Following the tournament Clark and his friends had their monthly D&D club at our house. Clark's friend London (pictured above) lives about a half hour away and because roads were icy he ended up staying the night and going to church with us. Since our family does not do sleepovers (except for very rare exceptions) this was a real treat for Clark and quite the novelty for the whole family.
I gave London his very own new toothbrush (I know, it was so hospitable of me). But I warned him he must NOT leave his toothbrush unattended in the bathroom between the evening brush and the morning brush. I explained that I could not guarantee that no one else would use it. There are members of this family (who shall remain nameless) who do not respect toothbrush ownership so it would be best if he slept with his new toothbrush under his pillow.
In London's family the kids have their own rooms and bathrooms, so this may have seemed an unnecessary precaution but he followed my advice and I felt like we were pretty good hosts. He had a mattress on the floor of the family room and a clean toothbrush. That's about as good as anybody in this house has it.
Bethany is the resident fashion advisor and she helped Fay-Fay get ready for the party. She also helped her get ready for her gymnastics pictures today. She helped Elinor with a make-over for her 10th birthday celebration the other day.
What would I do without my Bethany? She may not want to do her math these days, but she is so helpful with the little kids.
I went to my neighborhood book club this evening and even though I talked too much and ate too much chocolate/peanut butter fondue, it was so enjoyable. I love my book club friends and feel such acceptance and friendship there.
3) We've had such dirty air for much of this whole winter.
I went for a run yesterday morning and it was glorious and I realized I have really missed it. It must have released some serious endorphins into my system because I felt like I was looking through rose-colored glasses all day yesterday. I am ready to get back to running. Never say never, but I'm not interested in doing another full marathon right now, if ever. The training takes a lot of time and the mental energy needed might be more than I can spare right now. But maybe a Half is in the near future? We'll see.