Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Week 21

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  Only 7 more days left of school.  It's super crazy to think about and still so much to do but the end is in sight.  We had a hot week last week in the high 90's for a few days and then the tides turned and a storm blew in with some impressive rain.  Talk about crazy May weather.  I know we still need the rain but I'm ready for summer and over it.  Bring on the heat so our pool can warm up and we can enjoy the outdoors especially once school's out.

Here's a look at how last week went down:

Day 136- Monday, 5/16/16
Time to vote by mail.  It's the only way I can get it done.  It kind of sucks to be on the west coast though because by the time we get to vote our options are limited with so many on the ballot already dropping out.  I feel like I need to choose between the lesser of 2 evils.  Lord help us.

Day 137- Tuesday, 5/17/16
Today was the field trip with Brandon's class to Mercer Caverns.  They got to explore the cave and mine for gems.  It was super hot out so the cool cave was a nice treat.  It was a fun trip but the broken bus we had was no joke.  I'm too tall and too old for a school bus ride longer than an hr and with our overheating engine the 2 hr ride slowly turned into 3!  Thank goodness Mercer was kind enough to let us stay longer than we were supposed to so all the kids still got to see and do everything and thank goodness the district sent a new bus for the ride home.

Day 138- Wednesday, 5/18/16
It's staff appreciation day at UC Davis so we got a free picnic lunch and this year it was catered by the Buckhorm which means tri-tip sandwiches for the win.  Luckily we found a spot to sit in the shade because it was 98 today and the sun was intense!  As a result we didn't stay long.

Day 139- Thursday, 5/19/16
The yearbooks are out and it's the first year Tyler actually wanted one.  That makes sense with it being his senior year and all.  There's only a couple short weeks left and then this boy graduates!

Day 140- Friday, 5/20/16
So much for the heat and sunshine.  Huge thunder clouds moved in today and brought a good downpour of rain this evening.  Talk about dark and wet!

Day 141- Saturday, 5/21/16
Today is still cold and dark with only short peeks of the sun so it seemed like a great day to bake.  Brandon helped me make some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and they were a huge hit.  Yeah, no more left ;0)

Day 142- Sunday, 5/22/16
Justin was catching up on some recorded shows while enjoying a ham sandwich he made.  The boy can eat and loves to experiment in making some pretty interesting sandwiches.

That's it for now.  Check back next week for even more fun.  We'll be prepping for incoming family since graduation is upon us.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week 20

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  I'm headed out on a field trip with my youngest today to Mercer Caverns so I have to make this quick.  Sadly, I'm not sure how many more field trips I'll get to go on.  My kids are growing up way too fast so I'll enjoy as many as I can in these last few years.  At least they are still ok with me tagging along.  One more week before crazy really starts to hit.  It will be a busier week than it has been but still not too bad.  What is really helping right now is no more swim and no more tennis but next week watch out.  The end of the school year craziness kicks in and of course the boys will be itching for it all to just be over so they will be squirrely and I'll have to keep them focused.  Lucky me.

Here's a look at last week's pictures:

Day 129- Monday, 5/9/16
My Mother's Day flowers are looking good by the front door in the afternoon sun and then later in the evening sun I'm loving how Rusty's ears light up as he watches the birds play during sunset.

Day 130- Tuesday, 5/10/16
Tyler finally brought home a print copy of the huge sports banner that hangs outside their high school gym.  He was selected to be in the picture to represent water polo this fall and is posed just under the start of the large R.

Day 131- Wednesday, 5/11/16
It's the end-of-year open house at Brandon's school and we took advantage of the food trucks there for dinner before heading to his class rooms to see what projects he's been working on.  The game board his team created in math was pretty cool and the Pandora's boxes the kids made in English were very creative.

Day 132- Thursday, 5/12/16
Justin's archery club officially started today and he's happy to have his friend Minh-tri there as well.  It was a good start and a nice change of pace now that tennis is officially over.  Their tennis team finished yesterday as league champions.

Day 133- Friday, 5/13/16
This guy has taken to playing basketball in the evenings with friends.  It's a great way for him to de-stress and end his day especially now that he's not swimming.

Day 134- Saturday, 5/14/16
Time for dinner out with the Wongs.  It was a beautiful evening and we went to a couple different places for drinks, appetizers, and good eats.  What a fun weekend night!

Day 135- Sunday, 5/15/16
Garden wars continue.  The struggle is real people!  There was blood, sweat, and tears but I tamed the jungle and am officially done with the entire yard.  At least it was a really nice day so I didn't mind being outside.  I just wish some of those plants were a little smaller, didn't require a ladder, and didn't have thorns.  In the process I did discover that the neighbor's tree which hangs into our yard is now full of beautifully red cherries.

Ok that's it.  Check back next week to see our our cavern's trip went.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Week 19

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  Last week was much slower than the week before and a nice change of pace.  This week is not looking too bad either and then it starts to get real crazy again just before graduation.  I'm just going to enjoy the slower pace for now and worry about the busy as it comes.  I'm also looking forward to a warmer and dryer week.  It is May after all!

Here's what happened last week which was a fun one:

Day 122- Monday, 5/2/16
Justin is super excited one of his favorite teachers is starting an archery club.  They used to offer archery as part of PE but no longer so having an after school club is just as nice or even better and it starts next week right after tennis season ends.  It was meant to be ;0)

Day 123- Tuesday, 5/3/16
Karate has started up again after a nice month-long break in April.  We're hoping it will be over for good before the end of summer once Brandon tests for his Black Belt.  He's so close and just needs a bit of motivation to kick it in gear.

Day 124- Wednesday, 5/4/16
May the 4th be with you!  I pulled this mask out of Tyler's room for today mostly to see how this kid would react.  He hated it as a preschooler and was so afraid of it that we had to hide it in a closet for years.  I was happy to see he picked it right up, gave it a good inquisitive look over and then said, "Hey mom, you should take my picture with this today."  Now he wants it to live in his room.  My baby is all grown up and no long afraid of the Vader in his house.

Day 125- Thursday, 5/5/16
Happy Cinco de Mayo, and I'm home for the afternoon so I can actually cook.  We decided on nachos with fresh guacamole. Yum!

Day 126- Friday, 5/6/16
This afternoon I weeded the front yard and found this pretty flower in full bloom on a weed-yes it's a weed!  I left it alone at first because it was so pretty but then an hour later it closed up so I decided to pull it.  We don't need anymore weeds even the pretty ones.

Day 127- Saturday, 5/7/16
Girls trip with these lovely ladies to Napa for some wine tasting and a little picnic.  Sadly the weather did not cooperate and it rained pretty much all day, but we still found a good dry spot for our picnic and had a lot of fun. 

Day 128- Sunday, 5/8/16
Happy Mother's Day!  I was spoiled by John and the boys with gifts and a nice breakfast.  Then we all went to see The Jungle Book together--my pick.  If it were up to the boys it would have been the Captain America: Civil War movie--maybe next time.  The weather also cleared up and it turned out to be a really nice day which will hopefully lead into a really nice week.  I hope everyone else had a wonderful Mother's Day as well.  You all deserve it.

That's it.  Be sure to check back next week.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Week 18

Welcome back!  Well I survived last week and I'm hoping this week is a bit slower. Can you believe it's May already?!  This month is going to fly by and before you know it I'll have a kid graduating from high school.  Wow!  It still seems so unreal.

Here's a look at last week's craziness:

Day 115- Monday, 4/25/16
Amongst all the kid stuff there is still work.  We're gearing up for new projects during the summer and working hard to keep the lab running.  I actually have 2 full time jobs--you can find me in the lab most mornings and out supporting kid activities most afternoons.  This afternoon it was tennis for Justin on a beautiful sunny day.

Day 116- Tuesday, 4/26/16
Tonight is Senior Night for the high school swim team and Tyler swam his very last backstroke event.  Swim season went fast and now that it's pretty much over he'll be focusing on getting set for life guarding.  He needs that job to help pay for college.

Day 117- Wednesday, 4/27/16
What a crazy weather day.  We had a major thunderstorm with a lot of lightening this afternoon.  Justin said he didn't know whether to watch the lightening strikes or the tennis ball while playing.  I'm thinking he should have come home early.  It was just practice.  There was no swim of course. The pets were a bit unsure and we even had a random dog run into our garage because it was trying to escape the happenings in the sky.  Good times!

Day 118- Thursday, 4/28/16
From one event to another.  What a week for Tyler.  Tonight he was honored with some of his fellow classmates and friends at a dinner for the top 10 seniors out of their class of almost 500. Ms. Cisneros in the yellow dress is the teacher he picked to invite and she spoke on his behave.  It was a very nice evening and we are so proud of what Tyler has accomplished and can't wait to see what his future has in store for him.

Day 119- Friday, 4/29/16
Today is high school swim champs in Woodland.  This is the end--the last day my oldest son will competitively swim.  He swam in the 50 and 100 free and crushed that 50.  The team did great and took home the league championship and just like that I am no longer a swim mom.

Day 120- Saturday, 4/30/16
Yay for slow and lazy Saturdays after a crazy and full week.  Brandon has taken to my bed to do a little reading while the cat naps on his bed.  Me, I'm trying to catch up on everything that was neglected during the week and am just grateful I have some free time to do that. 

Day 121- Sunday, 5/1/16
First off happy May!  My yard is currently between blooms so this is the only flower I could find to pose with for my monthly marker and boy is it bright and warm out!  Secondly, it's National College Decision Day and Tyler has decided to commit to UCLA. He excited and a little nervous and a bit overwhelmed, but will do great.  It really is the best overall fit for him.

Wait!  Time for . . .

April's Family Photo

Taken just before eating dinner on the last day in April.  Had to squeeze it before May showed up.  I would have preferred a shot outside but it was super windy and I hate the wind.

OK!  That is it for now.  Check back next week to see how we do crazy all over again ;0)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Week 17

Welcome back and happy Tuesday.  We have a super busy week ahead with something going on every evening.  If it's not tennis, it's swim or a board meeting, or work event, or awards ceremony.  The good news is that swim is almost over, tennis won't be long to follow, and school it close to being out for the summer.  One more month!!  Can't wait!

Take a look at the relatively slow week we had last week:

Day 108- Monday, 4/18/16
What!  Nothing going on this afternoon.  Someone pinch me.  This means more time to pester the cat.  He was sitting with me on my lap until I brought out the camera and then he decided he'd rather be in the background ;0) 

Day 109- Tuesday, 4/19/16
Tyler is grabbing a quick snack before heading to swim practice and also super focused on his phone.  Bella is hoping he drops something or maybe even shares. Goldfish crackers are his go to snack right now and Bella approves.

Day 110- Wednesday, 4/20/16
What's for dinner tonight?  Penne pasta in vodka sauce with chicken and jack cheese.  A slower week with less activities means I actually have time to cook.  What a concept!

Day 111- Thursday, 4/21/16
Here we go--now the afternoon activities pick up.  Today it's tennis for Justin.  I haven't seen him play in a real match for awhile.  He's really improved, is more confident, and is working the strategy with his ball placement.  Go Justin!

Day 112- Friday, 4/22/16
Today Tyler is swimming in the rain.  It came down good and hard for a bit but then the clouds parted and we were treated with a beautiful double rainbow.  One more week of swim and then that's it for Tyler's high school sports career.  Wow!  Swim season flew by!

Day 113 Saturday, 4/23/16
What did I say before--free time means more time to torment the cat.  LOL!  Poor thing gets more attention than he probably wants.  I love how his tail is wrapped around Justin's leg.  Justin just got home from tennis practice and is trying to relax with Rusty but Rusty is not ready to relax.  He darted away right after this picture and found a a nice hiding spot.

Day 114- Sunday, 4/24/26
The Warriors are playing in the NBA Championship series over the next couple months.  Brandon asked for a Warriors hat so he could support them and recently had a great report card so John took him out today to find a hat.  He's thrilled and has been wearing it ever since.

That's it. We'll do it again next week.