Tuesday, July 18, 2017

August...finally a month with a small amount of pictures! (with the exception of the Wis Dells post, next)

August is our church festival!  We signed up to do the 5K with Nathan this year....that's me in the background in pink!


go me go!

So, we were going to all run together, but let's face it, I can't keep up with Daddy OR Nathan.  Bah! my eight year old kicks my ass!!!


Nathan really wanted to play Flag Football last summer.  His first few days of practice and games he loved...

I took the girls in August last year for their annual Auntie Sleepover birthday presents..we went to Crayola...they loved it!


Summer wound down and the kids had their parents night at school selling their products.  It was sad, for two years in a row they got stuck inside due to rain, and they love showing the parents and grandparents the woods and their houses...

We did have an excessive amount of rain in August...my neighbors had lakefront property!  Looking at the below pictures makes me a little sad...the black-eyed susans are beautiful!  A pocket gopher destroyed most of those this spring...I was able to save one and split it into three, but then the bunnies have now been eating the baby plants.  They definitely aren't going to look like the below this year!

Jeffrey enjoying watermelon at the football game...


Nathan is out there!

These pictures are totally out of order...here is another of the "lake" again hahaha....

Pickling!

Found Nathan's old choo-choo and Jeffrey was elated!

Berry pie...




Nathan had a nice shiner last summer...I don't even remember how he got it.  :-)

Unfortunately, after the first few games, Nathan started to really dislike flag football.  He didn't tell us though until the LAST game.  He said he never wanted to do it again; the kids were mean, always demanding the coach give them certain spots; the coaches would cave and always put kids in the same position (which is not allowed at this level).  Nathan said he never got to be captain and pick the teams for scrimmage even though he asked everytime...I was like, WHAT?!  Why didn't you tell me so I could go talk to the coaches?!!!!

I normally would side with the coaches and parents, but omg, the coaches and parents!  Even Chris noticed it the first day...football parents are truly different from parents at all the other sports.  Sorry = truth.   Most are built like football players, most of the women are all dolled up (not sure why there), and they are all obsessed with football and their own little clicks.  Are we in high school?  No, we are in third grade flag football, but you would think it was high school!




Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Mid Year Update...

We take a break from our previously scheduled programming to bring you an update on the current year:

Things have been CRAZY BUSY so far this summer.  It is nuts and I seriously need it to stop.  I have started saying "no" to things in August, as we realized we didn't have one Saturday free the entire month of July!   While I do enjoy doing things, I am also the type of person who recharges quietly...sewing, reading, sitting on the couch playing HayDay on my ipad, exercising by myself...which bring me to:

Exercise update!  

I am very proud of what I have to report here....it all started in January, as you know, with severe foot pain, nerve issues, and walking...I've now done three months of PIYO, I am stronger (even though the damn push-ups still elude me), and I am in so much better shape!  5 PR's hit in the past week with regards to my jogging...which just proves to me how much healthier I am now and how much more endurance I have.  I have jogged the longest distance I ever have in my life, my miles are a minute faster on AVERAGE than a year ago, I can do side planks and my down-diggity-dogs are awesome.

My goal was always to become healthier and stronger, with a secondary goal in the back of my mind that maybe my pants wouldn't feel so tight.  Well, if you go by the scale, I have only lost about four pounds, which is a pound a month so I don't even like thinking about that.

I HAVE changed my diet, eating healthier, leaner meals in general, although I didn't really give anything up.  I had ONE coke the entire time (which was really good), and some pop in adult beverages, but otherwise doing good there.  Lately at night before bed the Cherry Twizzlers have been calling my name...but let's not go there, shall we??

I make time now for exercise.  This is actually the hardest part of exercising for me.  When I am home, I think, gee, I could go jog for an hour, or clean the entire floor of this house...hmmm....
So, for me to choose exercise, versus doing things around the house (or work), it's very hard and feels selfish.  I have to push that feeling aside and make it work.  There are days where I go upstairs to change into my workout clothes (because I now sweat like a pig and cannot do anything without drenching everything!), and I see the unmade bed, and I tell myself, "exercise is more important than making that bed!"

Kid Update

Everybody is OKAY as we are halfway through the summer here.  Pictures will be posted whenever I post pictures for 2017 (so probably in 2019 the way I am going).  Nathan and Evan did soccer, and both boys this year made HUGE improvements.  We are still going to do rec and not travel with Nathan....I don't think kids should be that busy, and as a family of five with two working parents, we have to make choices for everyone.  I have started asking other families what they do with sports/kids/activities, and it is amazing how many kids Nathan's age do not have any time to play.  I said to one parent, "when is your kid home playing or seeing his friends?"  And they said, "she isn't...she has six things this summer...."

Hmmm.   I dunno about you but that sounds like crap to me.  I love that when my kids come home they do things:   a friend comes over and they run around outside, or they facetime and play video games, or they run to their rooms and have a make believe Star Wars battle, or play Thomas with Jeffrey because I said no tv....

I have also discovered that I am really a rarity:  I am a mean mom apparently.  I make my kids do all sorts of stuff no one else makes their kids do...for example, they do chores, all the time.  Dishes, laundry, vacuuming, garbage, sweeping, taking care of the cats, etc...  Jeffrey lately is the only one who likes this stuff, as he is just excited to finally be asked to help out.  Of course, the first time I ask him to take out the garbage, he is so excited he runs back, falls down and lands right on the cement sidewalk, scratching and bruising the bridge of his nose.

I make them read books and keep up on their studies.  I challenge them to learn new things in the summer (much to their dismay)...Evan is learning to tell time and start subtraction, Nathan is playing with algebra and learning about matter/science.  It's not much, but just enough to elicit whining and challenge their minds for a couple hours a week.

They also want to enter things in the County Fair, but to do that, they need to create projects, so I help them with that, and make them finish what they started...again, much to their dismay, and I have a critical eye, so I often have to hold back on my comments about their "projects".

Doctor visits...

Ugh, we started off summer with strep with Evan (or rather, ended the school year with it).  Then Jeffrey has had pink eye, and Nathan just got staples on Monday in his head for a bad cut from a mean, nasty tree branch that had it out for him.

Evan also started down the orthodontic path early -- poor boy has always had a severe underbite we knew we would have to eventually correct.  We had a consult last fall and were told to wait until he was older and going through his next spurt (10, 11 or so...)  Well, that all changed when he lost his molar in January that he wasn't supposed to lose for another 5 or 6 years...we went back in and found out he needed braces put in ASAP so that the space didn't close up where his 12 year molars should come in.  An underbite is actually caused by an upper jaw that was not fully formed correctly/too small (and is completely hereditary...thanks Grandpa!).  So, poor Evan has teeth that are basically confused, because there isn't enough room in his mouth, so they just, fell out!

He is doing GREAT though, and his teeth have moved around enough that we can possibly start Phase 2 this fall...which is bad, because Phase 1 cost $3,500 and was supposed to take a year and a half...we have nothing budgeted for Phase 2 this year, so say good-bye money...!!

Chris and I decided we don't really like $$ anyways.

That's all for now...as I said, July is overly busy, and it needs to STOP.







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ZOMG why are there so many pictures in July?

WEll, I am now officially one year behind!!!  Let's face it, never gonna catch up!


So, when Karen finally popped, I got to go take care of her kitties!

Miss Ruthie

and Mr. Rudy!  Mr. Rudy Rudolph is no longer with us...he got sick bad in early spring, and had to put down...but we still love him bunches and I will always remember how Evan said he looked like a reindeer, like Rudolph!

First time playing the "Farm Game" with Nathan...we plan on taking this camping with us again this year...

Nathan...

the boys first time doing Pokemon Go in our neighborhood...man it was so fun in the beginning, and then, even  months after!  I remember Chris and I playing hookie one day, going for walks for Pokemon, snow was falling, it was freezing, and then having a drink before picking up the kids...

maybe it will be fun again someday, if they would let you catch something rare once and awhile without playing it 24/7...



FMSC with Kristin from work...

Taking Mystro to the vet for his shots with J...

Lilies bloomed!

Picking onions...

hanging with my kitty...


Taking pictures in their Fuzzy PJ's...


Enjoying a dinner a Chile's it looks like....actually, I think this may have been after a visit to the dentist!

Ice cream on a hot day....


Stollen for the fair...

 Pillowcases made for Nathan...but then he refused to throw his old pillows out, so now he has like 5 of them on his bed!

Playing with Uncle cory
 Happy Birthday again to Evan!


FMSC with the boys!


Snuggles with baby Edwin...


I guess I posted a pic that i had to leave my office, but it actually didn't happen until now...as you can see by the many pics I took the day before i moved!





Jeffrey on top of the car...scared!

but not once his brothers got up there...





We went to Chutes and Ladders, but it was so hot, it sucked!  So we packed up after a little bit, and I found this gem of a waterpark in Columbia Heights...

Here it is!  It is right behind where I go to the chiropractor...


the kids love it, I swear!  Ignore Jeffrey's sad face....