Friday, May 20, 2016

The Week Before the Last Week of School

We are getting out of school super early this year.  Our last day is May 27.  We were supposed to have two more weeks of school, but due to a long, boring, and irritating story having to do with minimum wage and teacher salaries, we now are contractually obligated to end school in May.

Needless to say, everything feels completely crammed together and hectic.

It was really hot this week.  Next week is supposed to be nice and cool back in the 70s and 80s.  I got a call from the office on Wednesday that Hudson was in the office complaining of being hot and dizzy.  He is really susceptible to heat and gets sick if he gets too hot.  It was an easy day for me because the 8th graders were hanging out in the convent garden with Father Robert for their Spring Retreat.  That's why my classroom is empty.

I let Hudson come over to my nice cool classroom (I firmly believe in running the air conditioner!) to relax and cool down.  He ate lunch and watched part of a movie.  It was like he was in his own theater!

Hudson's class had another field trip on Thursday.  This time they walked to the Clovis Museum and to get ice cream.  I was an obnoxious parent and drove the two of us the few blocks to the trip.  (I wasn't planning to attend, but did so at the last minute and DID NOT want to walk in the heat.)

I've lived in Clovis for over 14 years and have never been in the museum.  It was fun to walk around and look at artifacts like this hair dryer.

The day isn't complete without a selfie.

And another selfie with my future daughter-in-law.  I love this little sweet girl.  Hudson hates it when I call her his girlfriend.

We all got a mint and a pen for touring through the museum.  And as you can see from my nasty thumb nail, I managed to peel off all of my acrylic nails.  Stress.

We had to walk a half a block to the ice cream shop.  The day was actually cooler than expected and it was nice to sit in the shade and enjoy the breeze while Huddy ate ice cream.

Hudson didn't share any of his sherbet with me.  Rude.

I HATE it when he makes this weird face.

Just hanging on a fence in our sassy purple hat.

Love these two!

This kid walks with such a swagger.  It's funny to watch, and I love it!

 Once we got back from the field trip, we joined the rest of the school for the Spring Concert practice.  My two boys were obviously thrilled!

The kids did a tremendous job on all of their songs.  I really enjoyed the concert.  I was even in it with my piano playing!  So much fun!

And I love Melita's choir conducting dress.  So fancy!

Eric took the boys to see a movie this afternoon, so I went and got my scratchy nails cleaned up.  Much shorter than what I've had for a year, but pretty.

Two more selfies to round out the night.  I was impressed with my hair because I'm on day three of not washing it.  I wore it in a bun today, and when I pulled it down, it had these fun waves going on!

And finally, Hudson is helping Eric get through his next levels on his game.  It's good to have an 8-year-old around to get you through difficult spots!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Field Trip to the Library

End of the year field trips are upon us.  I walked with Hudson's class to the town library yesterday.  It was fun, I guess.  I mean, it's the library.  I enjoyed being with Hudson.  I like being able to be with my kids on their trips.  It was a pleasant trip.  But we've been to the library quite a few times in his lifetime.  That's okay, though.  We enjoyed the jaunt away from school.

Shortly into the walk, Hudson started complaining that his tie was choking him.  Rather than fight it, I told him to take it off.  I'm surprised he left his vest on the whole time.  It was warm, but not to the point of dripping sweat. 

The librarian read the kids a story, gave them a tour, gave them a scavenger hunt to complete, and gave them prizes.  Both Hudson and I checked out a book.  He got some weird boy book and I checked out Night Circus.  (I counted up my books that I've read so far this year, and I'm already over 35 books!  I am quite pleased with myself in this regard.)

Then we walked back to school.

I am bummed that the third graders didn't get to go to Sacramento on the train to visit the Train Museum, but things didn't work out that way this year. :( Eric and Evan have been to the train museum, but Hudson and I haven't gotten to see it.  I think we need to plan a summer day trip.

We were told to wear hats on the trip.

This picture makes me laugh for a few reasons.  First, Hudson has this shifty-eyed look going on like he's afraid of me and he's begging someone to notice his distress!  Second, I always marvel at how different our coloring is from each other.  I swear he's mine!  Forcey genes are strong in this one.

Hudson sat on my lap and as I was taking more selfies of us, he was waving that bookmark in front of my face.  The picture snapped right as my eyes were centered in the cutout making me look like a ninja (according to Hudson!).

Like I said, we had a nice walk back to school.  I am always happy when I get to spend time with my people on their school functions.

Monday, May 16, 2016

California Classic

Eric and I participated in the California Classic during a weekend in April which consisted of riding our bikes for 35 miles on Saturday and walking a 5K on Sunday.

We only got a few photos of the actual bike ride, and I think they are all on Eric's phone.  So, sorry.  No "action" photos.  You'll have to use your imagination!

The ride was long (35 miles), and I was pretty exhausted.  Four-ish hours of riding left me a bit wobbly.  Eric went to the car for our flip flops and I tried to find a parking spot for my bike.

Even though I don't look it, I was pretty happy and proud of the ride we had just done.

There's a little bit more enthusiasm.

Love that smile!

It's hard to see, but his shorts are gappy around his knee.  They are supposed to be snug, but when you lose 130 pounds, things fit differently!

He has worked so hard to get healthy.  I'm so proud of him.

Feeling pretty happy to be sporting our new medals.


Apparently, a 35-mile bike ride did me in.  Nap time.

We were up early the next day to "race" in the 5K.  And by race, I mean walk the whole way, laugh a lot, and enjoy each other.

Lots of people ready to run.

I really liked the hat we got.


He just loves it when I take a bunch of pictures of him!

We call this artistic lighting.

Just like the bike ride, I didn't take any photos during the actual event.  I started taking them at the end.  Eric is not a runner, and I had biked 35 miles the day before, so we walked the 5K, and I am happy to say we did not come in last.  We actually had a lot of fun walking, talking, and laughing.  Every time I would reach for Eric's hand or try to touch him, he'd scream, "Get away from me lady!  I don't know you!"  And then I'd laugh like a lunatic!

After 50 minutes or so, we entered the baseball stadium at the back.  I always think it is fun to walk down this ramp into the outfield.

I was pretty happy.  A long walk is good for me!

One of my new absolute favorite pictures of Eric.  He just looks so happy and I love it!

Getting closer to the finish line.

Almost there!

We did it!  A 35 mile bike ride on Saturday and a 5K on Sunday!

I enjoyed free ice cream.

Eric being his usual snarky self.

Here's the real reason we did this...interlocking medals!

You lay one medal over the top of the other medal and you can see the one behind it.  Pretty cool.  I can't decide which one I like better.

I think I appreciate the cycling medal the most because of the effort it took for me to get on the bike after a few years of NO RIDING whatsoever and riding up a freeway for 35 miles.  I was a little scared!

The best thing about all this?  Completing it with my best friend.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Long Overdue Update

The yearbook has been finished for quite a while, but life never seems to slow down.  As I type this, I have two weeks left of school.  YIKES!!!

So much to do in two short weeks.  I might be a basket case for the next few weeks but then I'll have a small break.

Here's what we've been up to lately:

One of my algebra students bought me the best socks ever.  Who doesn't love algebra socks?!  Math rocks!

Still taking weird selfies.  My children will not look back and not see their mom in photos.  Apparently, that is a thing...moms usually take the photos and are not in them.  I guess I'm not a normal mom.

Eric and I signed up for the California Classic bike ride and 5K.  I won these earrings at the Expo!  They are made from old bicycle parts.

I promise to document the race, but it deserved a post of its own.

I needed/wanted a new cycling jersey.  Purple!!!  My favorite!

Picking up my earrings and wearing them for the first time.  So fun!

Feeling sassy.  It was a good hair/makeup day.

Our friends Claudia and Juan Carlos got married at the Japanese Gardens in Woodward Park.  It was a rainy morning that led to a gorgeous afternoon for the ceremony.

Such a beautiful couple!

My handsome boys dressed for the wedding.

Such a cute boy.

Evan went to 6th grade camp and Eric was at a week long training.  Hudson and I spent the week together.  He wanted to get his hair cut.  So we did.

We bought Eric some new suits.  Sexy man!

We went for a bike ride and I wore my new jersey.  Love it.

Love spending time with this guy.

I seem to think I am immune to the sun.  I'm not.  Stupid soccer game and lack of sunblock.

I've taken up drinking as a hobby.  Just kidding. Maybe!

Those three bottles create my signature drink: a Tan Ferrari.

Hudson got to participate in the school Science Fair for the first time.  We tested what would happen to eggs if placed in various liquids.  

Bleach does nothing to an egg while vinegar disintegrates the shell.

Eric and I walked a Color Me Rad.  That is the last one I'm ever going to do...unless the kids want to do one.  I don't like to be dirty, I really don't want people throwing things at me, and it's hard to run.

We finished Hudson's science fair project.

We decorated the board.

I do not know where this was taken, but it makes me smile.

Hudson got a new soccer uniform.  And new cleats.

Yes, me again.

Harry.  He leads a pretty plush life.

I decided to take piano lessons and I am also going to play in the school spring concert with two of my 8th graders.  This is the song we are playing, and we sound awesome!

Kaitlinn brought me special glasses for my new hobby.

Eric and I went to a Dave Ramsey Smart Conference.  We stayed in a fancy hotel in downtown L.A.  I thought the furniture was pretty funky.

The conference was FANTASTIC! Loved it and learned so much.

Skinny Eric needed new jeans.  I tried to tell him that joggers are the new cool thing.  He didn't believe me.

Eric is sad that he doesn't have a Disaronno glass like I do.  His hand is holding his imaginary glass.  And under his hand you can see Evan's research paper on chickens.

I took my 8th graders to Disneyland.  We broke down on the side of I-5 for 2 1/2 hours until they could bring us a new bus.  Ugh.  I tried on Stacey's glasses.  I like them.

These are Evan's sunglasses.  I like Stacey's better.

After walking around Disneyland and California Adventure for 11 hours.  Having fun but getting tired.

So we rode Small World to rest.

Crazy 8th grade boys.

It's been a busy and crazy month.  And it won't slow down for at least the next two weeks.