Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 15

Welcome back and happy Tuesday.  I hope everyone had a blessed Easter.  We had a nice spring break last week aside from some not so great weather and now are adjusting to getting back to a normal schedule with even more bad weather.  I'm so sick of the rain and am so ready for a warm and sunny spring.  Please make it stop.

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 99- Sunday, 4/9/17
Sunshine is a rare thing these days so when it does appear the pets and people gravitate to it.

Day 100- Monday, 4/10/17
The boys love to help me take the pets to the vet's so I usually schedule their appointments when the boys are home.  This made for a perfect spring break field trip.

Day 101- Tuesday, 4/11/17
Justin was out and about today so Brandon and I worked together making homemade pizza for dinner-oh so good!

Day 102- Wednesday, 4/12/17
Today we got to escape and get away for some real fun.  We went to Great America to ride some rides.  It rained the whole 3 hr drive down, but then, just before we arrived, the skies cleared and the sun came out so it turned into a great weather day. There were also very little people which meant no lines--yay!  It was a super fun day and we stayed the night so no rush to go home.

Day 103- Thursday, 4/13/17
We may be back home but were still officially on break so drinks for a Thursday it is!

Day 104- Friday, 4/14/17
Justin wanted a pull up bar for his birthday and John was able to install it today so he gave it a try.  He's the only one home right now that can even do 1.  LOL!  This will be good for all of us.

Day 105- Saturday, 4/15/17
Justin is at the animal shelter working his first 4 hr shift as an independent volunteer now that he is 16.  Before he had to work with the teen group or with an adult so this is a step up.  Brandon was home with me coloring eggs and he did a great job.  We can't wait for Easter tomorrow.

Wait one more!  

April's Family Photo

We actually got it done early this month thanks to the slower pace of spring break and the Great America photographers.

That's all folks!  Hope to see you back next week.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week 14

It's Tuesday yet again although it doesn't feel like it because we are on spring break.  WooHoo!  It's so nice to have a break from school and work.  I did come into work this morning for a bit but I'm off most the rest of the week to spend time with the family.  We have a quick overnight escape planned but otherwise we'll be getting things done at home that just can't be done during busier weeks.  Both the yard and the house need some spring cleaning.  Now, if only the weather would cooperate.

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

Day 92- Sunday 4/2/17
After 3 hours of working together printing and taping and organizing their board is done! Brandon and Freddy did a good job and are ready for the science fair set for Thursday.  They are happy to be done early because working after school mid-week on this would be nearly impossible with their different schedules.

Day 93- Monday, 4/3/17
John is a happy boy!  His favorite college team, North Carolina, wins the NCAA basketball tournament.  They were close last year but lost at the very end so this year makes for sweet redemption.  All I can say is thank goodness March Madness is finally over!

Day 94- Tuesday, 4/4/17
It doesn't take long for Justin to comfortably move back into Tyler's room once he's back at school.  Tyler left Sunday and ever since Justin has been using his room as a secluded study space.  It actually works out well because Justin shares a room with Brandon but needs to stay up later to do homework so he does that in Tyler's room and then heads to his own room when he's ready to sleep. 

Day 95- Wednesday, 4/5/17
Brandon had a minimum day so we took advantage of the extra time and headed to Petco picking out a couple gifts for Bella's upcoming birthday.  He loves shopping for the pets.

Day 96- Thursday, 4/6/17
Rain, rain, rain again!  Blah--I'm ready for it to end.  It rained a lot yesterday and today and is supposed to rain again tomorrow.  I'm ready for a dry warm spring but more rain is expected late next week too so maybe we'll have a dry spring in May. *sigh*

Day 97- Friday, 4/7/17
Today is John's actual birthday and Bella's too.  It's a big one for him and he wears it well.  We're all a little sick of cake here so a simple cupcake worked perfectly. Bella is now 8 and considered an older dog but she's young at heart and certainly doesn't act older ;0)

Day 98- Saturday, 4/8/17
There's my college boy back at school.  The Pultiz family is on spring break in the LA area and visited Tyler for a personal tour to check out the campus for Nick, a fellow water polo and swim friend.  Laura, his mom, kindly asked me if I had anything I wanted her to deliver to Tyler from home so I sent a care package of snacks and Easter treats.  They had a fun time with Tyler and he was happy with his package plus they sent me a picture--yay!  Back here at home we went out to dinner to celebrate John's birthday.  He's happy Lobster Fest is always around his birthday so he got his lobster fix.

That's it for now.  See you next Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Week 13

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  This is our last work and school week before spring break, and we can't wait.  We have no huge plans but will still find a few fun things to do.  I just hope we can keep this nice, sunny, spring weather and avoid the rain although I heard more is coming.  Enough already!  Last week was great with Tyler home but now he's back in LA working to finish up his first college year before we get him home again during the summer months mid June.  That seems so far away, but I bet it will go fast.

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 85- Sunday, 3/26/17
It's nice to see these two play together.  Justin really wanted to make the most of his time with Tyler while he was home which is great because they weren't always close.

Day 86- Monday, 3/27/17
The weather is nice enough to open windows and let the breeze in.  Rusty is a huge fan of that.  He not only likes the fresh air but he also likes the sound of the birds and the sight of bugs buzzing by.

Day 87- Tuesday, 3/28/17
It's time to start working on the science fair project display board.  We're taking baby steps getting a little done here and there and will make a big push with his partner over the weekend.  Today Brandon cut out his clever title.

Day 88- Wednesday, 3/29/17
One of Tyler's favorite home-cooked meals is tacos with fresh fried shells so we made sure to feed him some of his favorites while he was home.  I don't think he stopped smiling during this entire meal ;0)

Day 89- Thursday, 3/30/17
It's a beautiful sunny day with gorgeous flowers in bloom and an inviting pool that shimmers in the bright sun.  The pool may look inviting on these warm spring days, but the water is still super cold.  Soon we'll put the solar blanket on to help with that and get it ready for Memorial Day weekend.  Tyler and John also went out for sushi today. It's their thing when he's home from school and I love that they have a thing.

Day 90- Friday, 3/31/17
What?!  Justin had a great day turning 16!!  Morning donuts, burgers for dinner, presents and a chocolate peanut butter cake for dessert. Tomorrow he'll have a friend sleep over and we'll all take in a movie.  Happy Birthday Justin!

Day 91- Saturday, 4/1/17
No fooling around here.  This is Tyler's last day at home before heading back to UCLA tomorrow morning.  He misses this dog when he's away and was happy to spend some good time with her over break.  He was also kind enough to take my monthly marker shot with her especially since her birthday is in April.  How did we get to April already?  Later we saw that movie I mentioned.  Justin and his friend really wanted to see Kong and it was a good choice.  We all enjoyed it.

Wait!  One more-

March's Family Photo

Yay!--another family shot with the full group.  It's been so fun having Tyler home and we'll miss him when he heads back but we'll also be busy wrapping up the school year here so it will go by quick.

OK-- all done.  See you next week without Tyler ;0(

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Week 12

Welcome back and happy Tuesday.  We're enjoying our full nest again with Tyler home on spring break and have been helping him get things set for next quarter and even this summer.  He doesn't end school until the middle of June so he'll be back at it after this week. John and I were also able to escape to San Francisco overnight this past weekend for a fun and fabulous party. It was a great week.

Here are the pictures to prove it:

Day 78- Sunday, 3/19/17
Justin wanted to go on a bike ride and try out his knee.  It's been raining so much he hasn't been able to bike since his injury.  He says it feels fine and is eager to ride back and forth from school again but as you will see the rain is not cooperating.

Day 79- Monday, 3/20/17
This is a wonderful way to start the work week--not!  It poured rain most the night and through the morning and I mean poured, but then the clouds cleared and the sun came out and everything dried up like nothing ever happened so we had a beautiful sunny afternoon. Crazy and unstable weather!

Day 80- Tuesday, 3/21/17
These two are wrapping up their science fair project as partners on the best basketball shooting positions, and I came out with them today to get a few pictures for their presentation board.

Day 81- Wednesday, 3/22/17
We had another really wet morning but then the afternoon looked like this.  The dog and I took a nice long walk and enjoyed the sunshine and pretty flowers.

Day 82- Thursday, 3/23/17
He's home!  Tyler flew in super late last night and is now settling back into our home.  He missed his bedroom the most and is happy to have it all to himself.  I baked him some homemade cookies as a welcome back treat which of course made all the boys super happy :0)  Two quarters done and one to go for his first year.  He has a volunteer position at the hospital lined up starting next quarter and it will continue through next year, plus his summer lifeguard job is secured, and he's all set to take a summer EMT course.  Somewhere in there we'll also squeeze in getting his wisdom teeth out.  LOL--  busy kid!  One more thing--it's National Puppy Day so I have to give props to our favorite puppy Bella.  She's such a sweet girl and is also happy to have Tyler home.

Day 83- Friday, 3/24/17
It must be relaxation Friday.  It's cold today and rained again so even the pets are gathered here seeking warmth from their peeps.  These guys are watching March Madness basketball games together and it's a great sight to see although I'm missing my movie night.  I guess I'll just have to make up for it next Friday.

Day 84- Saturday, 3/25/17
Yay for the wekend! John and I headed into San Francisco to celebrate him and his high school friends turning 50 this year at Waterbar restaurant near the Bay Bridge.  That's all 8 of them joining the 50 club in the second picture.  It was a beautiful night, awesome location, lovely meal, and great fun with special friends.  Thanks to everyone in the group for taking and sharing pictures.  I'm pretty sure I'm using a couple of Elaine's here ;0) 

Well that's all folks.  See you next week for the last week in March.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Week 11

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  We had another wonderful spring week last week and it was glorious.  Sadly it's raining again this week which is not so good for Justin's tennis team.  I'm pretty sure most their matches will be cancelled.  It's a super busy otherwise so one less thing to work into the schedule is not a bad thing.  I wish the younger kids' spring break wasn't so late this year.  Tyler will be home tomorrow (wow--tomorrow already!) for his break but the rest of us don't get a break until mid April around Easter week.  At least we can still enjoy some good family time with a full nest again over the next few days.

Until then here are last week's pictures:

Day 71- Sunday, 3/12/17
It's a super nice spring day and a good day to learn how to pump gas.  Driving lessons continue mostly on the weekends but hopefully soon during the week as well.

Day 72- Monday, 3/13/17
I'm not sure why he's all bundled up since it's warm out but maybe he just likes to be cozy while he reads.  Another reading counts book is due Friday so time to finish up. 

Day 73- Tuesday, 3/14/17
These two are super happy it's Pi day and there is actually pie to be had for dessert.  A piece of each please!

Day 74- Wednesday, 3/15/17
It's time to watch Survivor--the "Game Changers" season and John is gone and the boys are busy so it's just me, the pets, and a cold glass of wine.

Day 75- Thursday, 3/16/17 
A slight breeze today cooled thing down and bit and blew some blossoms off the trees.  Our whole neighborhood looks like it was sprinkled with mother nature's confetti.  Fun to look at but bad for those with seasonal allergies.

Day 76- Friday, 3/17/17
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Brandon was home having dinner alone again but enjoyed the special greenish meal I made for him, and I found some natural pretty green new leaves blooming out back. 

Day 77- Saturday, 3/18/17
Today was another great day to be outside.  It was a little cold in the morning but then turned out nice and sunny.  The kids had tennis first thing, then some volunteer activities, another driving lesson, and Brandon wrapped up the testing for his science fair project which required playing a little basketball.  I was busy shuttling everyone to and fro and when I had a chance to actually sit down and relax the cat seized the opportunity to rest with me.

That's it!  See you next week.