Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Week 25

Happy Tuesday!  It seems like I blink and the next week is already here.  We're expecting triple digits again this week so stay cool out there.  It's been so nice not having to deal with homework and school functions plus we have no swim meets practice this summer which frees our evenings up all our weekends.  Wow! What a treat that has been.  We're still getting used to the new camp schedules during work hours but that won't take much longer especially now that basketball camp is over.

Here are the pictures from last week:

Day 164- Monday, 6/13/16
Brandon has basketball camp with the UC Davis basketball team for the next 4 days so he'll be my carpool buddy.  I had to adjust my work schedule to fit his camp hours which meant going in later and coming home later.  It's the coming home later that's hard.  I miss having those afternoon hours to run errands and prep dinner.  He's excited though and happy to be learning more about basketball from the college pros.

Day 165- Tuesday, 6/14/16
These Lily of the Nile flowers are now blooming in my front yard.  They remind me of exploding fireworks especially how they rise up above all the other plants. We also have some purple ones out back by the pool.

Day 166- Wednesday, 6/15/16
 Justin bikes to tennis club each morning which also just started this week.  He's happy to see a lot of friends there and had some good matches his first couple days.  I'm happy to hear HE finally feels like he is improving.

Day 167- Thursday, 6/16/16
*Blink* and it's the last day of basketball camp already.  The parents got to attend the last 30 minutes to see the kids play some games which was nice.  Brandon learned some new skills and is eager to join a winter league this year and hopefully play on the middle school team.  He's exhausted though.  7 hours of basketball for 4 straight days is A LOT especially for a kid that really only shoots around sometimes.  He pretty much went straight to bed and took a nap when we got home and there we found Justin looking out a window pondering life.  LOL!  He had no tennis today so was home by himself.  At least he snapped out of his trance and proceeded to tell me how he played with the cat all day and went for a bike ride and did some weight lifting to workout.  He cracks me up!

Day 168- Friday, 6/17/16
TGIF!  John got home early and did what he does best on Fridays--mix drinks and mix tunes. We're looking forward to a slow weekend.

Day 169- Saturday, 6/18/16
I was futzing around in the backyard as I often do on weekends when I stumbled upon this beautiful blue dragonfly.  I literally stood up from pulling a weed and saw it right there at eye level as close as could be.  I've always believed dragonflies are a sign of good luck and I'll take it.  Earlier I spent a great deal of time helping Tyler pack for a big international trip and stressing over what he needs and how he'll cope so I needed this.  It will be ok.  He'll be fine and will have blast.  The timing of this beautiful creature in my presence couldn't have been more perfect.  It truly put me at peace--right after I ran for my phone and snapped a picture of course ;0)

Day 170- Sunday, 6/19/16
Happy Father's Day!  The boys and I made John a nice big breakfast in the morning and in the evening we went to Buffalo Wild Wings to have dinner while watching the big game.  Sadly the Worriers could not pull off a win, but we still had a good day and enjoyed our time together.  Later that night (like much later) we dropped Tyler off at the airport for a red-eye flight to Costa Rica.  He'll be there and in Nicaragua for 10 days traveling with a school group for a grand adventure.  Talk about a super long and full day!

Wait!  One more:

June's Family Photo

We had to squeeze this one in early since Tyler is leaving the country today and will not be back until late on June 30th.

Ok!  All done!  Thanks for stopping by and see you next week.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Week 24

It's Tuesday again and welcome. Last week was pretty low key and relaxing aside from a few appointments I had made months ago popping up on me.  I didn't have a chance to get them on my calendar so thank goodness for reminder calls.  It was a much cooler week too with a good delta breeze blowing in that was greatly appreciated.  This week is the start of tennis club for Justin and basketball camp for Brandon so it's time to shift to a new normal and adjust schedules accordingly.

Here's how last week looked:

Day 157- Monday, 6/6/16
We were on the hunt for some basketball shoes in a particular color, of a certain brand, and in his size.  After 3 stores we finally scored and Brandon found the shoes he'll need for camp next week.  Now he needs to start breaking them in.  They look so big.  I can't believe he wears a men's 7 1/2 now.  My baby is growing up!

Day 158- Tuesday, 6/7/16
Even though school is out we still had the swim banquet to do.  I guess orders for the awards were placed a little late so the items didn't come in until after school was out which is a shame because the majority of the kids could not make it since they were either working or out of town on vacation. Luckily even though Tyler worked today it was an early shift so he was there but was the only senior that could be.  That's so sad.  Look at Nick's dad though.  Haha!  Nick was working so he went up for his son and played the part.  What a ham!

Day 159- Wednesday, 6/8/16
Today was full of those appointments I spoke of (three to be exact) and no good pictures came of that so later I spent some time in the backyard enjoying the new flowers in bloom.  They are all happy we seem to be done with the super hot weather and I'm happy to see more color in my yard again.

Day 160- Thursday, 6/9/16
There is nothing on TV right now except reruns but Justin doesn't mind especially if it's the Big Bang Theory.  That's one of his favorite shows and of course Sheldon is one of his favorite characters.  It's scary how much alike they are!

Day 161- Friday, 6/10/16
The kids were home all week but I had to work so this afternoon I made some time to spend with them. We still needed to celebrate actually being on summer break.  Last week was too busy with graduation to squeeze that in so now will work.  We went out to for frozen yogurt, picked up some pizza for dinner and then watched a movie together.  Yay for summer break!

Day 162- Saturday, 6/11/16
Yesterday was all about kid treats and today it's all about adult treats.  Time for some wine tasting on this perfect weather day with some good friends who came our way to taste locally.  We had a nice picnic at Bogle and then hit up two more places before having dinner at Club Pheasant. 

Day 163- Sunday, 6/12/16
This is pretty much what my Sundays are all about.  At least summer laundry is usually lighter with less loads.  The clothes are smaller and not as many layers. We also decided that since it's cooled a bit we need to put the solar blanket back on the pool to warm it before the next big heat wave which is coming soon.  

That's it--nice and simple and slow.  So much easier than a school week ;0)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Week 23

We made it past graduation week and are now enjoying the start of summer.  The house is much more relaxed.  Tyler is back to work as a lifeguard and the other 2 have a week to chill before their summer camps start.  It's been super hot so the pool has been in full use to help keep us cool.  This hot weather and pool time actually helps make it feel more like summer.  We're all so happy school is out and summer is here.  Yay!!!

Take a look at our crazy, eventful, and full week last week--prepare for picture overload ;0)

Day 150- Monday, 5/30/16
Happy Memorial Day!  We took time to reflect on those that lost their lives to serve this country and then we enjoyed our free day with some good family time.  Highlights included pool fun, BBQ goodness, and fire pit s'more creations.  The best part was that it didn't seem like a Monday at all.  That's the sign of a good holiday.

Day 151- Tuesday, 5/31/16
My family came to town today for graduation week.  These pictures represent that but were not actually taken on this day.  I was having so much fun enjoying my time with them that I just totally forgot about pictures so these shots were both actually taken on Thursday which was graduation day and as you can imagine I already have too many picture for that day so they'll go here.  My parents and aunt & uncle both are traveling in their RVs on a larger trip but planned it so they could be here in time for the big day.  It was great seeing them and having some good family time together.

Day 152- Wednesday, 6/1/16
Happy June!  The two younger kids got home just in time to help clean up after my cake making.  I let them lick the beaters in exchange for my monthly marker picture and of course they obliged.  Poor Brandon got a little too much sun today at the school's field day.  We all forgot he'd be outside all day and not in the classroom.  Later Justin had his tennis banquet and then we had another large family meal with the relatives.

Day 153- Thursday, 6/2/16
It's Graduation Day!  What an amazing journey it has been and we are so proud of Tyler and all he has accomplished.  Today was a special day celebrated with family and friends.  That last picture sums it up beautifully--a whimsical and magical moment where they are all graduated and headed off to take on the world.  Be still my heart!

Day 154- Friday, 6/3/16
What better way to start off summer break than with National Donut Day?! School is officially out or the summer and today we enjoyed these treats and just chilled at home to decompress from our eventful week.  The extended family has moved on and the only other thing on our plate was a quick trip to the vet for the dog's shots where Brandon was fascinated by the pickled heart full of heart worms.

Day 155- Saturday, 6/4/16
My front flower bed is exploding with these beautiful red and yellow day lilies which is great to see.  They seem to be blooming a little late this year but better late than never.  We also received a shipment of new bedding for the younger boys.  I was shopping for Tyler's college bedding when I found what I needed for the other two.  Go figure!  Don't worry though, I also found something for Tyler to take to school in the fall.  They all really needed new bedding and a fresher look in their rooms.  Now to find the time to actually get the comforters on the bed ;0)

Day 156- Sunday, 6/5/16
On to the next great thing.  These kids and their leader are headed out on an educational tour of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in two short weeks! We met today to go over the last details.  I can't believe it's finally happening. They signed up for the trip 18 months ago and now here we are.  There were 16 kids going back then and today we're down to 4 but that's ok--it will still be amazing and the trip of a lifetime for each of them.  What a week!  Is it really over? Time to take a breath and enjoy the serenity of the pool as I reflect on the past week, the past school year, and heck the past 17 years. Time sure does fly.  Enjoy those young ones while you can because before you know it they'll be preparing to leave the nest.  It's a good thing though, and I'm not sad about it--I'm excited.  I'm excited for what the future holds in the next chapter of my young adult's life.

That's all she wrote.  Check back next week to see how our first week of summer break went. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Week 22

Welcome back.  I hope everyone had a nice long weekend and thanks to all the veterans that gave their lives fighting for our country.  It's Tuesday and the Tuesday of a very special week for us.  Tyler graduates in 2 days!  He's on his senior trip right now, we have family coming into town today, and all kinds of other end-of-school-year events and activities.  Not to mention it's down right hot!  We'll be hitting the century mark this week.  I hope those kids don't melt in their caps and gowns especially the boys who have to wear dress pants, dress shirts, and a tie under all that.  We'll just have to see how it all goes.  

Until then here are last week's pictures:

Day 143- Monday, 5/23/16
Justin had no idea how strong the smell of garlic can be especially fresh picked from a garden.  He picked some in his farm to fork class this afternoon and hasn't been able to get the smell out since.

Day 144- Tuesday, 5/24/16
It's senior awards night so all the Booster's kids got their scholarship and then Tyler received 2 other awards which will help for paying those upcoming college expenses.  John was supposed to be on a business trip but it got moved back one day so we are happy he could make it.

Day 145- Wednesday, 5/25/16
I went to a work BBQ in Davis and Brandon likes to come with me especially to Woutrina's house since she has cats, a very friendly dog, and chickens.  He loves it there and all those animals helped him keep his mind of the pre-teen vaccines he got today and his sore arm.

Day 146- Thursday, 5/26/16
It was another busy and exhausting day so since all the kids were home for dinner which is rare and John is away on business we decided to eat out grabing burgers and shakes at In-N-Out.

Day 147- Friday, 5/27/16
This afternoon was Brandon's end-of-year awards ceremony.  This kid!  He made a paper airplane out of his honor roll award before I could even get a picture and look at that messed up mop on his head.  He'll be getting a haircut this weekend.  His medal is for perfect attendance which also means no tardies to any of his six classes each day for the whole year.  Good job kiddo!

Day 148- Saturday, 5/28/16
I'm was so excited to find some Shasta Daisies at Lowe's for my backyard.  We had these in our yard growing up and I remember my brother brought the first set home as a Mother's Day gift for my mom when he was in kindergarten.  You don't see them around here much so I hope they do well in this valley heat.  Later John grilled some shrimp and tri-tip for dinner as we cheered to the three-day weekend.

Day 149- Sunday, 5/29/16
This is a typical weekend morning with me and my coffee during the quiet early hours and only Justin and the cat up to keep me company.  Everyone else know how to sleep in.  That afternoon as the temps climbed and it got downright hot we officially opened the pool for the season.  Bring on summer--we are ready!

Wait, one more!

May's Family Photo

Taken this weekend while enjoying our backyard.  We love it out here even if it keeps us working hard to maintain it's wonder.

Ok, now we're done.  See you next week on the other side ;0)