Yep - it was Suzannah's birthday on Saturday! My little sweetie turned ten years old. OHHHH I am so old. She used to be my baby - now she's the middle child of five. She's growing into a beautiful young lady and we had a wonderful birthday weekend with her.
Saturday she enjoyed a visit to the "Sprinkler Park" with Emeline and a break from her daily chores. We had tacos for dinner and a rich yummy chocolate cake that I made. And presents, of course. She had fun. And it's amazing how many pictures you have to take to get one really decent shot - thank heaven for digital cameras!
Then came Sunday. A rainy morning. Nice day for knitting on the porch with a cup of coffee. The kids buzz in and out of the house and around me on the porch most of the time I'm out there. This usually only goes on when Emeline is napping though sometimes the kids will take her for a walk around the block in the stroller or play with a ball in the yard. Obviously here the stroller was being used as a table.
Most of the time when I'm out on the porch knitting, Benny is by my side reading. This is not really by his choice. He is in "GT" classes at school (aka honors, advanced, whatever you want to call it) and the 9th grade English teacher is making all of her GT students read two novels (selected from a specific list) and do a 2-page written summary on each chapter discussing items she has specified - due the first day of school and worth four test scores. Even though we hope Benny will be going to school here in the fall, he has to do this assignment *just in case*. His dictionary is always present because he keeps having to look up the definition of certain items that must be included in each summary. I told him to make up a vocabulary page for it but does he listen to his mother? Anyway, this is the first of two novels. There's a long story of how he and I eliminated his actual first choice The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison due to complexity and objectionable content for my 14yo son (should have been an "R" rated book). He's reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe aloud to me, which he believes helps him to remember it better and we also discuss parts of it as he goes along which maybe he doesn't understand or he can use in his summary for that chapter. We're both enjoying it - me: very much; Benny: as much as a kid doing homework during the summer for a class he hopes not to attend possibly can.
Calliope is now approximately 70% finished. I love keeping up with the progress of my project like this (telling y'all the percentage I've finished). It makes it feel like it's gone along so fast. Really I've been working very diligently on Calliope so it's no wonder it seems to be going faster than any project I've knit before. We've all been very preoccupied and distracted by waiting for my attorney to phone and anticipating court. We practice conversations in our minds - the kids ask me millions of what if? questions. Thankfully they've been helping with chores since they got here - baby play, dishes, laundry, floor sweeping, lawn mowing - and it frees me up to be able to knit more. I feel like if I'm in the proper mindset to be knitting, things are okay. When I'm too stressed I can't do it. If I don't hear from my attorney this morning I'll be phoning his office this afternoon.
SOOOOoooo... Sunday night came an event I've been planning and waiting for quite some time. Ever since this new restaurant opened I have wanted to take the children there for dinner at Suzannah's birthday time. We took the babies to Jeff's parents house where they had a blast and we slipped out while Emeline was leading her grandmother to the toy closet.
When we got to the restaurant there was about a 30 minute wait so we went next door to an "Indoor Entertainment" venue. With limited time we skipped the very fun looking go-carts and went to the arcade.
Then it was time to head back to the restaurant. We had a BLAST!!! It was the kids' first time to eat at a Japanese steak house and they really enjoyed it. Jeff and I were slightly disappointed in the atmosphere and agreed that we probably won't be going back to this one. There are about a million Japanese steak houses in Wichita and we've enjoyed others much more. The food and menus are all about the same but you might be able to tell from the photos that the lighting was a little strange and made you feel like you're in a warehouse a long lunch tables rather than the more intimate atmosphere we've enjoyed at other restaurants of this type. All of that, however, made no difference to the children - they had SO much fun and everybody caught a shrimp in their mouth. :)
So my *baby* is ten years old. She said it was a good birthday. Here she is from a few birthdays past.