much time for this year. Was happy to fit this in.
I am grateful for the Toyota dealer giving me a rental car when I took my van in Tuesday to get the sliding door fixed. Some cable on the door snapped, and we couldn’t even open the door anymore. My 2012 van is OLD now and has just surpassed 160,000 miles!!! Eek. But I really, really want to keep it a while longer, hopefully…I really like it, and I’m perfectly happy driving an older van! It’s in great shape otherwise- we recently put new brakes AND new tires on it.
We are at the point though where we now get to play the fun game of “how much money is it worth sticking into this old van before we buy a new one?” 🙂 Fortunately, the van door cable “only” cost like $350… (for an electric door, I thought a fix might be even more? We saw some stuff online in the $2k range, but that might have been for actual electric problems.) Anyway, they had to keep it overnight to get the part, and gave me this little rental: