Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Week Off

Tax season ended April 17.  The day following tax season is typically a holiday for accounts.  However, at the firm Ryan is at, the entire week following tax season is a holiday.  The office shuts down and everyone catches up on some much needed rest and family time.

Though we couldn't afford a "real vacation" at this time, we did have a some plans.  Ryan and I were going to go on a "shopping date" in Lewiston (2.5 hours away) to stock up at places like Costco, Walmart and thrift stores.  We don't have much in the way of shopping here in Wallowa County.  Later in the week we were going to go an hour to La Grande to take the kids swimming, or possibly the 2 hours to Pendleton to take the kids to the children's museum.  However, the first morning of the week off, three of the six of us woke up sick.  The rest followed suit.

So we didn't do any of those things.  Instead, we convalesced.  On the bright side, we didn't have 60 hour work weeks to contend with.  And we had the first truly nice weather of the year.  So we convalesced outside.  Small children don't let a little thing like a nasty cold get in the way of some long-awaited outdoor playtime.  We were blessed by the little pleasures this last week.

Abel joining the fun.

Mercy helping a worm climb a tree.

For some reason, the girl loves worms...

More outdoor fun with Abel.

Me, supervising.
Lunch on the porch, in swimming suits.

From the front.

They're pretty cute.

A popsicle in a bucket of water.  Mercy is ready for summer.

We found a wading pool in the garage!

Today is Ryan's first day back (that's true for the whole office), and it was announced this morning that they're going to give a four day work week a try.  Outside of tax season, the office already closed at 12pm on Friday.  However, especially since we live so rurally, that extra full day opens up a world of possibilities for visiting people on weekends, or just getting to places to do some necessary shopping.

These past seven months since Ryan was hired here have been full of blessing.  Yes, there have been adjustments to living in the area, but God has been so gracious.  I'm trying to remember, day by day, to bask in the glory of it all while not forgetting where we came from such a short time ago.

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