This week’s Thumbs Up Thursday goes out at the end of a busy, busy week for me and my daughter. I feel like enough has happened this week to fill the whole summer! But, we have a lot of summer left and we plan to use it well. But, before I run out of time and energy, let’s jump right in to this week’s Thumbs Ups:
1. Vacation Bible eXperience at our church.
I really can’t say enough good things about the church we attend. I like so much about it. But, they do VBS like no other. Their youth program was actually one of the things that really attracted me to the church in the first place. I want my DD to have a good church experience. I was lucky enough to grow up in a church with a strong youth program and it really brought me a lot when I was growing up. When I felt out of touch with my classmates or changed schools or just didn’t “fit in” anywhere, I always was made to feel like I fit in at my church. We had a fantastic youth leader who was so good at making us feel valued and loved. And that is what I get from our church here. The focus at VBX Jr (for the 5 and under set) was God Made Me, God Loves Me and Jesus will always be my friend. And the days were so positive, for both my daughter and I. I volunteered on the craft team and met some incredibly nice women, got invited to the Women Experiencing the Bible group and another small group, went to lunch with one of my daughter’s preschool friends and her Grandmother who was also volunteering at VBX and was able to witness Bean experiencing the love and joy of the program. It was AWEsome. I’m sad that it is over.
2. Swim lessons.
I taught swim lessons from the time I was 16 until I was about 24 or 25. I could easily teach my DD to swim. But, you know what? I love having her take swim lessons. First, she listens to them much better than she listens to me. Second, I get 30 minutes of time to read each evening while she is in the pool. I’m already a 1/3 of a way through Gone Girl and I hope to finish it next week. I could obviously find some time to read while at home probably, but this time is built in time that I have committed to reading and I love it. In addition, she gets to play fun games with other kids in the pool. That is difficult to provide when she is an only child and we go to the pool. I can’t have her do swim lessons the next couple of weeks because we will have to go to my mom’s in the Bay Area for a chunk of days both weeks. But, I’m hoping to get her in one or two more sessions before the summer is over. The hope is that she will be a swimmer by the end of the summer (safe in the water swimmer, not competitive swimmer).
3. Pine Sol.
I know…this one is weird. But, I have just started using Pine Sol to deep clean my kitchen today. I ran out of my other cleaner and I had some Pine Sol that I’ve had sitting around for a while and I decided to bust it out. Pine Sol always seemed like my mom’s cleaner, if you know what I mean. I need new stuff. Better stuff. But, then I started using it and the smell reminds me of my childhood home. My mom used to use it to mop the floors and clean the sinks. I love that it kills 99.9% of germs. And, in our house, something that works on hard water is key. And, when I went over to their website to check out some info on the cleaner, I was happy to see their support of empowering women.