Life this week (above): My mother-in-law & sister-in-law are on an Alaskan cruise. They saw that moose…so cool. | I am back to work at my “old” job. Those guys have a serious addiction to their afternoon Starbucks fix. This could be dangerous. | We have made it through the first two weeks of school (and packing lunches)…and only four melt-down-drama-queen moments. I am calling that a success! | I have this old gas can in the backyard garden. It might be worth some money if it wasn’t so rusted.
Quilt Progress. All 9 blocks are finished. I can’t wait for next week to work on it because I want to start on another project. That must be a sign of an obsession.
Christmas blocks finished
It’s National Bacon Day. Who knew?
Who doesn’t love bacon?
Redbubble has an awesome deal in honor of that yummy, crispy pig. Check it out here and pick up some fabulous t-shirts, or whatever, like something in my shop.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
The girls finished sewing their pillow cases…
Their sewing instructor, Sherri, embroidered their name on each pillow case.
Hubby’s brother is in town with his kids. The girls have only met these cousins once. We took a family day and went to Elitch’s. They had so much fun at Elitch Gardens. It was so hot! Like I was melting-hot. We cooled off by riding Shipwreck Falls and Disaster Canyon water rides. The water was freezing…and it was still hot.
We spent the second half of the day at the water park and cool off some more. Parker rode her first…and last (for a while)…water slide. The wave pool was a favorite of everyone. I won’t rant about how expensive food and drinks are there (and you can’t bring in your own food). If you go to a theme park, expect to lay out the cash. That’s all.
Parker learned to ride her bike without training wheels! Wwweeeeee!
I promised to buy her a new bike when she learned to ride…
She learned to ride her bike in 2 days.
I kept my promise of new bikes from Walmart.
Already riding standing up…
Alex got a new 28″ bike too.
It’s got 16 speeds, or something crazy like that.
Yeah, she likes it.
Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven.
We ran around most of the afternoon checking bike prices at 3 stores…then gymnastics…then buying bikes at Walmart, we stopped at 7-Eleven for free Slurpees twice!
It’s not easy to command the attention of a room full of Kindergarteners. It’s even harder to keep their attention once you grab it.
As part of her 5th grade reading class, Alexandra read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss to a very rowdy Kindergarten class. I know they are rowdy because this is the class Parker is in, and I volunteer during Library time for this class. They can be rascals.
It started out just how she practiced…
Then the kids wanted to get closer…
They wanted to sit on her lap…
Parker says Alexandra was “Awesome!” and didn’t mess up once. Alexandra said it was fun but they rushed her because “they couldn’t see the pictures.”
And never, ever turn your back on a classroom full of Kindergarteners. After she finished reading the book the kids thanked her by covering her with stickers! Lots and lots of stickers.
Life at home
The dogs are playing tug-of-war with a sock. This is why the girls never have socks. Parker has made a tent under the dining table (in background). She has brought out every single stuffed animal she owns to camp out with her.
I took Alexandra to the doctor for something completely unnecessary. She can be a bit of worry-wort about some things, even though her mother told her it’s nothing. The doctor confirmed that too.
Then, BAM…the doctor informs me that she needs shots, not at 13 as I thought, but when she turns 11…which was 4 months ago. Surprise, Alex! She was not happy. She thought about making a run for it. She cried for 15 minutes and begged to come back another day. She finally realized there was no way out and let the nurse inject her with Meningococcus and Tdap, and this is what happened (above)…Ouch!
Of course, it’s my fault.
I worked for my old office all last week to fill in for “my replacement” who was on vacation. On my way to work on Friday morning I saw this through my windshield…God Rays.
Together we are Stronger
We participated in the Woodrow Wilson Academy’s Wright Cause fundraiser on Friday. About 3 p.m. there was a rain shower but then the skies cleared in time for the walk to start and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful afternoon! It was a 3 mile walk. I tried to walk at a fast pace since I didn’t have time to workout all week since I was working. The girls took off at the front of the crowd to run the whole 3 miles. I think they ran maybe 1/4 of the mile. Alex will need some serious training if she wants to join the cross country team next year.
The face painting is always a hit with the kids.
Hula Hooping at the gym
Parker hula hooping in her new leotard at the gym. The girls each got 3 new/used leotards this weekend. They feel like “real gymnasts” now.
The girls were craving s’mores
First Popsicle of the season…Yes, it is a season.
A summertime tradition (or must) is having popsicles on the front porch with friends. It’s a cool treat after a long walk to the park in the evening.
Thor (or Thorbee) was such a good walker on his Gentle Leader. I am so proud of my big boy.
The saga continues…The Northern Flicker accepted his new nest, and is only knock-knock-knocking on his new Flicker House. He is trying to attract a mate and let every other Flicker know that this house is taken. Although the knocking is not as loud as when he is peeking on our house, it’s still at 6:00 a.m.!
We have decided to name him either Woody (obviously) or Mr. Sparkles. What do you think?
She’s such a nerd…
It was Twin Day at school (Spirit Week). The whole 5th grade dressed as nerds. She’s working on her Rhode Island state project wearing the glasses.
She’s a science nerd too…
Alex’s Science Fair display.
Daddy and his girls
Foothills Community Church hosted a Father/Daughter dinner and dance. The girls (and Daddy) got dressed up and had a great night! They went with our good friend with his 2 daughters.
Parker’s Twins…or Triplets.
Listening to SiriusXM on TV
I’ve been reliving my youth via SiriusXM. Now playing: “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. They still rock. I miss the 80s. Today is my birthday. I really miss my carefree youth.
And, now you will have that song stuck in your head. All. Day. Long.
My gift to you. You’re welcome.