Our book is coming out in just four days, which means I've been so excited about preparing for the launch that I didn't even notice we totally ran out of toilet paper.
I'm also falling behind on emails and desk work because there have been several extra events this week.
We had a birthday party for Spencer on Wednesday.
and it was precious. Look at that little smile of his and the all those party hats. Oh, I love those kids.
Alia decorated the kitchen and made Spencer's cake (she's a sweetie),
Grace wrapped the gifts and ran the games (this was "pin the tire on the car"):
and I did the shopping, baked the pizzas, got the house cleaned up, and enjoyed visiting with our guests. (Keeping it simple was a huge bonus.)
Ethan had his "Raingutter Regatta" on Thursday (but forgot to tell us his boat needed a rudder until we were loading the car). Eric gratefully is a master with superglue, so Ethan's boat still got to race:
(LOVE my guys in their uniforms.)
Ethan was sad that he didn't win, but we cheered on the other boys, and we came home with all kinds of ideas for making his boat faster next year.
My sister Linda came to visit from Seattle on Friday afternoon, so my brother Robert, my parents, and I spent Friday afternoon talking and singing around the piano.
Then tonight our church had a wonderful conference for all the women (which was such a treat).
Life is good, and things are going great overall, but every single time I make a choice to spend my time doing something "extra," something else has to give. I'm learning to be okay with that, but goodness, it's hard.
There's a brand new magazine called The Sandbucket, and it is simply beautiful.
They asked me to write an article about balance for their Fall issue, and it just came out this week.
You can access the digital version of the magazine by clicking here. And if you leave a comment on this post, one of you will be given a free copy of the real magazine in the mail. (This is my first giveaway on this blog--I thought the magazine was so lovely that it was definitely worth sharing. So please participate in the giveaway!)
I'll pick the winner Tuesday night at 8pm Pacific Time.
Your comment can simply say, "I want to win!" or you can share a tip about how YOU balance. Because isn't that the goal we're all trying to reach?
(Update: I just picked the winner, and it's Kristine Jones! Congratulations! Your magazine will be arriving in the mail shortly.)