~scouts here at my house. this month's focus on keeping fit. read picture book, Adventures of Junk Food Dude. demonstrated how to make a green smoothie. the boys begging for more. ran laps around backyard with them and did other physical "feats of skill". we'll keep working on this throughout the month. these boys are so much fun.
~eliza goes to the most looked forward to event of the year for the 6th through 8th grade students at her school. "Social Leadership", a culmination celebration of year long lessons in etiquette, grace and courtesy, ballroom dancing. the unfortunately lost social arts in today's youth. dinner and dancing. sam pitches in as a dinner server. eliza and her partner take 4th place in the cha-cha competition. boy, this girl can dance. tender moment when she and keith waltz together at the end of the evening.
~morning 6 mile run. gotta get serious with these hills, em.
~ i take ivana to lunch. good for both of us to be there for each other. i love this sweet girl, and grateful to call her my friend.
~go out to dinner with keith to the banana leaf, a new-ish local restaurant. interesting combination of sri lankan and singaporean cuisine.
~began the morning at a neighborhood breakfast, followed by all of us forming groups and going to do yard work at various homes in the neighborhood where a "helping hand" was needed. sam layed sod at one house, keith raked leaves and did trimming at another, while eliza, isaac and i pulled weeds and mowed at yet another. such a good feeling of camaraderie and love in our neighborhood. so glad my children, especially, could have this opportunity to know how good it feels to help others in this way.
~ in conjunction with eliza's birthday on wednesday, we decided to spend the rest of the day together. worked out that keith did the same with Isaac at the airforce base museum, visit with his dad, and burger joint lunch date. eliza and i saw the Hunger Games. i'm halfway done with the book, and she read it a long time ago. don't really know if i'll finish it; don't really see the hoopla behind it. mixed feelings about the movie's disturbing premise, and the violence was obviously hard to watch (one of the main reasons i don't go to a lot of movies these days), nevertheless, i felt like the social commentary message and themes outplayed it for me. i enjoyed the cinematography and all the interesting details. i'm intrigued with movies and books that make me think, even with difficult subject matter.
some of the many Hunger Games "commissions" Eliza has been working on lately for fellow class mates of hers
~took her to the college bookstore where we met up with jane. lots of birthday present options here.
~watched 3 episodes of Lost with keith and eliza on netflix. i think we're hooked.
~can't believe i slept in until 8:00 this morning. that never happens. catching up on emails. church this afternoon, dinner with the family and a maybe a walk tonight. it'll be good.