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.