Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I might be a blog slacker recently but I haven't been a slacker around here. This is what has been happening in the last few weeks that are keeping me busy:

Little S broke his elbow.

I started a new job.

My grandma unexpectedly stops for a short visit.

Band and fall soccer are in full swing.

High school football starts this weekend.

The boyz started school yesterday.

I have a senior in high school.

I am not dealing well with that last statement.

Tomorrow is September 1st and I plan on getting this ol' blog thing going again. I've made some notes over the past few weeks so there is plenty to blog about.

See you soon.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Empty Nest

For the second time this summer I have had an almost empty nest here. Sunday Teen & Tween left for band camp.

(Go ahead I'll wait for the jokes and laughs to stop) hmmmm......laaaa.....laaa...la

Done? No? One more, ok. Finished? Good, on with the story.

I had an interview last week and new as soon as I scheduled it that I would get the position. Want to know how I knew? See hubby first didn't have enough PTO time saved up to schedule vacation time and then when he did his co-worker had time scheduled. So hubby finally found a few days that he could take off next week. Sure enough I was offered the position. There fore I had to start work Tuesday.

What does this have to do with band camp? Well since Teen and Tween were both going to be away and Hubby and I are both working, I had to find something to do with Little S for the week. This is where I then proceeded to call in favors <--- Read "beg people to watch Little S for the day".

So Little S ended up staying over night at Grandma Retta's Monday night and I picked him up at her place after work and took him straight to the soccer field. After soccer he came home, showered and packed his stuff to go stay at my friend Kandy's house Tuesday night. After work Wednesday Hubby picked Little S up and brought him home to eat dinner and pack his stuff so he could go home with my friend Heidi after church Wednesday evening.

So by Wednesday evening I hadn't seen or heard from the older too since Sunday when they boarded the bus and I saw Little S for approx one hour each day after work. Wednesday evening my sister called and Laurel called and I was beside myself. Not only was I tired from getting up early and all of the running around, I was seriously missing my kids. Like on the verge of tears, don't look at me the wrong way or talk to me for fear I would start crying and not stop type of mood.

I have no idea what I am going to do when they all do grow up and move away. Teen is seriously considering a college in Florida. However they do have an online program of study so that might be an option for him.

If yours have left home already, how did you do it?


ps - you can share some of those band camp jokes now....i could use the laugh ;)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back to Normal

Well it isn't quiet around here any more...lol The troops are all home and making noise. We weren't all together for 24 hours and the arguing began...lol But that's how it always is, right?

I finished reading 'One For The Money' Friday and put the next book in the series 'Two For The Dough' on request from the library. It is due back to them on Tuesday. I sure hope it makes it there, I'm not sure I can wait much longer to start reading it.

At the beginning of the summer I took the boyz to one of the local libraries and got them each their own library card as well as one for myself. I'm not sure why I didn't do this sooner. It cost $20 for the family for the year and I have saved way more that that in the first week.

Little S joined the kids summer reading program and had a blast. Each week he would read a book and then the librarian would sit down with him and ask him questions about it. After they went over the book, they got to do an activity or make a craft. There were also several drawings throughout the whole program. He won twice. Once was an electronic toothbrush and the other was sea monkeys.

I was going to join the adult summer reading program, but I didn't like the requirements. If you signed up you had to read through the Dewey Decimal System. One book from each category. I am definitely not into several of those sections so I just chose to read the books I wanted instead of stressing about 'having' to read something.

A few years ago I had the older two boyz do the whole Flat Stanley project for the summer and they had a blast. I think I may have Little S do that again next year now that he is old enough to understand the map and such.

Do you do anything educational with your kids in the summer or just let them be kids?