Friday, May 29, 2015

Not Excited About Summer

School is almost out and while I'm excited to no longer have to rush around every morning like a chicken with my head cut off in an attempt to get not only myself ready for work but both girls fed, ready for school and to the bus stop on time with all the proper homework/permission slips/lunches/projects and whatnot, I am also sad that they will have to spend all day every day with a babysitter (with a few exceptions, of course), awesome as she is.  It makes me sad that I won't be able to take them on outings to a lake or beach or berry picking or anything.  And the babysitter doesn't have her own car so she can't do those things with them either.  They will spend their summer playing in the backyard, at neighbors' and the park down the street.

There's still weekends, of course, so we can do some of those things then but we'll have to put up with the crowds.  And they will have camps, one week of a Girl Scout camp and one week of a YMCA camp (just day camps, not overnight), and a week at Crescent Bar with Grandma and Grandpa and our family vacation to Colorado to visit Paul's sister.  But when I think about all the fun things we used to do in the summer it makes me really sad.  I miss those carefree days of doing whatever we want.

Being in my first year at my job I only have 2 weeks of PTO (paid time off).  Everything I've accrued thus far I need for our Colorado trip, then I won't really be able to use anymore until after school starts.  Next year I should be able to take more time off and do some of those fun things.  Can't wait!

Stuff I'll miss this summer:

Going to lakes

Picnics in the park

The beach, except we'll still have that at Crescent Bar

Splash park

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Most of our Mother's Days are spent with Paul's parents or my mom, but this year his parents were (still are) on a cruise and we are seeing my mom this weekend, so it was just the 4 of us.
 
It started out great.  Olivia came in a woke me up (Paul was already long since up) to give me her present.  It was a little book they made in school called, "If You Give a Mom a Muffin" and of course it came with a muffin and coffee (a packet of instant coffee that Paul helped them make).  Kayley gave me the same thing, of course, except she ate the muffin herself on Friday, as per the story (the story had the mom discover at the end that her child had eaten her muffin).  They also had made me cards and it was all really great and special.
 
We had brunch reservations at 11:30 which would have meant that we could have gone to church at 9:30, but I didn't get up until 8:00 and by the time we did the gifts it was too late, so we skipped and took our time getting ready for brunch.  Right before we left Olivia started having a fit about her hair.  She got a haircut the day before, just a trim, and she suddenly felt it was too short, and hated it, although you totally couldn't even tell it was any shorter.  She had a complete meltdown out of the blue.
 
The restaurant was busy, of course, and even though we had a reservation we still had to wait a bit so of course they whined about that, and granted it was almost noon by now and all they had had up until now was a little bit of smoothie.  We finally got our food but the girls didn't care for theirs too much so they whined about that.
 
We went home to change and then went to Snoqualmie Falls.  I'd never hiked to the bottom before so I wanted to do that.  They liked it ok but Kayley whined a lot coming back up (steep hill and all).
 
The rest of the day was pretty good but they both were pretty whiny the whole day.  I don't know what they're problem was, just tired I guess.  It was still a fun day.
 
The cinnamon-pecan roll we shared at brunch
 
Beautiful Snoqualmie Falls
 
Selfie with Olivia