Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Break: Week 4

It's been a crazy week of appointments and trip prep.  On Monday the nanny took the girls to the pool at the golf club where she has a membership.  That was a special treat because we are not nor is anyone we know (except, now, her) members and have never been.  Then today I had to get the girls up super early, 6:50, for a 7:30 orthodontist appointment (Kayley got her expander off (yay!) and Olivia just for an initial exam).  I was dreading it because they normally sleep until at least 9:00 now that they are on summer vacation and getting them up early can be difficult, plus I got a late start to work so I had to stay later so I can be sure to get done what I need to get done before we leave on vacation FRIDAY!  And since the housekeeper was coming at 9:00, right after we got back from the orthodontist, and they had to get out of the house anyway, the nanny took them to Starbucks for breakfast.  Lucky them.

Today I had to drop my car off at the dealers and take their shuttle to work and back again.  Then I had to get a rental car (from the dealer and they didn't charge me--for some reason they don't do loaner cars at this place.  Bummer.) and show proof of insurance and noticed that my insurance ID card expired TODAY, so I had to call Paul and have him snap a photo of the new one and text it to me to give the rental agent.  It's just been a weird week, but now I have tomorrow off to finish packing, get pedicures and buy any last minute items like a sim card for my waterproof camera and magazines to read on the plane, oh, and return the rental car/pick up my car.

And as an added bonus, the girls went to a friend's for a sleepover, so I get some precious, rare alone time tonight (Paul still has to work tomorrow so he's gone to bed already) and tomorrow morning.  So, I'm already super excited for our trip, and now I'm excited to sleep in and relax with a cup of coffee in the morning with no one to bug me.  Yes!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Break: Week 3

Week 3 started out at Crescent Bar where we spent the weekend before the 4th.  We were just cleaning the condo and washing all the towels and linens before heading home, however, so not really enjoying the pool or river and whatnot.  We stopped at an old-fashioned drive-in for burgers and shakes on our way home.  I have fond memories of making such stops on camping trips with my family growing up, so once in awhile I try to recreate some of that for the girls, but turns out no one (except me) really cared for the food there so I guess we'll come up with some other tradition.

The next day was the 4th, and we went to a friend’s for a barbeque and fireworks and then to the big community fireworks show after that.

The girls were having a blast (literally, ha ha) shooting them off themselves this year, with plenty of adult supervision

playing with kinetic sand before doing fireworks


their poor dog hid out in the bathroom :(

Our view while waiting for the fireworks to start

Wednesday it was back to work for Paul and I.

Thursday Olivia had a doctor's appointment in the next town over from us just late enough for Paul to get there in time after work but not to be able to come home first, so the babysitter had to drive them there and meet him.  But first they went out to lunch at a nearby Thai restaurant and then to Cold Stone for dessert.  It's so nice having a sitter with her own car that can take them places.  I don't have to feel quite as bad for having to leave them with one all day, every day,

This evening (Friday) the girls went to a birthday party.  They were supposed to be gone until 9:00 but came home early because they have already seen the movie (Moana) that the host is showing.  Whatever, and darn.  I was enjoying a nice, quiet evening.  Oh well.  I'm going to start packing for our cruise tonight!  We don't leave for another week but I don't want to leave it until the last minute so I'm going to start now with things I know I won't need in the meantime, like swimsuits and certain clothing items.  Yay!  I'm so excited!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Break: Week 2

Trying to play catch-up here.  Things got really busy once school got out.

The girls had Camp Invention last week.  I was right back to making lunches every night and getting all 3 of us up and ready in the mornings after a short break last week.  Back to not being "done" every night until 10:00.  Ugh.  Glad it's over.  I didn't take any pictures of any of it, either.

Camp Invention is really cool.  Every kid brings some sort of old electronic device that they can take apart.  I just went to Value Village and bought a couple cheap clock radios.  During the camp the take it apart and use the various parts to make other things, I guess.  They also bring a bunch of "upcycle items" to make stuff with, which can be anything like string, craft paper, buttons, straws, etc.  They also learn about famous inventors.

On the last day of camp, they had a "showcase" for the parents the last hour, where the parents get to walk around and see what all they did.  I left work early so I could go to that, and then we came home and finished packing for our first Crescent Bar trip of the summer.

We left Friday afternoon for Crescent Bar and came home yesterday.  Paul's parents were supposed to be there but his mom suffered a minor break in her leg so they didn't make the trip, so we last minute invited some friends to come.  They came on Saturday and stayed just one night, leaving Sunday.  It was a really fun trip.  They have done a lot of improvements at Crescent Bar, like adding some paved walking trails and more parks and picnic areas and a new playground, so it was great to explore all that.  Crescent Bar did their big fireworks last night and normally we would have stayed for that and came home today but our neighborhood has started doing their own big fireworks show every year (this will be the 2nd year), plus some friends of ours always have people over and our neighborhood always has a thing earlier in the day with bouncy houses, face painting and pony rides so we'll probably go to that.

The girls' friend Lindsay in the middle

A healthy breakfast of doughnuts (and cherries)

Kayley and Lindsay playing "chicken"

Monday, July 3, 2017

Music Monday

Well, I missed last week but I'm back today with songs chosen in honor of the 4th of July.  One of my all time favorites songs ever is "America" by my birthday twin, Neil Diamond.  And I couldn't resist Katy Perry's "Firework" which I've always loved and then I included Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" which I had heard of but didn't really know.  Happy Independence Day!