Thursday, July 31, 2008


T Minus 13 days until school starts. We're ready! Uniforms have been purchased, school supplies will be shortly....the summer is wearing on us and it's too hot! Carter is ready to be a 2nd grader and has saved $1 from his allowance to buy a Smencil, the most valuable commodity at his school. I'm instantly reminded of "warm fuzzies" when he speaks of such.

Love that Wikipedia knew what I was talking about:

Remember, Monica? She and I were dilligent about finishing our work quickly in order to create and maintain very carefully crafted homes made of crayon boxes. Of course, spreading glue on a ruler, letting it dry, and then cutting fake fingernails out of it took first priority, but we were good to our critters, too.

Wow....we were strange kids. Moving on....

We've had a great summer...which will likely be our most challenging due to Lainey and Jack being so close in age, yet so far away in daily routine. I've managed to keep them on the same nap schedule, which is nice. But, entertaining 3 kids with such different interests has been difficult!

We'll end the summer next weekend with a trip into the mountains. Rented a cabin in Estes Park and will enjoy the cool mountain temps, some fishing, hiking, shopping downtown and whatever else the area allows.

Carter starts tackle football soon, as well. He and Blake will go to his first equipment fitting tomorrow night. Couldn't be more excited about it. Him - not me. I'd eliminate tackle football from his sports line up all together if I were permitted to do so. Don't stand a chance, though.

Blake considered applying for a lateral move to Seattle....which I held mixed feelings about (LOVE Colorado, but always up for a relocation). He never did pursue it, however. Colorado is home again.

My transition into working 2 days a week was a quick and easy one - because I'm not working anymore. I clocked 24 hours in 2 weeks and then realized it wasn't going to work out. I'd still like to find something to do here and there, but no immediate rush.

Jack is talking up a storm. New words include..."shore!" a reply to an offer for food....instead of "sure". He called me "Mom" for the first time a few weeks ago and after waiting over 2 years to hear it, I was thrilled. Still loving the Choo Choos. Doubt that passion will ever fade.

Lainey turns 1 year old in 6 weeks and I simply can't believe it. I'm usually annoyed when this logic is used, but her first year really has gone by quickly. She's taken one step thus far and the rest will follow soon it seems. Lots of kisses and waving "bye bye" and of course, she can say "Man" for Batman. We know who rules this house.

Dilligently planning for Disney....searching for hotels....making arrangements for lots of activities and now an extended stay at the beach mid-way through our trip. Although I could likely be happy pitching a tent and sleeping right there next to the castle, I believe the break will be nice from theme parks and will allow us to avoid the weekenders.

That's about it from this group. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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