Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Week 32

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  We had a very full, adventurous weekend and just got back late yesterday so this will be quick.  School starts Wednesday (tomorrow!) which is why we escaped for some fun before the craziness.  I think we're ready but still not excited about it.  

Regardless, take a look at last week's pictures:

Day 218- Sunday, 8/6/17
I actually got the back-to-school shopping done early since I knew we'd be away the weekend right before school starts.  Also as the kids get older they require less stuff so it wasn't too bad this year.

Day 219- Monday, 8/7/17
These two have been working hard the past couple days to fill sand in the base of a new basketball hoop Brandon got for his birthday.  They are so close and hopefully almost done.

Day 220- Tuesday, 8/8/17
I was trying to get a picture with Bella when Justin accidentally photo bombed and distracted her in the process.  Opportunity gone! Yep- totally sums up my crazy life right about now.

Day 221- Wednesday, 8/9/17
The boys are dishing up dunner and Bella is ready to clean up any possible dropping mess.  She knows them well.

Day 223- Thursday, 8/10/17
Field trip with my work crew to Bodega Bay for some oyster sampling.  It was refreshing to head to the coast and get out of the lab for a bit.

Day 224- Friday, 8/11/17
What a busy Friday for this kid!  Justin got his schedule and ID for the new year, had a dr appointment, and then went to a cross country kick-off bbq.  These kids are his cross cross country friends that he had a blast spending summer with. 

Day 225- Saturday, 8/12/17
It's like pulling teeth to get Justin to drive.  He just doesn't like it, but it's a life skill so he must learn.  Today he conquered the freeway and did a really good job without complaining or flat out refusing so I rewarded him with a cool treat which was a surprise that he was super happy about.  Maybe the freeway won't seem so bad after all.

That's it for now.  See you next week.  Goodbye summer!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Week 31

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  This is our last week of freedom before the kids return to school.  We will finally escape a bit this weekend to go out with a bang and then it's time to hit the books and return to an intense schedule.  We need to really enjoy these last few days and someone also needs to get those summer assignments done!

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 211- Sunday, 7/30/17
 Apparently it's National Chicken Wing Day so John made up a big batch for dinner which made the boys happy.

Day 212- Monday, 7/31/17
 Brandon celebrates his 13th Birthday today.  We now have a house full of teenage boys, and he's so ready not to be a kid anymore, but he'll always be our baby.

Day 213- Tuesday, 8/1/17 
Justin posed with Bella and my monthly marker.  I promised them both a treat after ;0)  I'm so not ready for August.  Where did July go?  That seemed super fast.

Day 214- Wednesday, 8/2/17
The evenings on these hot summer days have been pleasant and cooler so I've been enjoying my walks with the dog.  There is this tree in the park with these really interesting feathery flowers that always catches my eye.

Day 215- Thursday, 8/3/17
Brandon's been enjoying playing with his birthday presents and this is one of his favorites.  Later, on another evening walk, we were noticing how many garden spiders are out with their impressive webs. They are everywhere and look very creepy but are harmless and help catch the biting bugs like gnats and mosquitoes.

Day 216- Friday, 8/4/17
TGIF!  Time for an afternoon slushy to kick off the weekend.  Our new AM/PM used to have 25cent slushies on Friday, but I guess that promotion is over so we got 2 for 1 instead.  Still way cheaper than Starbucks!

Day 217- Saturday, 8/5/17
Tyler is working (always working) and John is riding at the track so the younger boys and I headed out to pick up Brandon's new bike (much needed for the new school year) and to see one last movie for the summer. I still can't believe summers almost over.  Blah!

That's it!  See you next week as we work on getting used to a new normal.  At least we can ease in with a short week since school starts on a Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Week 30

Welcome back, happy Tuesday, and hello August!  It's going to be a busy and eventful month.  How is it that school starts in 2 weeks?  Nope--not ready for that at all.  We're missing a week of summer this year by starting a bit early.  Blah!  I guess we'll just have to make the most of what we have left.

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 204- Sunday, 7/23/17
John is braving the backyard heat to make us some rotisserie chicken for dinner. Yum!

Day 205- Monday, 7/24/17
I've been doing coffee on my own lately since my work buddy is visiting family out of the country.

Day 206- Tuesday, 7/25/17
It's so nice having a personal driver to help me run errands and fill my tank when needed. We've made it a point to practice more frequently and it's working.  He's a lot more confident and has finally figured out how to navigate his way around town without receiving directions.  A couple more months and he'll be ready for his test.

Day 207- Wednesday, 7/26/17
When I got home from work today I found Rusty on the stairs playing with his fish and then I found Branodn's tennis stuff tossed on the floor right in front of a door.  Really?  Apparently the space by our back slider is now his storage space.  Nope! That's going to change real quick.

Day 208- Thursday, 7/27/17
Dinner for one.  We eat dinner around 6 pm and lately Tyler hasn't been getting home from work until about 8:30 so we save him a plate to heat up when he gets in.  I like the days when he can actually join us better.

Day 209- Friday, 7/28/17
When you agree to help run errands on a triple digit day you deserve a nice cool treat.  My personal driver was busy doing something else so Brandon volunteered to go with me.  When we got back I checked on the tomato plant out back and it's loving the heat.  We went from none, to one, to a whole basket full in just a couple weeks and there are more ready to turn in a few days.  Bring on the salsa!

Day 210- Saturday, 7/29/17
Today we set up for a party to celebrate Brandon's birthday that's on Monday which is not a good day to celebrate.  He was supposed to have a sleepover with friends but everyone was busy with sports or family trips so it was just us and thankfully he was fine with that.

That's it!  See you all next week. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 29

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  We just had another super hot weekend and are hoping for some relief during the week as has been the pattern but looks like there are many triple digit days lines up in the forecast.  Our pool is getting good use this summer.  We're also making last minute plans for a quick escape with the kids since they didn't really get a vacation trip for the summer.  It will just be a weekend thing but at least it's something and to places they are interested in. Next year when John and I do not have a big trip planned for ourselves we can do more with the family.  I just can't believe summer is almost over and we only have a few weekends left to make something happen.  Ack!  I could use more time.

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 197- Sunday, 7/16/17
It's national ice-cream day and we just so happened to finish making 3 batches of homemade ice-cream not knowing that this was today.  It was meant to be! Chocolate candy crush, strawberry with fresh berries, and vanilla with mini chocolate chips--that's what's for dessert.  Justin will have to get some later.  He's at a movie with his friends and hopefully his brothers will leave at least a little for him.

Day 198- Monday, 7/17/17
When it's hot out this dog does nothing but sleep and when she sleeps with her ears like this she looks like an Egyptian Sphinx dog.

Day 199- Tuesday, 7/18/17
Fresh fruit Popsicle are the best afternoon snack on hot summer days.  This is how the humans deal with the heat ;0)

Day 200- Wednesday, 7/19/17
Nothing screams summer like a sunflower.  I found a few wild beauties on my walk this evening.

Day 201- Thursday, 7/20/17
Wasn't I just complaining about having no red tomatoes last week? Well here you go.  The first once has revealed itself with hopefully more to follow.  Loving the rich red color and the heart shaped sun-glare. All this heat is good for something at least.

Day 202- Friday, 7/21/17
Today was Brandon's last day of summer camp and he brought home this mask that was used in a talent show group act.  It's supposed to be a sheep mask and he thought it was funny showing it off to Bella.  Right after this we loaded up and took Bella to the vet for an annual shot.  This is day 2 of waiting on doctors.  Why the long waits?  It drives me nuts. What exactly is the point of an appointment anymore?  Like none of us waiting hours in a waiting room have anything better to do.  Grrr!

Day 203- Saturday, 7/22/17
We're all relaxing today after a long week and after getting the house chores done.  Rusty likes to mess with Justin's face.  They have an interesting relationship to say the least but it's good for both of them.

Wait!  One more--

July's Family Photo

It's too hot to take a picture outside so here we are in the air-conditioned house, and I love that you can see the picture I have of my kids when we first moved into this house right behind us.  How they have grown!  It's been almost exactly 12 years and the only way I remember is because we got in just in time to celebrate Brandon's 1st birthday here and he'll be 13 next week.  Time flies when you're having fun :0)

Ok all done!  Check back next week as we get ready to say goodbye to July and kick off August.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 28

Welcome back and happy Tuesday.  Yep--it's still hot especially on weekends which makes it hard to want to do anything especially outside.  Last week was all about getting back into the full swing of things and getting everyone including the pets back on a schedule.

Take a look -

Day 190- Sunday, 7/9/17
John spent the day in another motorcycle class to learn some cornering moves this time.  It was super hot out there in all the gear but he still had fun and learned a lot.

Day 191- Monday, 7/10/17
It's a playful Monday afternoon for Brandon and Bella.  Tug-of-war is one of their favorite games.  He's always amazed at how strong she is especially when she starts pulling him across the floor.

Day 192- Tuesday, 7/11/17
We're patiently waiting on red.  This plant has at least 20 tomatoes but no ripe ones yet.  They are the large beef steak variety so they need to little more time to grow, and then I have a feeling they will all turn at once.  John is eager to make some salsa especially now that the boys like it too.

Day 193- Wednesday, 7/12/17
It's nice to get back to our regular walks and at least in the evenings we have a refreshing delta breeze to make the them more manageable and pleasant.

Day 194- Thursday, 7/13/17
We had tacos for dinner yesterday so today Justin made nachos for dinner with the leftovers.  It's one of his favorites.

Day 195- Friday, 7/14/17
This summer Tyler has not only been taking EMT classes twice a week in his all blue uniform but has also been working like crazy picking up as many shifts as he can life-guarding.  Some days he even has a shift after his 8 hr class day.  That's crazy, but he's motivated to make money to help pay for school and take care of those frat fees.  It's been quite a summer for him so far.  He even had his first real traumatic save at the pool just after we got back from our trip.

Day 196- Saturday, 7/15/17
Why are the weekends so darn hot?  I think it was 105 today so the boys beat the heat by spending time in and around the pool and then we all took in a movie enjoying the theater's air-conditioning which is cheaper and more entertaining than ours ;0)

That's it!  See you next week.  I feel like summer is slipping away from me.  The younger kids start school in exactly one month.  Yikes!  At least Tyler has an additional month after that.