Thursday, August 31, 2017

First Day of 4th Grade

By some miracle I have a few extra minutes this morning to whip out a quick post.  Yesterday was the first day of school.  It went really well.  We made lunches the night before and the girls picked out their outfits and laid them out.  Olivia wanted her hair French braided and I don't really know how (I think I could remember if I had plenty of time) so I asked one of their friend's mom who is 3 doors down from us and she was happy to do it and they got up early enough to have plenty of time and all that.

I dropped them off about as early as I could (8:45) because I had a 9:30 meeting to get to, and that went super easy and I made it to work with about 10 minutes to spare.

Kayley has been straightening her hair a lot lately and I love it (but I love her curls, too)

Olivia had a mint in her mouth, thus the weird expression

Friday, August 25, 2017

Summer Break: Week 10

This was the last full week of summer break.  So bittersweet.  I look forward to not having to worry about sitters (except for early dismissal Fridays but that will be easy, especially once my work location moves) and just being on a normal schedule, but I dread the craziness and having to make lunches every night (although they can totally help now).

I took Monday off and took the girls to the neighbor's eclipse viewing party.

Reflection through the trees

All the kids with their glasses on

After that I took them out to lunch at Subway and then we went shopping for school supplies.  When we got home they sorted them into their individual piles.


Olivia's and a few things for both classes, like tissue

Tuesday through Thursday we had a back up babysitter, because our summer nanny is back at college (and Paul was off the last two weeks so we didn't need one until Tuesday).

Today (Friday) was our sort-of annual Nelson Family Day of Fun.  Paul and I both had the day off so we went to Seattle to finally ride Wings over Washington, which is like Soarin' over California at Disney's California Adventure, but all Washington scenery, obviously.

We also checked out the infamous "Gum Wall", which, surprisingly, I had never been to in all of my years living in the Seattle area and hanging out in areas nearby.


Proposed Schedule

School starts next week and it has a new start time, so I’m in the process of figuring out our new schedule.  Last year school started at 8:35.  I could drop off the girls as early as 8:15 which allowed me to get to work by 9:00, but now school isn’t going to start until 9:05, which means I can’t drop off until 8:45, which means I won’t get to work until 9:30ish, and won’t get home until 6:45ish.  That sucks.  6:15 to 6:30 was already way too late.  But soon my work group will be moving to a new location 5 minutes from home (AHHHH!!!! I’m SO excited!  More on the that in a future post) so then I’ll be able to start work at 9:00 and end at 5:30 and be home by 5:35 or 5:40 (unless I walk, and then I’ll be home by 6:00ish.  Still way better).  But in the meantime, here is our proposed schedule:

7:00-8:00 – I get up and get ready
8:00 – Get the girls up, they get ready, eat breakfast
8:40 – Leave
8:45 – Drop off at school
9:30 - Arrive at work
6:00 – Leave work L
6:45ish – Get home LL
6:45 – 9:00? – Eat, clean up, make lunches, next day prep, help with homework if not already done and facilitate showers/bed time routine and nightly reading
9:00-9:30 – bedtime for girls, or at least the cut-off where they have to be in their rooms and quiet and leave me alone :)
9:30 or 10:00 - 10:30 or 11:00 – “Me” time, and hopefully all of the above will already be done but I know it won’t always be. Last year, even with the slightly earlier schedule I sometimes wasn’t “done” until 10.

They will have soccer practice on Mondays and Wednesdays (through mid-November), so on those days they will have dinner around 5:00 and leave around 5:50 for soccer.  Sometimes I will go straight there after work and pick them up and then go home and eat dinner and other times I will go straight home and eat dinner while sending Paul to pick them up.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer Break: Week 9 and the Most Inefficient Way to School Shop

Well, not a whole lot to report this week.  Paul was off this week so he got to do some fun stuff with the girls. Monday they went shopping for all of their soccer gear, one day they were running around trying to find eclipse glasses and ended up visting his work since they were in the area, they went to lunch at Chick-fil-a for the first time (we've had it for a few years but it's not super close so they've never been.  It's close to my work so I was able to go once and frankly, I can take or leave it), they checked out the humane society for a dog but didn't find one, and Friday they went to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.  They mainly wanted to try the zip line that we didn't do the last time we were there, but I guess they weren't too impressed with the one that they were able to do (there is a bigger one for people 18 and over).  They still had fun, though, and got to see lots of cool animals.

Then, over the weekend, I took the girls school shopping.  A few years ago I decided that it would be much easier to take the girl shopping for school clothes one at a time and still shop for supplies together, or preferably, just me without them.  But of course, they want to pick out everything.  So we did that the last few years and it worked out ok, but this year for some reason it was crazy.  Last weekend, Paul took Olivia somewhere, and while they were gone Kayley and I sat down and shopped for clothes online at Old Navy.  We found a bunch of stuff she liked, which was great because up until a few weeks ago she would shop nowhere but Justice.  Now all of a sudden she doesn't like Justice anymore but she also doesn't like Target, Children's Place, Macy's or Kohl's so I didn't know what I was going to do but she agreed to look at Old Navy and she actually liked a bunch of stuff.  We'll see when it gets here if she still likes it.

Anyway, so she was mostly done (yay!), and then yesterday Paul took her hiking with some friends and I took Olivia shopping for her clothes (Justice, Target and the Gap outlet.  Oh, and Claire's for earrings).  It would have been nice to buy supplies at the same time, but Kayley wasn't with us and I want to get everything all at once.  Then, today Kayley really wanted to go shopping with me.  I thought I was done with her, at least for now until the weather gets colder, but no, she still wanted to go shopping because I took Olivia yesterday.  So today I took her to all the same places I took Olivia yesterday, almost.  Target (more for stuff for her room), Gap (just a sweatshirt) and Claire's (and a few other places at the outlet mall but didn't find what she wanted).  And now tomorrow (I took the day off to take them to the neighbors eclipse viewing party), I will take them both shopping for supplies.  Grrrr.  That's ok, though, because it was so crazy at Target today, shopping for supplies there tomorrow will be much better.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Summer Break: Week 8

I was family-less last week!  Paul was on PTO and is again this week, and I'm not, so he took the girls (and at the last minute, their friend) to Crescent Bar.  I was really looking forward to having some alone time to work on all the projects I never have time for.  Unfortunately, between working, errands and chores like watering plants, cleaning the litter box, etc, I STILL didn't have much time for anything else.  I managed a blog post on Monday, and some consignment sale  prep on Tuesday but that's about it.  I really wanted to do some scrapbooking and some organizing but it just didn't happen.  But it was nice having the house to myself all week, and having it still be clean when I got home from work everyday!

Friday after work I packed up and joined them at Crescent Bar.

Some other friends went over on Thursday and stayed until today at the campground across the street.  We all went in together to rent a pontoon boat for the afternoon.  We went the "the Dune", a big sandbar that is a popular hangout spot for Crescent Bar vacationers.  Then we did some tubing.  Really fun.

Today we came home and now we're watching the first Seahawk pre-season game, which they are winning, 41-17 at the moment.  Whoo-hoo!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Break: Week 7

Last week was very uneventful.  It was our nanny's last week with us before heading back to school.  She took them swimming a few times and out to frozen yogurt.

Te Sunday before last we went out to dinner with our friends John and Laura and their daughter Lindsay, who is a year and a half older than the girls.  We hatched a genius plan for this last weekend and it was executed brilliantly.

On Saturday we met on Mercer Island to watch the Blue Angels (part of Seattle's annual Seafair festival).  Then we brought Lindsay home with us for a sleepover, allowing John and Laura to have a date night.  They were going to camp out in the back yard in a tent, but after Paul going through the trouble of putting it up, they decided not to after all!

Then, on Sunday, John and Laura came to get all 3 and take them home for a sleepover at their place, allowing Paul and I to have a date night as well.  Win-win!

For our date, Paul and I went to the movie Dunkirk.  We had heard great things about it but it was just ehhh for us.  But that was the second movie we've seen in theaters in less than 3 months!  That's a record (since the girls were born).  Then we went to dinner at Agave on their outdoor patio.  Paul is off the next two weeks, so them having a sleepover on a Sunday was ok since he was home today and could go pick them up.  Then he was taking them to Crescent Bar for the week but they ended up taking Lindsay too.  I have to work this week so I will join them on Friday night, but in the meantime I have the house to myself for 4 nights!  I can do whatever I want once I'm home from work every day!  Too bad I have to work.  It would be awesome to have a few full days to work on all my projects I never have time for, but oh well, I'll take what I can get.

The Blue Angels thing used to be a tradition for us and John/Laura/Lindsay before I was working and could go on Friday when it's less crowded (although I'm not sure if it really is less crowded or not).  But this was the first time I've been since I started working.  Instead I can sometimes watch from the rooftop of my office building but it's not a very good view.





This is the I-90 floating bridge between Mercer Island and Seattle that they close down for the show.  It's pretty to cool to walk out on a big freeway to watch the show.

So now we are in week 8, and only have 23 days until school starts.  It goes so fast!