I love VBS. I think it's one of my favorite things. I remember loving it as a child- especially at LCOC where they had Captive Free (a super cool Christian mission experience band of super cool 19-25 year olds who are the coolest people IN THE WORLD EVER when you're 8). My love of VBS even allowed me to direct one when I was still working for churches, and as crazy as it made me, I loved every minute of it. Our church doesn't hold VBS since they have full day camps all summer for children whose parents work, but we still found our way into 2 VBSes so that momma could get her fix :)
This past week (the beginning of my TV-free-ish declaration) was our first. Our friends Ethan and Nathan attend 2 churches (how cool is that!!) and their Anglican Church was hosting one the week after school let out, which seemed pretty perfect to me!! Their mom was running the Bible Voyage portion and had talked to me in the late winter/early spring about ideas for how to run it more smoothly and I managed to wiggle my way into being her assistant. Not only did Riley and Logan have a great time, but we also switched cars all week, since I still lack a car that can seat more than 5, and took our friends Heather and Kailey with us. Savannah was miserable in the nursery and helped out in the story room and dragged me into opening and closing each day so that she could dance to the music. I think for our next VBS in August I'll see if we can try her in a preschool class. She's been potty trained for some time now and really loves participating in the activities rather than just sitting in a nursery.
Getting to teach the lesson on the 4th day, which in Group's VBS lessons is always the day we learn about how Jesus died on the cross for us, made me so happy. I really miss being in ministry with kids- I love how spiritual they are when we let them be :)
After VBS each day we all (RLSH and K) went swimming at Grandma's house. The boys have also been enjoying a lot of pretend play as knights. Savannah is always the princess and since it's after swimming, she's usually sleeping beauty :) On Friday night, Mommy and Daddy got to go on a date to hear Derelict Dog play and Riley, Logan and Savannah got to stay home with a babysitter!! It was highly exciting since they usually stay with Grammy and Papa AND the sitter let them watch a movie!! Since it's TV-free-ish, I don't mind a movie for a special occasion like a babysitter! The sitter was awesome and really great with the kids. She'd been at VBS all week and came recommended by our friend Kathy, who called her for me, but I'll have to wrestle her number away since the kids loved staying with her!!