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Archive for May, 2010

Takin’ It Easy

Memorial Day Weekend 2010

The kids last day of school was appropriately placed right before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial start of Summer.  Time for a restart.

My husband reminded me that life is about living.  I have a tendency to take too much to heart and let it linger there.  Before I realize it, I’m sulking and depressed.  He surprised me by having an impromptu get together/cookout!  He was all sneaky, sneaky and invited some friends we haven’t seen in a while.  Having them come by really brought my spirits up. We live so far away from everyone we usually end up staying at home and not getting out much.

I throughly enjoyed it.  This whole weekend has been a welcome wake up for me.  I’m definitely going to be spending more time living.  And now is the perfect time for getting out!  Kids on vacation, summer time is here!



Summer is so close that I can see it from here!  I can’t wait to get out and camp and spend time with the kiddos.  Today is the last day of school for them.  They tried to convince me last night that they didn’t have to stay all day.  They tried to tell me that I could come pick them up early.  I didn’t fall for it!  I know they aren’t doing much of anything today, but I’m still going to make them endure the whole last day.  Something happened with the printing company that is making their yearbooks.  They won’t be in until mid-June.  My kids are still young enough that getting their yearbooks signed isn’t really a big deal. 

We’ve already planned a few days of camping in Jellystone Park with some friends.  I can’t help but say “Aaaa… Boo Boo!” in my head.  It’s actually a few days of cabin renting, but we’re calling it camping anyway.  Should be a fun time full of swimming, fishing, and playground play.

Kaia has already made of list of things she wants to do for her birthday at the end of July.  I took a look at the list and was excited to see I could fit them all into one weekend.  She wants to go to Holiday World, go camping, go swimming, and “sit around and be a lazy bum”.  Her birthday falls on Sunday this year so it’s going to work out great!  We can camp close to the park, go there and swim and in between all that sit around and be lazy bums! 

I’ve looked into going to the Louisville Zoo as well.  It’s close enough to make it a day trip.  I still want to camp at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia sometime this summer.  It’s just south of Chattanooga and checking out Lookout Mtn. sounds like fun.

Any other suggestions for things to keep my kids busy and entertained?

Sights and Sounds

Yesterday I discovered that I have speech recognition software on my computer.  I’m surprised that it can understand what I say because of the way I speak.  If you’d seen any of my video blogs  then you know I have a southern drawl when I speak. This will take some getting used to, but it’s working for now.

In other news, I went to the eye doctor on Wednesday.  I hadn’t been in about two years so I tried a new doctor this time.  I took the kids to see him recently and they really liked him.  He said that my prescription hadn’t changed much since the last time I had my eyes checked.  He also said that my eyes were perfect for contact lenses.  I told him I wasn’t sure I wanted to try contacts.  The last time I tried to wear contacts it was a fiasco.  The lady who was helping me sat about 4 inches from my face while I was trying to put the contacts in my eyes.  Neil was just a baby and he was not happy.  He was crying from his stroller.  She was very unhappy to have to hear him.  I could tell that she was irritated and tired of waiting for me to get the contacts in my eyes.  I gave up and have not attempted contacts again.  He gave me a trial pair of contacts to try out.  He said he couldn’t order a prescription until I could show them that I can do it myself.

After I got home, I tried 15 minutes and never could get one in.  I decided to stop trying for now, but I would really like to wear them.  I guess I will just have to keep trying. Until then I will make do with a new pair of glasses.  They are similar to the ones I already have, but the new ones are black. I should get them in about two weeks.

Only one more day until the kids are out of school for Summer break.  I think I’m more excited than they are.  No more getting up at 6:00 AM!  I’m going to take them to the Louisville zoo sometime this summer.  Plus we have a couple of camping trips already planned.  I wanted to go to the beach in Panama City, but I’m unsure of what the oil spill will do.  I don’t want to book a camp site only to find out that we can’t swim.  So I guess we’ll be sticking to camping closer to home this year.This last week of school is going by quickly.  The kids have been busy with lots of playing.  On Wednesday Kaia went to the movies, and out to eat, and bowling and Neil went to Beech Bend.  I don’t remember ever having so much fun when I was in school.  I hope I can keep them entertained!

Wordless Wednesday

Post It Note Tuesday

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Hello Out There!!

I’m here!  I’m here!  I know I completely abandoned the blog last week.  I’m still trying to slow down a little from all the running I was doing.

On Thursday, Neil participated in a field trip reward for gaining more than 100 AR (Accelerated Reader) points this year.  The school offered discounted tickets to those parents who wished to join them on the trip to Holiday World.  My mom had never been so I picked her up and off we went.  I wasn’t aware until arriving at the park that I was to be in charge of 5 kids.  In fact, I thought I was going to be able to go and walk around leisurely and enjoy my day spending time with my child.  I had even packed up a cooler full of food and drinks to try to save some money.  Being responsible for those kids meant that I couldn’t leave the park so all that food went to waste.  I was a bit put out when I noticed that the other parents and teachers were only responsible for 2 or 3 kids AND usually it was their own children.  I won’t be doing that again.

I was completely worn out at the end of the day! I had forgotten that the school would be having their ‘Spring Fling’ on Friday.  And that I had volunteered to, well, volunteer.  I didn’t really mind too much.  I enjoy helping out at the school.  I ended up on popcorn popping duty.  I am now the world’s best popcorn popper after making that stuff from about 9am until 2pm.  Both the kids had a great time and I helped to raise money for the school!

I am happy to announce that this is the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL for my kids!  I will be so glad to get to sleep in next week.  I’m still searching for things to keep us busy though.  We went yesterday (Sunday) to check out some cabins with some friends.  We booked an ‘Amish Cabin’ at Jellystone Park!  I’ll make sure to not forget my pic-a-nick basket!

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