Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Week 17

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  I'm so glad we are coming up on the last week in April.  That means no more high school swim and the younger boys get switched to an earlier swim practice.  We can all be home just after 6:30 instead of past 8:30 pm.  This will make a huge difference.  Plus May is the last full month of school.  Summer break is right around the corner and that is music to my ears.

Here's how our last week went:

Day 110- Monday, 4/20/15
For Justin's NJHS service project this year he and his friend Jack collected clothes to donate to a homeless shelter.  Justin managed to get 3 large bags full by casing the neighborhood and Jack has even more.  They'll drop them off next week.

Day 111- Tuesday, 4/21/15
John needed a good head shot for work since they recently had a company change over and have to redo all their bios.  His branch of Siemen's was bought out by Beckman Coulter and it's been a crazy past few months to make the switch happen.

Day 112- Wednesday, 4/22/15
While the kids swim I hit the gym.  I can't find the time to workout at home anymore so I might as well take advantage of the time I'm stuck at the rec center.  I bought some new shoes and use them to help me spin, row, and step.  Time to shed those extra pounds and firm up for summer.

Day 113- Thursday, 4/23/15
He's finally done with his state ABC book!  It seems like he's been working on it forever and he has.  He started in February slowly working through the letters and then realized he better kick it in gear these past couple weeks.  Up next is the poster which shouldn't take nearly as long--I hope!

Day 114- Friday, 4/24/15
Tyler brought home another art piece.  It's a quilling project that reminds me of a colorful snowflake. I'm just happy he knows what quilling is now.  Currently he is working on a paper mache animal head trophy and chose to do a snake.  That should be interesting.  I wonder if he'll hang it in his room?

Day 115- Saturday, 4/25/15
Look at those clouds.  We actually had a lot of rain overnight but nothing real during the day.  John and I crossed the Tower Bridge to head into the big city for dinner at Il Franaio with Sharon and Richie.  It's been awhile since we've seen them so it was time to catch up, and the food and wine was really good.  It's been even longer since I've eaten here.  We'll have to come back again soon.

Day 116- Sunday, 4/26/15
Today we went to a nice big nursery to find a new tree for the backyard.  The kids enjoyed helping us pick one out.  We settled on a Golden Yellow Chinese Elm of decent size. John was kind enough to get it all set up and planted where our old tree used to be.  Thankfully the ground was nice and soft from a recent rain.

Wait!  One more-

April's Family Photo

This month's family photo had to be outside next to our new tree on this beautiful spring day.  We need to take it again in about 5 years to see how the tree and we have all grown ;0)

Ok!  That's it.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next week in May!


  1. That quilling art piece by Tyler looks really cool! That's great that he gets to enjoy a class like that amidst all the more stressful classes. Looks like a fun double date you had, too! That's wonderful that you and John get to enjoy nights out regularly. Love the new tree! It made a great backdrop for your April family photo!

  2. Of course what takes high on my list, and such a great smile on his face too, is their collection of clothes for the homeless, they rock!

  3. That art piece is amazing! Wow! Great job on the clothing collection and ABC book - busy kids!!

  4. Great job on the clothes collection and the ABC book! Way to go! Glad you had a night out. And love the art and new tree! Hope you have a great week!

  5. Sorry I haven't commented on your blog in a while. Life got crazy busy (I know you know how that is) and unfortunately blogging had to take a back seat for a while. That quillling project that Tyler did is SO COOL!!!!!!! WOW! That will be cool to see a picture next to the new tree in a few years and do a side by side comparison. :)
    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY on Sunday!!!