Fruits & Nuts – Carpe Diem

By Paddy Elkins

Valley Bugler Columnist

Carpe Diem

Just spent an enjoyable afternoon with the children next door. Emma, Lilly and Libby are homeschooled. Their parents are moving soon, so the children have been helping to sort, purge and pack their belongings in preparation for their upcoming relocation. I invited them to come over for the day to give them a pressure release from the stress of preparing to move, and to give their Mom a day off from having to deal with all of her kids at once, while she continues to organize the household. My kids are all grown and gone, so it fills a void for me to have some kids around. A win/win situation all around, wouldn’t you say?

When they first arrived, we had a brief “meeting” to plan out our day. We decided to play Scrabble: Two teams – Emma and Libby against me and Lilly. The kids did great and I was impressed with their spelling skills and enthusiasm for the game. Then we trekked to the local store for some some mozzarella sticks, top ramen and ice cream for lunch. (Their favorite foods!) Came back to the house and cooked the ramen and ate the mozzarella sticks. Saved the ice cream for later.

Then we decided to go to the Kalama Fair, which had just opened today. (We found that out from the July Bugler!) We had a great time at the fair, which was East from I-5 on the Kalama River Road. I took pictures of the girls with the different farm critters and a cute roaming llama; and of the girls in the bouncing houses and at the different venders’ booths.

The perfectly sunny weather added to our enjoyment! Then we went back home, had our ice cream and chocolate milkshakes and watched a good movie together and ate popcorn!

They left about 5pm after a glorious day of fun and giggles. The Lord is so good to give us health and sunshine and friends and times of refreshment. I’m feeling very thankful and looking forward to a good night’s sleep and sweet dreams.

Hope you are finding simple ways to enjoy your summer with those the Lord has placed in your life, too!

Carpe diem! Seize the day! Make the most of each moment. “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives!”

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