Monday, August 31, 2015
Hey, gals! Can you believe today is the last day of August?!? I'm so excited about how fast it went by! July was so dang slow, I thought summer would never end. Not normally a problem except for some reason I have been over summer since the beginning of July. August FLEW by and we are knocking on the door of Fall! The last week and a half we've been having Fall-like weather here in Iowa, it's been awesome! This week all that changes - schools will be dismissing early due to the heat, I'm sure. Not ours, though, we have air conditioning. Luckily, according to the 10 day forecast, this hot, humid SUMMER weather should only last for this week. Fingers crossed! I popped a Fall scent into my Scentsy burners on Friday and dang, did it smell good! Anxious for all that Fall brings.
This is a weekend rewind linkup but I don't really have much to report back from this weekend. And I definitely don't have any pictures to share from it, either. Andy finished out the trim on the boy's windows, I painted that trim plus painted Tate's dresser because it had gotten worn looking. When I put all of his clothes back in it I weeded out everything that was 18mo in size (insert sad face). Then I organized his closet a little since it's overflowing with the Princess's things. Feels good to do a little organizing every now and then, doesn't it?
Sunday morning I made up a couple lunches for the boys for the upcoming week. They eat school lunch one day a week, the rest of the week they take their lunches. They don't really love that, they'd both rather eat school lunch every day, which is awesome! But dang! It's too pricey for me! $3 each, every day, which totals $30 every week if they ate there every day. The meals are healthy and good but they are breaking my bank, so lunch from home it is. I made them homemade lunchables and grapes for one day. Another day they will take tortilla rollups, a small bag of chips, a fruit cup and a baggie of broccoli. Aiden's rollup has wing sauce (he's a nut!), turkey, lettuce and a slice of cheese in it. Bren's has ranch, turkey and cheese. He's the picky one. In the past I have cut them up after keeping them refrigerated overnight (helps them stay together better) so they look like pinwheels but this time I'm keeping them together because I wrapped them in that Saran Wrap that sticks to anything (genious!) and wrote a little 'Hi, Brennan', 'Hi, Aiden' on them. I would have kept going with the meals but I still had to get a roast going for Sunday Dinner, plus wash a million and one dishes (even though I said last week Andy's in charge of that now, I gave him a break and got them done myself). I was so wiped out after that I laid on the couch and wasted the rest of my Sunday morning away. :)
P.S. The roast was amazing! :)
Link up your weekend rewind, I'd love to read all about what you did, too!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I asked the boys some questions to help remember this time in their life. First up, Brennan's answer:
What are you most excited about in 1st grade? I know, rocket math! :)
What are you most scared about in 1st grade? Nothing really.
What do you want to be when you are older? Engineer
What is your favorite color? Red
Who are you most excited to see today? Chase
What is your favorite thing to eat for school lunch? Chips and salsa. Well, it's like a chili with chips, but we call it chips and salsa.
I love that Brennan said he is most excited about rocket math because that is seriously what he is most excited about! I'm not kidding! He's been talking about how excited he is about that since the last part of Kindergarten! Ha ha, silly kid! He cracks me up! The other thing he told me that he is so excited about? "Mom! This year we get to sit in desks instead of tables!!!" I love that he is excited about those little things because those were the things I was excited about, too! In 3rd grade we had desks that opened on the top instead of having a cubby under the seat - talk about cool! I was so stoked for those darn things!!! That was the only class in our elementary school that had those so it was a big deal!
What are you most excited about for 4th grade? Everybody's in one class. (not broken up in 2 like years past)
What are you most scared about in 4th grade? Nothing.
What do you want to be when you are older? A football player!
What is your favorite color? Green
Who are you most excited to see today? Conner
What is your favorite thing to eat for school lunch? Pizza!
All Aiden says is that he's excited to see his friends. He doesn't know much about the teacher's he's yet to have since he's the oldest kid in our family so each year is a big surprise to him. And to me, too. It's nice having a little heads up on what Brennan will be doing and bringing home since we've done that already. I already know he'll be having a lot of reading and journaling homework this year, but luckily Bren likes to read and write so I think he'll handle it just fine. Aiden, though, who knows what this year will bring in the homework department. He'll handle his just fine, too, but this will possibly be the first year of real homework so that will be knew for both of us. Time will tell! There's something so exciting about all of that!
This morning the boys were up bright and early. The first day is always so exciting! I was in the bathroom putting my makeup up when they popped their heads around the corner with big smiles on their faces, all dressed and ready to go! That was 6:45, ha ha! They hurried up and ate their breakfast, brushed their teeth, then had an hour to sit and wait. About 15 minutes later Bren tells me his tummy hurts. Darn nerves! They didn't last long, though! There was a lot of playing with Tate, I think they were both worried about leaving him and not getting to play with him all day long. Sweet boys.
We got to school just after 8:00 and walked Brennan to his classroom first. I took the obligatory 'desk' picture, then the boys looked at the job wall to see what Brennan would be doing first. He got 'paper passer' which he is very excited about!
Then we all walked down to Aiden's room. That was a long walk! He's clear at the opposite end of the building! We walked in at the same time as his teacher, Mrs. Draisey. She is very sweet, I already like her a lot. I told Aiden to find his desk so I could take his picture, then gave him a little pep talk/talking to (mind your manners, don't talk to your neighbor while doing work, have fun, be good, etc). He got a quick hug so I didn't embarrass him, then quickly left the room. Guys - he's in a big kid room this year! It's not cutesy little kid stuff anymore. It's learning, get down to business kind of stuff. That got to me more than anything else. That's what I called Andy crying about. Sniff sniff, he's a big kid now. :(
And now it's just me and Tate at home. I'm happy to get to spend so much time with him again. Since getting home from taking the boys to school I have been enjoying listening to his motor sounds he makes when playing with his tractors. We've snuggled on the couch (for about 10 seconds) and then he was off to play again. I'm glad I get my little buddy all to myself again and I'm glad the big boys get to be with their buddies again, learning all kinds of new things. School is so good for them, I'm lucky that they boy enjoy it.
Here's to a happy, fun, learning filled school year!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
It's been awhile since I've scared readers away with one of my random posts. Thought I'd work one up for you today. :)
First off - Bachelor in Paradise. I haven't watched a full season before because, until this year, I didn't have DVR so I could record the shows. They are way too grown up for my boys to be watching so I just sat those seasons out. Not this one though! And OH MY! Is this season bizarre! I love it!!! It's craziness like no other, totally makes me laugh! Except when Joe, the scumbag, is on. He is just disgusting to me. Not just the way he acts -- have you seen the way he kisses?? It's like it's his last meal and he's going to devour it! Ew!!! Less attacking of the other girl's mouth, please.
Today is our last day of summer vacation. I'm having bittersweet feelings about it. That part's nothing new. What is new is the reason why I'm feeling that way. This has been one of the most trying summers for me. I am going to chalk half of it up to pregnancy hormones. The other half, though, is I forgot one important thing. I read this somewhere once and whoever said it was so smart (and I have not been). "Remember, it's their day, too." I have been extremely selfish all summer and have not remembered this at all. Those two older boys have heard my yelling voice more than my fun, loving one. And I'm so sorry for that. Always "quiet down! Tate's sleeping!" Or, "stop running in the house!" "No more wrestling!" "Stop fighting!" Seriously, *I'm* sick of me! They are probably dying to get back to school just to get away from me. I feel so sad about all of it. There have been a few fun times for them, times that were just for them, but mostly I forgot that it was their summer vacation, not mine, and I should have tried harder and been less mean and hormonal.
Can I just say, the best song out this year HAS to be 'Wrecking Ball' by Eric Church. Holy moly, whew! That song does it for me! Eric Church can hit me with his wrecking ball any time he wants! Hey, Eric - let's knock some 'pitchers' off the wall! Ha ha! (Yes, I've told that to Andy, he knows. :) )
Have you heard about that poor meteorologist from Pennsylvania who is pregnant with twin girls? She has been getting deluged with hate mail and nasty grams because she is pregnant and on TV. Who the hell are these people??? I cannot understand how anyone can be so mean as to say such awful things to someone who is growing a little baby (or 2, in this case) inside of them! That she "looks like a sausage in casing" is just so wrong to say. Why? People, stop!!! What would your mom, dad, grandparent, child say if they knew you spoke to people like that? The anonymity of the internet is not a good thing these days. I am raising my boys to be kind to others and understanding of their differences. I think there are so many other mother's trying to do the same thing, so I just can't understand how there are so many people out there willing to blatantly hurt some stranger's feelings. Why is it your duty to try and humiliate them? Like she isn't having some of these same thoughts about herself anyway? It's part of pregnancy, looking in the mirror and thinking bad thoughts about how you look. Not just with that belly, but with everything - your hair, your face, how your ankles look, how big your thighs seem to have gotten, and on and on and on. The last thing someone needs is that outsider telling them they think you look horrible, like a 'sausage in casing'. Erg! Stop the madness (and meanness), people!!!
You guys, I cannot get enough of this awesome weather we are having! Low 70's, no humidity, a nice cool breeze blowing in the windows. Last night we had a low temp in the low 50's - talk about awesome sleeping weather! I only wish it was here to stay. Sounds like this weekend we'll be back in the 80's again. Not complaining, just ready for Fall. I keep telling myself 'it's still August' because I keep forgetting that fact. 6 days left in the month, then it's unofficially officially Fall. :) Hey, if I was that pretty pregnant meteorologist I'd be able to say it was Fall September 1st, right?!? They go by months, not dates, to set the starts and ends of seasons. So, September 1st will be Fall by their standards. A-ok with me!
Hope I didn't lose too many of you! Be back tomorrow with a First Day of School post! It'll be posted a little later so I can take their pictures outside and take them to their classrooms. See you then!
Monday, August 24, 2015
Hey, hey! How was everyone's weekend? We had a fairly quiet one, which is something rare for us as of late.
Friday late afternoon we made a run to Menards to grab the outlets, switches and cover plates for the bedrooms in the basement. We hit up everyone's favorite store, WalMart (gag), for a couple of supplies then made our way uptown where the college students were back after moving in all last week. We love going down there to see the hustle and bustle. It always makes me a little sad for the Freshmen and their parents - I'm sure the Freshmen are excited to be there but they have to have a little bit of homesickness kicking in. And you know the parents are back home worrying and wondering what their kids are up to, hoping and praying they don't get into any trouble of any kind. I already know I'll be a nervous wreck when we leave our kids at college.
We came back home and hung out here for the night. The garden was a mess so we dug and pulled the giant horse weeds that had taken over. The boys picked all of the Roma tomatoes that were on the vine and we pulled that plant because it was all done. Tate sat in the dirt and played.
Saturday morning we hit the ground running. First up, we went outside and sprayed weed and grass killer on the dirt patch where we dug the windows for the basement. The weeds really took off in that dirt patch so we had to kill them before we can seed with grass in about a month. While Andy did that the boys and I trimmed the raspberry canes that were growing through the fence into the neighbor's yard. Those things are super pokie and aren't any fun to mow by, so we snipped those back. Once Andy was done spraying we loaded the truck with those canes and the horse weeds from the night before and hauled them to the dump. We are very lucky to have a place just outside of town where we can haul and dump our yard waste.
After that we came back to the house to work in the basement. While Andy put in all the outlets, switches and plates the boys and I worked on washing everything down in the main room. The dust was super thick from all of the cuts Andy made down there on the 2x4's. We were lucky that the drywall dust was kept to a minimum since we used the low dust variety.
Andy got the suspended ceiling hung in Aiden's room. About 2/3 of his room's ceiling is drywall, but we need the rest to have suspended ceiling so we would have access to the pipes running through there if necessary. While he worked on that I painted the bathroom. We are hanging beadboard on the bottom section so it was pretty quick since I only had to paint halfway down the wall. Plus there isn't a ceiling in there because we'll be hanging a suspended ceiling in their, too, so nothing to trim around except the shower. It was a fast paint job!
After that we got showered and dressed to go to a surprise 40th birthday party for a sweet friend of ours. It was a fun party, held on the back patio of a local restaurant. Angie was very surprised - I think she knew something was going on but not to the extent that her husband pulled off. There were about 50 of us there! It was a gorgeous night to be sitting outside, too, so that made it an even better night out! The boys stayed with Andy's folks for a couple hours while we went to celebrate.
After we got home we put the boys to bed, then went back to the basement to finish the ceiling in Aiden's room and to put a second coat of paint on the bathroom walls. We were ready for bed that night!
Sunday morning we got up and got right to it. I made a batch of waffles for breakfast, we got that mess cleaned up, then it was time to hit the basement. We messed around in the basement for a bit then headed out for some errands. We ran out to my parent's house to drop a couple things off, chatted with them for a few minutes, then headed to town for a quick errand. After that we dropped a box off at my sister's for her to use to pack for their big move next month, then headed back home. After a quick lunch of tacos we started in on the basement again.
By days end we had cut and rehung the doors in the boys' rooms, cut and hung the storage room door, sanded and painted the trim, installed the knobs on the doors, cleaned up the bathroom and removed the plastic that was covering it when the drywall was being finished and started the finishing trim for the windows. A little fun was thrown in there, too. :)
To finish the day off we enjoyed our first 'fall' batch of chili! Sunday was a nice, cool, Fall-like day! Temps in the low 70's, a cool breeze - it was perfection! Glad I had that trim to paint in the garage so I could be outside enjoying some of it. There was a breeze blowing through the house all day, keeping it cool. Couldn't ask for a better day in late August!
Coming up this week: the boy's FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! They also have their first football game that night. It's going to be an exciting week for the boys! I can't believe we made it to the end of summer, I was questioning whether I'd survive a few times! I'll be bringing you the back to school post later this week!
Please link up your weekend rewind post!