Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, Let's Random!

Whoop!  Made it to Tuesday!  Now one more day and it's vacation time.  Or mini vacation time.  Whatever, we are leaving town.
But before that, let's have some random shall we?
  • Last night, Nick put the pedals back on Bruiser's bike.  He had been using it as a push/balance bike and was great at coasting.  So, we figured it was time to let him try out pedaling.
  • He managed to do pretty good.  He still needs to practice getting all the elements together at the same time, but he can ride a bike.
  • Turbo has orientation today. He's going to 6th grade and it will be at the middle school.  Lockers, different class rooms, different teachers, all that jazz. He's excited.  I more where did my baby go?
  • This is so true:

  •  Thullee loves the toys we bring home for him, however, he does tend to tear the stuffing out of them on a regular basis.  Or he has figured out the fun of playing this:

  • I may be a bit more outdoorsy than this, but it a place to start:
  • I hate it when shoes give me blisters.  It's been a really long time since I got blisters, but I now have three on my right heel.  And I really like those shoes too...
So that's my random. Be sure to link up your random with Stacy! She who is now Random Queen, or our fearless leader of the random!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ups and Downs and MMMM

This last weekend had it's highs and lows.
Friday we put in a new dishwasher.  It's a fancy one--at least for me.  It washes well and looks pretty nice.
All the controls are on the top of the door so you don't see them when it's closed.  And it's so very quiet. Not intrusive like the old one.
Nick graduated from Leadership Academy here at the university we work at.  It was about leadership in the workplace and it taught Nick a whole lot about being a boss and advocating for himself. He really got a lot out of it , but was glad to see it be over.
He got a nice plaque out of it too:
I hit the thrift stores with my mom and the boys on Saturday.  We did well.  The boys are pretty well outfitted for the year.  There will be snow boots to get and a coat for Turbo and possibly some socks for Bruiser, but for now school shopping is almost done.  Turbo has his orientation tomorrow for middle school and we hopefully will get a materials list so we know what he will need. Mostly the unfun things like notebooks, folders, paper and binders. He has pencils and such that he likes to use.

We had friends over Saturday night for Shish Kabobs:
After feeding the kids their kabobs, we put together a bunch of kabobs and the nafter they were cooked ate off a communal plate.  A sort of eat what you want general plate.  It kept the dishes down and was lots of fun.
Sunday was less busy.  We took the dogs for a walk along the river.  Thullee got thoroughly wet and had a ball running in the water.
The rest of Sunday was very low key.  Naps, Chinese delivery and general laziness ruled.  Although I did get laundry accomplished.  Mostly.  I still have towels in the dryer and a basket of clothes that need putting away.  I'm calling it done enough.
The lows were Nick dad.  He had knee surgery the beginning of August and now is back in the hospital with blood clots and pain.   Nick spent a lot of time with his mom at the hospital on Saturday.
On Sunday, during the adventure walking the dogs, Thullee whipped the leash out of my hand and gave me some rope burns--tore the skin on my ring finger right above the knuckle inside my hand.  Made it less than fun to finish the walk and do much of anything the rest of the day. 

And now for MMMM.  Freebie week so let's see:
Billy Joel: Only the Good Die Young

Tracy Lawrence If the Good Die Young:

Kenny Chesney, I Go Back:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday 5

Time for 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the last week:

Emmy Mom

5 thoughts:
  1. We have just over a week until school starts.  Time has been whizzing by so quickly!  Tomorrow we will be wrapping up school shopping for the boys.  How has it come up so fast?
  2. And we have dishwasher issues again.  The slightly used dishwasher we got from friends has developed a leak.  We will be checking to see if it's fixable this afternoon.  If not, new dishwasher bound we will be...
  3. Next week we are giving summer it's last hurrah!  Off to the Black Hill to take in the sights and experience tourist crowd and have some fun with the boys. Since we will be luxury camping--electricity, water and bathrooms (flush toilets and showers, yippee!), but sleeping in our pop-up, I'm excited about it.
  4. I have discovered that artificial sweeteners give me migraines.  Well, if I have a lot all at once. So only the occasional regular soda and much more water for me.
  5. I went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning yesterday.  Sadly I have a cavity.  I hate the dentist. Necessary evil, I guess.
5 pictures:
New furniture in our living room.

Love my new chair, but I need a footstool.

On the new stuff I'm able to snuggle with my boys.

Guinness did great on our small hike in the mountains last weekend.

Thullee loved rock hopping around the lake.
 Join up with Emmy Mom and do a Friday 5 of your own.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spin Cycle--Summer Vacation

Summer vacation.  Ours is drawing to a close for the boys.  We have had fun this year and we are looking forward to sending out the summer with a bang next week. See, we are taking the boys to the Black Hills.  We will be staying at a campground outside of Custer, South Dakota.  Beaver Lake Campground to be exact.
This will be our first experience at a campground that is not national forest.  I'm looking forward to having access to a shower and we are looking forward to having electricity too.  The Black Hills are always fun, but this will be our first trip with the boys for multiple days in the summer.  More crowds, more activities.
But for the rest of summer vacation, the boys have been at turns busy and not so busy.  Here are some highlights:
Ripley's Believe it or not dinosaur fossil cabin.

Big Horn Mountains.

Dinosaur museum Thermopolis, WY

Dino museum

4th Camping.

Sticks in the fire.

Sprinkler playing

Bull Riding

Still happy.

Ferris Wheel with Turbo.

Kayak playing.

Lake fun.

River fun.

Mountain lake fun.
 Truly, it has been a full, fun summer so far.  We have a week to go and we plan on making the most of it. Black Hills here we come.
Put your spin on Summer Vacation and join Gretchen and Ginny Marie, they would love to have you!

Second Blooming

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hodgepodge Wednseday

It's a middle of the week sort of day.  Nick's at a conference and I'm soloing it with the boys.  So far, so good there.  Now let's get to the question and answer part of the day:

1. The best part of waking up is____________________________________. My quiet time.  I get about a half hour to 45 minutes all to myself in the morning.  Time to read, check Facebook, do dishes, just zone if needed.  I really like having some me time in the morning.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?  I'd take the swimming with the dolphins.  I want to go to the Keys and swimming with dolphins sounds like fun.

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to? Fear: The infirmities of the body.  Not being able to do the things I want to do due to limits my own body makes.  Look forward to: getting to travel around this great country of ours--Nick and I want to take some road trips.

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot? I like some hot sauce--namely Franks hot sauce.  I will add it to pizza, chicken wings and Jambalaya on occasion.  I prefer a middling hot--about 4-5.

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house? Be honest, have fun, but keep it within reason, enjoy life, but take responsibility.  Do a good job the first time. Manners matter.

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title? The Fifth Element.  It's a cheesy sci-fi movie with Bruce Willis, but it a ton of fun and we watch it regularly.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here. I'm so bad with jokes.  Let's see...Yep, terrible at remembering jokes so I'll just let this guy tell you one

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Today I'm annoyed.  Annoyed at Facebook for screwing around with the messenger part of Facebook.  Just the mobile part really.  I hate that they are requiring me to download a completely different ap just to see a message someone sends me on Facebook.  True I don't use Facebook messenger all that often, but it does get used. I hate having to have a whole other ap just because Facebook says so.  I have text on my phone why use something else there?  Just bugs me that Facebook is forcing me to have something I hardly use take up space on my phone. Sorry for the rant, but ugh.  Stupid Facebook.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Oh! Random!

So we got through Monday (not that it was that bad) and are now safely into Tuesday.
Tuesday means random, so here we go:
  • Sleep has once again become elusive.  I don't have ADHD, but is there such a thing as sleep ADHD?
  • So sad to hear about Robin Williams dying.  He was such a fantastic comedian and actor. I remember introducing several friends to his stand-up comedy.  They knew him only from his family movies and were shocked at the language he used in his routines.  They could hardly believe it was Robin Williams. He will be missed.
  • School shopping this weekend.  I can only hope I find some great deals for my kiddos.  Thrift store shopping expert here. I think I have a pretty good list of the things I need to look for. After the thrift stores Target should be able to fill in the rest. The boys have two weeks til school starts. We all need to stop blinking!
Well that about covers my random--Be sure to link up your random with Stacy! She who is now Random Queen, or our fearless leader of the random!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Good One and MMMM

We had a really good weekend.  While I'm not thrilled with it being Monday, I can say that I'm OK with going back to work.  I truly feel we had a weekend.  Having three days will do that for you.
Our weekend started early because we took Friday off for our anniversary. The boys spent the night with my mom and we made steaks on the grill and had a good time together.

Saturday we got invited up to some friends of ours cabin. We have been invited before, but the timing has never been right for us to meet up.  When they invited us for this weekend we were thrilled to be able to join them for the day.
Much fun was had:
THe one picture of all the kids looking my way at the same time.

Guinness had a good time too.

Rock hopping around a lake.

Look at me!

Thullee had a wonderful time too!

Quadruple Marshmallow S'more
In the last picture of Bruiser, you can kind of see his war wound.  He lost a battle with a set of stairs adn banged the bridge of his nose, resulting in an instant bruise.  The poor kid is going to hate the sound of the word cabin if we aren't careful.  He has hurt himself at each cabin we have taken him too.  Bubble wrap is looking more and more attractive.
Sunday was a quiet day around our place--naps were had, beer was brewed, Turbo went to see Guardians of the Galaxy. A good relaxing day.  If only all weekend could be three days long.

Now on to MMMM.  This week's theme is #1 hits from teh rock and roll era.
I choose 1988 to pick my songs from.  I was a freshman in high school and just getting into music of my own--not mom's music from the 60s.
Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine: Number one for two weeks in September of 1988.

Def Leppard Love Bites: Number one for 1 week October of 1988.

Bon Jovi Bad Medicine: Number one for 2 weeks in November of 1988.

Gotta love rock and roll!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sweet 16

16 years.  Nick and I have been married for 16 years tomorrow. College sweethearts made good.
Christmas 1993

Honeymoon, 1998

Date night, 2006
On the river, 2013

On the river, 2013
 We have had some great times, some less then great times, but we are still going strong.  I love that man more every day.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Keying it Up

 Grab the questions and join in!

1. What would you say is the key to success? Persistence and loving what you do.

2. Have you ever been to the Florida Keys? Any desire to visit that part of the US of A? I have not been to the Keys, but would love to go visit.  Nick was in Key Largo for research on his masters thesis and he really wants to take us there with him one day.

3. When and where did you last see a real live donkey? Monkey? Turkey? There is a llama farm by the interstate in our town.  They have donkeys with the llamas. The last Monkey I saw was at the zoo last year with Turbo for his birthday. Turkey--the last live one I saw was a few years ago and it was a wild one at a game preserve.

4. An old Portuguese proverb says, 'Beware of the door with too many keys.' What do you think this means? Share an example of how this has proven true or false in your own life. Don't trust anything that is over complicated.  Or don't trust something that isn't obvious.  I worked with a girl who was a young single mother and she spent a lot of time pulling the poor me card and making the boss feel sorry for her while she took outrageous advantage of that sympathy.  She seemed simple but was far more complex and devious that you would have thought from first glance.

5. Besides your home, vehicle, and special jewelry, what is something you keep under lock and key? My bicycle.  It's transportation when the weather permits and since we live in a college town, it gets locked up to bike racks.

6. When did you last get keyed up about something? Last night.  My hubby and I are discussing a sift in the sleeping arrangements of the boys.  We want the same ultimate result, but our time tables for accomplishing it are vastly different. The discussion last night was lively.

7. Who thinks we need an easy one right about now?  Key lime pie...yes please or no thank you? I like the tart sweetness of Key Lime Pie, so yes, please.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  Even though it's summer and warm out, my morning chai tastes and feels really good.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Let's Get Random

Oh Tuesday, so far you have masqueraded as a Monday.  Please stop.
On to the random:
  • Nick was a busy guy yesterday.  His dad had knee surgery and he wanted to be available for his mom, so he took a personal day and because he can't sit still he made a new deck for us in our front yard:
From this...

...to this!

  •  It's by our front door and tucked behind a boxelder tree and a planter.  It's an area that's shady most of the time and was relatively unused, so now it looks so much better and we just need nice chairs to sit on there.  I'm thinking it needs a couple Adirondack chairs...
  • I have two and half more weeks with kids at home.  Only two and half weeks to figure out kiddo care.  Then it's off to school for both off them.
  • Turbo had his sports physical yesterday.  Poor kid had to get two shots. But he's good to go for swimming and track this year.
  • I am daily amazed at the words that flow from Bruiser's mouth. He can talk constantly. And about absolutely nothing. It really is impressive sometimes.  Other times I just want him to put a sock in it. I love him, but I wish he was quieter.
  • This joke gets a lot of mileage at our house:

  •  Then there's this:

  •  And this could be my new motto:

  • Nick and I have an anniversary coming up--our 16th on Friday to be exact.  How have 16 years gone by since we were looking so fresh faced into the future?  More on that later.
Anyway have a great Tuesday. It can only go up from here, right?
Be sure to link up your random with Stacy! She who is now Random Queen, or our fearless leader of the random!


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