Tuesday, July 22, 2014

summer journal: days 39, 40, 41, 42

Last Thursday was busy, busy cleaning the house and then it was date night!  I went for a walk, went shopping for camping and then met Patrick for a long bike ride on a new trail that we really enjoyed.  I was nervous because I noticed it was almost all downhill, meaning that the way back would suck.  :)  It wasn't that bad and he helped me at the steepest part.  (by giving me a push.  love that.)  We wanted to veg out at a movie (we were tired) but there weren't any so we went back to the bookstore and vegged out there. 

On Friday I got ready for camping, like alllllll day.  It is so much prep work!  The nice thing was that I had all day and didn't have to rush.  The kids were excited so they were really helpful and my mom brought me her camping coffee pot so I didn't have to drive over and get it.  Very sweet.  We decided that one of our injured tents would be fine (no rain in the forecast and it held so we got lucky), so we had two tents, two air mattresses and a cot.  Lots of stuff.

The weather was beautiful and we had a really good time.  We went for a hike on Saturday (Parfrey's Glen) and to Devil's Lake and had multiple camp fires and percolator coffee.  (delicious.)  We slept better Saturday night (our air mattress was sideways on a slope Friday night) and I woke up Sunday morning, in the cool tent, feeling rested and happy.  And like I wanted coffee.  I couldn't get the fire started, didn't want to wake Patrick up, couldn't light the propane torch (to help start the fire), Ruby woke up with gum in her hair (and everywhere else) and I started to freak out.  All I wanted was some coffee!!  Ruby curled up next to Patrick and went back to sleep, the boys were up by that point, so they jumped in the van with me and I hunted down a McDonald's.   Without a GPS, even.  Impressive.  It's like I smelled it or something.  I got two large coffees and some egg white delight sandwiches (the best thing at mcdonald's, in my opinion) and breathed a sigh of relief.  (I was also over cooking (and cleaning up) at that point.)  :)  We pulled up into camp and Patrick had a fire going (he said he had gotten up literally 3 minutes earlier, knowing I would like a fire) and I finally got to sit down in my camp chair with my coffee and book.  Ahhhhhhhhh.  It was all I needed.  :)  Later on we packed up and headed home.  Everyone helped unload and put stuff away and we were done in 30 minutes.  That was awesome.  So fun.  Relaxing for me (not as much for Patrick, though he did enjoy it.)  I love seeing our kids just playing outside in the dirt.  I wish we had some woods by our house.  (we do, but not that I would let them go play in alone.)  Anyways, I loved it.  Worth the effort. 

BUT, oh my gosh, I sure do LOVE the Keurig.  :)

I don't know why but a lot of my pictures were blurry and/or got blown out in the bright sunshine.  I still love them, though.  




























xoxoxo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

summer journal, days 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 (whew!)

I would like to tell you right now that there will not be pictures in this post.  :(  I will understand if you leave now.

Hi!!  :)  How are you?  I am good.  I just sat down to write for a minute and 2/3 of my children are now awake.  50 bucks says Nick asks to cuddle within the next 5 mins. 

Well, I am ashamed to admit I can't remember much of last Friday.  I think we just stayed home.  Friday night I brought some stuff to my mom's (THAT'S what I did...priced garage sale stuff!) for her garage sale. 

On Saturday I got up early and went and helped her set up for an hour for her sale.  After that I roused Ruby and Nick and we loaded up and set out for St. Cloud for a family reunion.  The trip up was awful and Ruby and Nick each had one period of major disobedience.  :)  There was a lot of traffic and we drove in the rain for about 3 hours.  It took us 7.5 hours.  ugh.  But, once we got to the hotel it was magically all okay.  My Dad and Mari and Annie and Ronan were all there (and their boys) and it was gorgeous out.  We all went to this beautiful botanical garden (pics to come!) and then had a chaotic but tasty dinner at Texas Roadhouse.  After dinner we went back to the hotel and figured it would be a good idea to go swimming.  Can you say exhausted?  :)

Sunday morning we went to the reunion and it was really cool to see some of my Dad's aunts and uncles and cousins.  I was really looking forward to seeing my Godmother, Katie, and was so happy that I got to.  I loved looking around and seeing all the similarities in these people, our family.  My dad's mom died when he was young so I never met her.  I loved seeing some of her brothers and sisters that I hadn't seen since I was a child and looking at the old pictures and family history.  There is another reunion next summer, specifically for my great grandpa's clan, and I am already looking forward to it.  (Nicky had a ball, Ruby was a little bored but it was all good.)

After the reunion we got to go visit Katie's farm.  Growing up, my Dad often went there for the whole summer to help out.  When I was little, I got to go for a week about 4 or 5 different times, I think?  I loved it and have some wonderful memories from those visits.  (I want to write them all down!  I am getting old!) 

So much of the farm looked just the same.  I guess I can't write about this now.  I am feeling emotional and I don't have time for that right now.  Busy day.  :)

After Katie's we went back to the hotel and ordered pizza and swam.  It was such a fun trip and so good to see my Dad and Mari and hang out with Annie & Ronan and the boys.  I love all of them so much.  I did miss James but he had elected to stay home with Patrick and they had a good guys weekend, too.  He called me a lot the first day but I didn't hear from him after that.  :)

The trip home was 1,000,000 times better.  The sun was shining, it was cool outside, traffic was not as bad, the children were like rosy faced angels in the back seat, spelling words and drawing hearts.  (not kidding.)  Thank you, Lord.

We got home and I took a big nap and then we all went on a bike ride.  That was the end of Monday.

Tuesday morning we stayed home and then James went to Park Science.  It rained for a while.  I unpacked.  We played some board games and fought.  The usual.  That evening James and I went for a walk with our friends and got caught in some more rain.  It was a really nice night.

Yesterday we did swimming, set up our tents (1 out of 3 is usable.  boo) and met some friends at the park.  Last night I mowed the lawn and then Patrick built us a big fire and we sat out there by ourselves for a long time.  Then the children discovered us.  :) 

Today is date night and tomorrow we are going camping so I have a lot on my mind.  It was good to sit here for a while, though. 

xoxoxo

Friday, July 11, 2014

summer journal: days 30, 31, 32

Hi peeps!

I was just sitting up at the pool feeling AWFULLy tired when I realized I hadn't had coffee yet.  At NOON!!!!!  Oh my gosh.  I am having some now, thankfully.

Let's see, what have we been up to.

Tuesday was day 30.  It was the last day of morning summer school and then James had park science.  After lunch, Ruby suggested I read my book while her and Nicky watched a Garfield movie.  Um, excellent suggestion, Ruby old chap.

After a nice reading/movie session we went to the library and for a bike ride.  It is so funny (scary) going for bike rides with Ruby.  She will usually say she wants to race at some point and when I am just about to pass her she will CUT IN FRONT OF ME.  That is so wrong and dangerous!!  I am not that coordinated.  Sheesh.  The rest of the afternoon they played outside and I don't remember what else. 

Wednesday was then the first day with no summer school.  At about 9:30 am James told me he was bored.  ha. ha. ha.  He had to go outside for an hour (thems the rules) but luckily for him, he was invited on a play date for later that afternoon.  This again left Ruby, Nick & I solo for the afternoon.  We hit up a fun new park and then got some frozen yogurt and then (boohoo) some groceries.  James' friend came back to our house for a sleepover and the kids all just hung out and played/fought all night.  Nicky went to bed early.  (hot mess)  James had done a lemonade stand that day and had such a good time.  Also, Patrick promised Ruby a treat if she would wear her hair in a ponytail for the evening.  She did and got a cupcake.  (so did the other kids)

Thursday (DATE NIGHT!) was a busy morning.  James' friend stayed all morning (they found something to agree on and all played together so nicely)  I dropped the two boys off at park science and then came home, packed up some stuff, and Emma came.  I beat it out of here and did some reading and then some shopping.  I found nothing to sell and SO MUCH for myself.  I spent $40 on me which is a lot in thrift store dollas.  Would you like to know what I got?  :)  I got some pink Gap shorts, a black tee, a black & gray maxi skirt (that is not too long!), an old navy work out tank, a gray old navy dress and a LOLE winter jacket.  Oh, and a long red jersey nightgown (SPICY) , NWT, or new with tags for those of you that aren't aware you can buy things OLD withOUT tags.  ;)   All for $40!!  It is all in the washer RIGHT NOW and I can't wait to go hang it on the line. 

In my line of work, I find a lot of clothes for myself.  (especially at the dig)  I am proud of myself for narrowing down my summer shirt collection this year and vowing to get rid of anything I don't wear at least once.  That means we have to stop going for bike rides and other sporty things on date night.  I need to wear my dresses!!! 

Also, I have been wearing skirts, like once a week.  ALL OF MY LIFE, practically, I have wanted to wear more skirts and I never have.  I am so happy to finally be doing it.  (it's the little things)

After shopping for myself, I picked up some picnic fixings and met Patrick. We ate (fixing our sandwiches on the curb of a parking lot.  :)  ) and then went for a long bike ride.  It was beautiful and relaxing and my butt hurt.  He helped me up the big hill again.  After our ride we went to the bookstore and had a coffee and shared a slice of cheesecake.  I hadn't been there for so long and it was really fun to be back.  I looked at the latest issue of Martha Stewart (inspiring!) and bought a calendar.  (Katie Daisy!!!)  We had such a good time and came home to a clean and quiet house.  (Love that Emma.)

Long live date night.

xoxoxo

p.s.  My goal for the rest of the summer is to take more movies.  Nick is going to go to 4K soon and they are going to teach him how to correctly pronounce stuff and I will die a little.  Also, the other night he told me his 3 ways he likes to be cuddled.  I couldn't understand the first two (ha!) but the third was that he likes putting his legs on my legs.  Also, he says already as aldewwy.  Don't want to forget that.

xoxo


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

pics from devil's lake

I didn't have my husband that day but this sled worked pretty slick for hauling our stuff. (also, our wagon would have worked but wheels on the beach can be tricky)












xoxoxo

summer journal, days OH NOES, I HAVE NO IDEA

I have no recollection of last Wednesday afternoon.  I know we did something but it feels gone.  Scary how that happens to me. 

On Thursday my family (cousin Sarah, Auntie Lee, and Sarah's two adorable kiddos) arrived and we just hung out all day and had dinner and the kids played.  It was so good to have them here!  Friday was the 4th and we started out the day with a walk to the end of Picnic Point (if you're local, the beach is not groomed at all this year and the water is YUCKY) where we huddled alongside a path and ate our lunch.  :)  After that we went to Tenney Park which, thankfully, turned out to be very nice.  It wasn't crowded and the water was very nice.

We came home at the end of the day for tacos and Ruby came down with a high fever.  :(  We had a small bunch of fireworks so we just lit those off here and the kids were happy with that.  We had a slow morning on Saturday and eventually Sarah and I (and her kids) met my mom and Lee at the Dig.  (of course.)  I left there, stopped at Target to get James some non-athletic shorts, and went home to change for church. 

It was my friend Carolyn's parent's 50th Anniversary so we were invited to church with them and then to a party at their house.  Ruby was so sad to miss it so I just took James to church and dropped him off at the party, at Carolyn's request.  He had a BLAST and was sad to come home at the end of the night.  Ruby and I watched TV and snuggled on the couch for most of the evening.  Patrick and Nick went on a bike ride. 

Sunday was a slow day, we needed one.  That afternoon I took Ruby to see Rio 2 and then we picked up Little Ceasar's pizza on the way home.  I hadn't had that in YEARS and it is still the same.  Pretty gross.  Of course the kids loved it.  :)

Yesterday I let the big kids skip summer school but we went to swimming lessons.  After that we picked up Wendy and her girls and went to a place called Troll Beach for the afternoon.  They have inflatables in a man-made pond and it was fun but also chaotic with so many different places for the kids to be running off to.  It was not relaxing but not awful.  Wendy and I were glad to cross it off of our list of places we wanted to try.  Probably won't go back for a while.  :)

This was a super condensed entry of most of the last week!  I just don't have writing in me today.  And I am still bothered that I can't remember last Wednesday afternoon.  :)

xoxoxo

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

summer journal: whatever freaking day it was yesterday

I needed a minute this morning and I am getting it.  Nick went to visit grandma and the big kids are at summer school.  I am going to get to work here shortly but I really enjoyed my coffee and blog reading.  :)


James had his afternoon hiking class yesterday so Ruby, Nick and I were at home trying to decide what to do.  Nick and I played catch outside for a while and then he said he wanted to take a nap.  Um, okay???  He slept for over 2 hours while Ruby and I read and watched TV.  After he woke up we went for a bike ride to the park and that was really nice.  Then it was home to shower and get dinner in the oven so I could leave to meet my friends.  We went shopping for our dirty girl outfits (epic.) and out for a drink. It was a fun night, I was home around 11:00 and asleep shortly thereafter. 

As we are deciding on our August plans, I cannot believe it is July. 

must. slow. down.

xoxo



Tuesday, July 01, 2014

a few pictures

James was pretty happy to have his joke selected for Boy's Life:
Ruby (& Nick) on the neighbor's trampoline:
After Devil's Lake, wearing my hoodie in a new way:
Laying out my gallery wall and the boys:
Patrick in chef mode:
the finished product:

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