Monday, June 6, 2016

First Week of Summer = Success

The first full week of summer was a good mix of work, play, and relaxing.  I'd love to pull my house back into order.  I tend to have more energy and motivation early in the day, so I got to work on Tuesday morning in the kitchen.

Stuff everywhere. Hate the build up of stuff.

The counter on the left side of the photo is my nemesis.  It feels like no matter what I do, I can't keep it clear.  It's the flat surface where things go to die.

It's where stuff gets stacked when we don't know what else to do with it.  It's where stuff goes when we are too lazy to put stuff away.  I HATE this counter.  I love it when it's clean and clear, but mostly I HATE it.

This is kind of a silly one, but I like to keep the top of the refrigerator clear.  But inevitably, that's where cereal goes.  At that moment, that's the only place for cereal, because I haven't cleaned out the pantry in a while.  That needs to be done as well.

Funny enough, these are all clean dishes.  And utensils. And bread. And the toaster.  It's another one of those counters.


How this counter looks when Hudson doesn't take the recycles out.

And now for the results of my efforts on Tuesday morning.





Not perfect, but definite improvement.  We all function better in an organized space, so we'll see just how long I can maintain this!

First day of vacation and I was in full "mom" mode making grilled cheese for lunch.  I like how Buddy is hanging on the back of the couch watching Evan.

We have season passes to Wild Water Adventures this summer, so I took the kids on Wednesday afternoon.  It was pretty hot that day.  I get in the water, but I'm not really one for sliding anymore.  It hurts my body!  I was pretty content to lie in the shade with a magazine.  There are far worse ways to spend a summer day!

Evan forgot to take out the trash, so he drew an apology for his dad on the whiteboard.

This kid drives us crazy with his clothing choices.  It's 106 out, and he comes out of his room wearing a sweatshirt.  Good grief.  And in the winter, he chooses shorts.  He told me that he just wanted to be comfortable.

We visited Grandma on Thursday but forgot to take any pictures.  However, we had a good day in Chowchilla.





Eric was off on Friday, and we went to Wild Water as a family.  This was a huge non-scale victory for Eric.  He has never been to a water park in his life, and prior to this summer, he did not feel comfortable being in a bathing suit or swimming in public.  Not this summer!  This summer he is swimming, sliding, and playing with the boys at the water park!

It's crazy to think that even more than a year after Eric's surgery, he is still experiencing new things that his new body now allows him to do!  It has completely changed our family, and I will be forever grateful for his courage to take this step in reclaiming his health.

We got up early to go for a bike ride on Saturday morning, but Eric's tire had a bubble in it.  So he and I went yardsale hunting instead.  I'm looking for items to use in my classroom remodel.

Up early on a Saturday morning prowling the neighborhood for deals!

We drove by this house and I loved that circle feature with the pot and the rocks.  I needed a picture so we could replicate this in our yard!  I felt a little shady sneaking a picture of this house!

Costco run.

Then home to work on the yard feature.

Starting out with bare ground.


Organizing those stones was not easy work.  Eric did most of the lifting, but I did some of the arranging.  Sweaty and heavy work.

We have a pot in mind to buy and we'll get rocks to fill in the space.  We'll also be putting in more bark around the outside of the circle.



I'm not really one for yard work, but it's been surprisingly fun and satisfying to work on the projects around the yard and outside of the house.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend was nice and relaxing with just the right amount of work around the house thrown in so as not to feel too lazy!

I was recovering from the extensive last week of school.  It felt as though no matter how long I slept, I was still tired.  I had that draggy, tired feeling all weekend.  Hopefully that goes away soon.

After graduation festivities on Friday night, we woke up Saturday morning and spread bark around the yard.  We were quite pleased with Evan who came out to help unasked.

On Sunday morning I painted the trim around the garage door.  It's something that's been bugging me for quite a while, but just never took the time to do.  See how it's all faded and gone in spots?  It's such a small area, but it brought down the look of the house.

Me and my paintbrush.  Oh so glamorous.  I forgot to take a finished picture.  I need to do that when the sun comes up today!  Painting took me about an hour.  Really, it was not a hard project at all.  It was one of those things that makes you wonder whatever took you so long to get it done in the first place.

We took the boys out for frozen yogurt at Mickeys.  Mine and Hudson's cups.

Evan enjoying yogurt.

Hudson with a mouthful of gummy candy.

We bought hot dogs that Eric BBQ'd on Memorial Day Monday.  I brought my hot dog up a level with fancy toppings!  We enjoyed watching the Golden State Warriors win the West Coast Title.  Eric and I did a bit of running around and shopping on Monday afternoon.  I had gift cards burning a hole in my pocket!

The teachers had to go back to work for one more day on Tuesday to wrap up their classrooms.  Then we had a staff party later in the afternoon where we ate, drank, and exchanged Prayer Pal gifts.  I had Amanda and she had me!  She got me a purple bucket (my favorite color) filled with a bunch of purple pampering items like face mask, lotion, nail polish, loofah, etc. It was so cute!

I've got a week and a half until Summer School starts.  I'd like to make some meaningful progress on pulling the house back in order.  I wonder each year why I can't manage to keep my house looking nice all year long.  Then I remember...I'm lazy!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Summer

The end of the school year is so much fun and so much stress.  I want to make sure that the graduation is perfect for my 8th graders and their parents.  I sometimes forget myself and my family in the process.  It's a tough, but fun time of year.

We had two sets of awards this week.  Tuesday's awards were the third trimester and sports honors.  Both boys got gold honor roll and Hudson earned a top Accelerated Reader point earner for his class!  This made me quite proud!

The 8th graders had a week full of graduation practice and field trips.  We went to John's Incredible Pizza for food and games.  They seemed to enjoy the afternoon.

Car full of kids.  I snicker whenever any student tells me they like riding in my van.  I usually tell them, "It's my dream car!"  I can barely believe I've been driving my mini van for over 8 years.  We got it when I was pregnant with Hudson.

It wouldn't be a typical post without some selfies of me.  I had a few good hair days. 


I once saw someone post on Instagram that they love taking selfies because there was a lot to be said for feeling good about yourself and thinking you look pretty.  I agree.

I have no pictures for the following things, but here's what happened the last few days of school:

-Saw Hello Dolly with the 8th graders at Roger Rockas.
-Evan and Hudson both got Principal's Honor Roll and various other awards.
-Graduation was fantastic.
-I came home and collapsed from exhaustion.

The drought conditions and penalties for over watering last summer made us choose to just turn off the water and let the grass die.  The yard is in need of attention, so we decided to start with a full covering of bark.

We didn't get enough, but that's okay because we'll do some plants and rocks in the open spaces.

The development of the field across the street into neighborhood houses is well under way.  I am really surprised that the grapevine says we will have houses on the cul de sac facing us.  I thought for sure we'd be facing a back complex wall.  It doesn't look that way.


Looking tidy.

Evan and I helped Eric and we finished the project this morning.


I got a very generous gift card from a student last night, so we went to enjoy lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  Yum!

I plan to rest, clean, rest, and plan for summer school.  It's a good time.