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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Fun - Week Four

The week started out with my nephew's graduation party.  Sadly I did not get a picture of all the cousins but I did manage to snap a moment of pure bliss.  Who doesn't love getting every last crumb out of the walking taco  bag?

Monday brought a list of chores such as weeding the landscaping and gardening...

...and helping Dad keep moving forward with his garage by carting scrap wood out to the fire pit.

We also had a celebratory belated birthday and Father's Day dinner with cousins.

Other days of this week were filled from morning 'til night with friends, playdates,

a rare lunch out,

ballgames, laundry, cleaning, and packing for a mini vacation to Cheboygan, Michigan that deserves a post of it's own!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

To my hubby

Dearest hubby,

It is Father's Day and I did not get you a gift. 

Not a tangible one anyways. 

While we are good at being thankful and appreciative in the moment of receiving gifts, they tend to be brought home, set down, and forgotten about until our next cleaning and purging spurt.  So, instead of something physical, I wanted to give you the gift of...  one less step, one less bump in the road, more time and ability to do the things you love.  At least that was the plan.  With too much to do, not enough hours in the day to do it, and children slowing the strict schedule I had laid out, your gift did not work out in real life as it did in my head.  Never does. 

The simple things like filling the gas can, making your favorite cookies,

whipping up cookie dough to keep in the freezer for your munchie attacks, and stocking the fridge full of Mountain Dew was easy.

But the real gift, the one that started formulating a week before, did not go as smoothly.  I'm referring to the garage.  Your garage.  The dream of having a working wood shop without the effort of having to go out and clean up kids stuff and garage sale stuff first.

(The Before)

(The Before)

I know it may not be much of a gift when you stepped in and did half the work but I knew my secret intentions were working when you started declaring "As much as it hurts, its time to start fresh." started flying out of your mouth.

(The First Middle)

(The First Middle)
I know that project items fly out my brain at an astronomical rate and I can work in any state of chaos as my life is chaos with the children around me at all times.  But you.  You like a little more organization, a little more access without digging for tools, prefer projects to go as smoothly as possible and in the current state that is the garage that is not going to happen.  Ever.  So maybe... no, wait.  There is no 'maybe'.  My intention of cleaning and purging the garage to the best of my ability without you seeing did not happen in any way shape or form.  But instead, maybe my gift morphed into you finding motivation to get your garage just right.  It has been over 10 years afterall.   
(The Second Middle)

(The Second Middle)
 So I guess when the absolute right physical gift pops up, I'll grab it and surprise you with it.  But for now, I vow to keep your Mountain Dew drawer stocked while you are working your tail off creating your masterpiece.
(The After... for now)
Happy Father's Day, babe.  Thank you for being the hardworking and relaxed parent that you are.  Thank you in advance for all the wonderful memories, talents and life skills you are going to be teaching our children in this very garage.  Thank you for believing in me, supporting me, and pushing me to try new things (even when they didn't work out).   You deserve more than I can give you but I'll keep trying. 
Love, Me.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Summer Fun - Week Three

Week three of summer break went a little like this:
Lightning Bugs are starting to come out full force and the children noticed.

In doing a little bit of cleaning around the house, I found Jacob's list of 100 sight words.  So one early quiet morning, we sat and read through them.  There were only 4 he could not get.

In preparation for (yet another) garage sale, we took all aluminum to the recycling center.  We are now $37 closer to the Outer Banks next summer!

Hot days = free child labor washing the van!

A little Go Noodle fun.

With me outside begging everyone to take my stuff, that left Bree to make lunch all week and trusting her to be safe in using the stove and reading directions for whatever she was making.  Good news is they all survived her cooking. 
During less busy times of the garage sale, it was nice to sit in the air conditioning working on a puzzle. 

The above puzzle was part of a great master plan though.  I pulled out Jacob's Pixar puzzle box and strategically chose the Cars puzzle since we were taking the kids to the opening of Cars 3 at the Drive-In.

We had another lost tooth in the house this week.

We did some baking for Father's Day.

Bree was asked by the neighbors to take care of their bunnies while they were out of town for a few days.  This was her first true job and responsibility and she did it without reminding.
Attended my Goddaughter's 2nd birthday. 

We swam in the neighbor's pool...

... and crashed in the living room shortly thereafter.
We also had a great evening setting up for my nephew's graduation party and a yummy dinner at B-dubs.  Jacob had an amazing baseball game where he hit from the pitcher every time, got three runners out at third, and made an outstanding throw from first base all the way to third!!  And Jim and Jacob had a boys day in Grand Rapids attempting to score vintage video games from an auction but with no luck.  It was a productive week with a very successful garage sale and cleaning of the garage but not nearly as slow and relaxing as I had hoped with all these hot and humid days.  But that's okay.  Plenty of time to slow down later.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Latest and Greatest

With the Decorative Flower Door Hangers done and over, it is time to move on to the latest and greatest project!
Oops.  I forgot to get a picture before I started sanding it.
I found this gem at a local antique shop and just felt the urge that it had to be mine.  Quite honestly, my initial thought was 'Hey, that would make a great time out chair!'  Perfect for writing apologies, sentences, verses...  You know what I mean.  Or it could be a homework chair, away from annoying brothers/sisters.  Or a lonely kids table for one at the holidays.
I saw it.  I bought it.  It's mine.  Let the restoration begin!
I'm thinking something dark....

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Summer Fun - Week Two

The week started out with more reading of Harry Potter,
began a Summer Book List of all books we read,
and took a few spontaneous naps. 

Miss Holly's birthday presents (that I ordered two weeks late) showed up just in the nick of time to help pass not one, but two sibling's baseball games.

We did a little name writing,

had a pizza, movie, air mattress/sleeping in the living room night,

and, of course, went to the free movie.

I made the first BBQ chicken of the season and the kids devoured it!

The kids discovered a new way to rig up 'gonna give momma a heart attack' device on the zip line.

And we all did a little big celebration dance when little corn sprouts shot out of the earth behind our house.  It is always a glorious season watching the corn grow higher and higher, tasseling, slowly turning brown by the day as we inch closer to the most blessed of seasons - Fall.

Bree learned a hard lesson in not bugging me with minuscule things while mowing.  It is hot.  It is not easy.  I just want to get it done.  You think differently?  Here.  Give it a go for a few rows while I go get some water.
However, after the work is done, the reward will be shared by all - lemonade slushies

When Thursday night rolled around, it was time for camping where we dined on freshly fried donuts for breakfast,

got our toys stuck on the shower house roof,

made omelets in a bag over the fire,


and fished,

and fished,

and fished.

We played at the beach,

and I read (good book but busy weeks means little down time to read).

And we busted out some new sidewalk chalk toys. 

We even took a little break from camping to run into Relay for Life for a while.

 Then it was time to head home and pick radishes,

take naps,

get in touch with my pioneer self,

and try to get back to some form of a healthy diet with bing cherries. 

We also worked on cleaning out the garage a bit, cleaning our bedrooms, and spending time at the park each day as a reward for letting me work on my latest project in peace.  (A project that deserves its own post so stay tuned.)  These days are flying by and filled to the max.  Quiet honestly, I'm looking forward to this week of hot temps and chances of storms as it usually leads to lazy, lay around, doing nothing days.