Thursday, July 31, 2014

summer journal, day 52

Today was a good one. 

At the pool a friend invited us to join her and one of her friends at this little park right near us.  She said they had filled sand in at one point on the river and they have been swimming there all summer.  What??  We have been there lots of times, and the kids have played in the river, but it was kind of rocky and full of old wagon wheels and stuff.  She said it was all cleaned up and very nice.

James' friend got permission to stay with us for the day and after lunch we all headed over to the park.  There were a total of 12 kids and they had so much fun.  I loved it and am so happy we were invited and now I know the SECRET SPOT.  :) 

First, a little morning reading:
 If you let your kids sleep over they might end up jumping down our stairs onto pillow piles.  (those are our future paint colors written on the walls.  we are old.)  No worries, I don't allow diving.

 James was so happy.  Two of his best friends were here and he LOVES digging and building in the sand like this.  For over three hours they just played.  It's my favorite. 

Last night I just packed and got ready for today.  Wendy and I walked 7300 steps this morning...awesome.  I came home and had coffee and now Nick is in the tub (peed the bed.  sigh.) and James and Ruby are still asleep. 

I hope you have a great weekend!  I will be in Duluth alone with the kids (Patrick is having a weekend with his friends in St. Paul.).  Well, alone except for my dad, mom, brother, sister in law, and cousin for the day on Friday.  :)


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

summer journal, days 50, 51

Good morning, dear ones.

It is Wednesday, July 30th.  How are you?  I'm good.  James and his friend are giggling downstairs, Ruby is sleeping and Nick and I just had a cuddle.

Let's see, day 50:  This was Monday.  Hmmmmm.  Oh, on Monday I got up early (5:39...ugh) and went for a bike ride.  It was so chilly!  (I think I said that before, sorry.)  After swimming and lunch we met my sister and her family at Eugster's for the afternoon.  I hadn't been there in years and had forgotten how long the kids can entertain themselves there with all their different areas.  It was a nice day.  Afterwards we got James some new shoes and went to Orange Leaf so they could get frozen yogurt and James thought it was super awesome.  :)  I went to bed early that night.  Exhausted.

Yesterday was day 51.  Wendy and I walked at 6:00...5000 steps.  Nice.  At breakfast the children were complaining how there was no food, or rather, none of their favorite foods.  I reminded them that I was too buys TAKING THEM TO FUN PLACES to do menial, every day tasks like buy groceries.  :)  So yesterday we took time for the menial.  I did my roots, spent some time in the yard, we went grocery shopping and to get hair cuts.  I don't remember what else.  It was thrilling.  Last night Emma came and I escaped for some pizza with Patrick (amazing. delicious. Pizza Brutta.) and we went and saw the movie Lucy.  Oh man, that movie sucked.  SO BAD.  We were laughing and making fun of it, so that part of it was fun.  Overall, a good date night.  Patrick said they always are.  xoxoxo

Now we need to figure out the plan for today.  Tomorrow we leave for Duluth!  August is hilariously full.  I am pretty excited about it as I can sense the tide starting to shift.  (Meaning, I am going to be ready for school when the time comes.)  Right now, though, I am so thankful for everything we have ahead of us.  We get to see lots of family, visit new places and hopefully have a lot of good time together this next month.

Nick saying "you don't mean what I mean" instead of "you don't know what I mean."

Nick saying "the day in back of this day" for "yesterday."

Rings.  I love having pretty rings to wear.  I wanted to wear rings most of my life but my fingers were too chubby to find them at stores, aside from real jewellery stores, you know?  Through etsy and lia sophia I have found some pretty ones and they make me so happy.

I wore a dress last Saturday and told my sister I felt like I was wearing pajamas.  She said I didn't look like I was.  I got home from the farmer's market and the first think Patrick said when he saw me was, "You look like you're wearing pajamas."  hahahahhahah! 


Monday, July 28, 2014

summer journal: days 46, 47, 48, 49

Good morning!  How are you?  I just got back from a dang chilly bike ride.  My toes are cold!!  I need some socks.

Let's see, where were we?  Day 46 was last Thursday.  Emma came for date day/night and I went to the dig, read in the sunshine, went for a walk, and got dinner supplies.  I was a little pouty because Patrick worked later than I would have liked him to but we had a really nice time and I got over myself.  :)  We saw the movie Chef and Patrick even really liked it.  It is a sweet movie, especially if you like food/food trucks/Jon Favreau.  After the movie Patrick wanted to get treats to bring home for our kids because he said that's what his parents always did when he was a kid.  awwwww.  We got home and Emma had made homemade kettle corn.  Score!!

Friday, day 47 of our summer adventure (aka life), was chilly.  We went to the picnic to celebrate the end of the summer reading program and then came home and were lazy most of the day.  That afternoon my sister called me from work, which she rarely does, and we randomly decided to fit in a visit to the Kalahari at the end of August and, hey, let's invite our whole family!  There were only a limited amount of rooms left at the deal price that I had heard about, so I started madly texting and calling family members.  It is hard to describe that hour but at the end of it my blood pressure was through the roof and myself & kids, Annie, Ronan & kids, our Dad & Mari, 3 of our cousins, their husbands and all of their kids, my mom and my aunt had all agreed to go.  Whew!  Mini reunion for 26, please!  Yay!!  The most stressful part was that Annie and I decided on the date, I told people and then I talked to Ronan and Andrea actually worked one of the days we planned!  And she was working! and couldn't answer my multiple texts! and my cousin booked! and would she get off? and it was crazy!  :)  Annie said she was standing by a patient's bed, suctioning them, and her phone kept buzzing in her pocket.  :)  hahahhaha.  I had a much needed beer after that and then Ruby's friend came for a sleepover and we had a fire and the kids were crazy and Patrick got mad and went in the house and then the kids settled down and he came back out. the end.

 On Saturday morning I met Annie & Ronan and their kids at the farmer's market and that was beautiful.  I loaded up on veggies and homemade jam and some sconuts.  (scone + donut = sconut)  After I got home I did some yard work and just relaxed.  Patrick made burgers (YUM) and we watched Motel Hell with Gordon Ramsay.  Kind of dumb but scratched a reality tv itch that I was having.  I took Nick for a walk.  I took a lot of pictures for ebay.  James went to Grandma's for the afternoon (they made a delicious cake) and I don't remember what else happened. 

Yesterday was Sunday.  I listed some items.  I mowed the lawn.  It was beautiful mowing weather, sunny but a nice breeze...very pleasant.  Patrick made crepes (YUM) and we went to church and got Little Ceasar's on the way home.  We ate on the patio and afterwards Patrick and the kids ended up playing a strange game of catch with pizza crusts.  ??  He was whipping them up into the air as hard as he could and they were scrambling to catch them as they came down.  Random and funny.  Then I went and had a glass of wine with my mom and sister.  Then I stole hydrangeas from an abandoned house and my sister took a photo of me doing it.  Then I came home and read my book and went to bed.

the end. 

Now, photos from Little Amerricka (and a couple others):

 James was thrilled to drive the go karts alone this year:
 We forgot Nick's shoes.  Did I tell you that?  I cut the back off of Ruby's extra pair that we had in the van and he made do all day.  What a champ.
 Ruby and Allison:
 Ruby looking up at us and Nick struggling to keep his janky flip flops on his feet:

 Eli giving us his side eye:
 our boys chatting up those girls:


Thursday, July 24, 2014

summer journal: days 43, 44, 45

Hello friends,

How is your day going?  Mine is good.  Everyone is still sleeping at 7:45.  Score!   Today is Thursday (date night) so I should be cleaning but that can wait just a little bit longer, don't you think?

Okay, let's get the business out of the way.  On Monday (day 43) it was really hot.  After swim lessons and lunch we rode our bikes to the pool.  That made Ruby (my overheater) hate me a little but as soon as we got up the big hill and into the pool, the hate was forgotten.  We met Wendy and her girls there and enjoyed the cool water until someone puked and we had to get out.  It was almost closing time anyways, so no biggie.  We got ice cream and played on the playground for a while and then rode home.  (downhill, thankfully.) 

Tuesday was even hotter!  We have had mostly beautiful temps this year with not much over 80-85.  Today got up to 96, I believe.  Annie and I took the kids to the splash pad where they all proceeded to gang up and soak us.  :)  After a couple hours (and when my two big kids were starting to make me feel crazy) we headed over to the that little bit of heaven, the dig.  After 10 or 15 minutes Nick started clutching his stomach and crying (wailing!) and I thought he was going to poop everywhere or have his appendix burst or something.  So I did what any good mother would do.  I tried to get him to lay down on a dirty jacket and go to sleep.  HAHAHA.  We left, we left.  AND HE WAS FINE.  He was totally faking!!!  He perked up and wanted ice cream on the way home.  Little rat.  (we did get ice cream.  hello, 96!!)  That night Patrick and I shared some frozen margarita packets my sister had gotten him for his birthday.  So good. I finished mine and promptly fell asleep.  I am a good time girl, that's for sure.

Yesterday was Wednesday and we met Annie & Ronan and Wendy and all the kids at Little Amerricka for the afternoon.  It was a lot of fun and I am thinking we can get one or two more years in before James rolls his eyes at the mention of it.  It is geared towards younger kids but now that I think about it, he might be happy in the future if he can just go on the go karts over and over and over.  :)  On the way home we stopped to get some groceries, arrived home, cleaned out the van and promptly collapsed.

And now I will share a bunch of pictures from our St. Cloud trip.  And some other randoms.  (little amerricka pics soon)

Me & Katie:
 My necklace that I "made."  I bought the kit and glued that map circle into it.  :) 
 Our neighbor and my cousin Sarah's baby Jude:


 In St. Cloud at some beautiful gardens:

 Along the Mississippi:

At the farm:

 I love this old barn. 
 My new gallery wall!!  I love seeing all the paintings I've collected over the years in one place.  LOVE.
 James picked these berries for us on one of his hikes.  love.
 back to the farm:

 dirty feet after the farm:


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