What’s Going On?

Elizabeth, Family 2 Comments

Last night we (Joe and I) were laying in bed and Joe said:

Hey Hon, You haven’t posted anything on the blog in awhile. What’s going on?

I had to laugh because (1) not a day has passed that I haven’t thought “Finish a post! You are so far behind!” and (2) if Joe is asking me about blogging, I KNOW it’s been a ridiculous amount of time since I posted something :/

I can’t even blame ‘writer’s block’ because I am not a real writer.  I have already used the “I’ve been too busy” card (1 too many times on the blog).  And I certainly can’t blame it on a LACK of things to post about because the last few months have been busy, fun and full of pictures! So, what does that mean? What’s really going on?

I have started two different posts in the last month and thought about at least 5 other topics.  I think, maybe, I have just lost interest. And I think the other big factor is my Priority List. When I get home from work, it’s dinner time with the family — then bath time and story time. And by the time the kids go to sleep, I find a few hours of quiet time that I usually fill with work :/  It’s better than staying late at the office and missing dinner with the family but it stinks because after 8pm is really the only time of day that I have to myself. And honestly, blogging isn’t at the top of my list.

I am not happy with myself for letting the blog go, not only for the family & friends that pay attention to my ranting and photo-taking, but also because the more time that goes on, the LESS I can remember! If I don’t write it here, there is a good change it will be lost forever.

Rest assured that I have been spending time with the boys (and the girl) as much as possible.  And I have been taking pictures along the way (Tidbits here and there,  make it onto Instagram, for easy, real time updates).

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The above picture was my view from this past Sunday afternoon. We were waiting for Daddy to get home from an errand and the boys were playing a game on the iPad. I sat in the chair across from them, while Lucy napped at my feet.  It was fun to watch them interact with each other. Nicholas was helping AJ pass a level of a kid game and AJ was intently watching how he did it.

I am going to do my best to get caught up – at least on a few of the BIG things that have happened in the last few months :) Thanks for sticking with me…through the UPS and the DOWNS.

Charlotte’s Web

Elizabeth, Family 1 Comment

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One of my fondest childhood memories (and probably one of my first real memories as a 4-5 year old) was my Mom reading Charlotte’s Web to me. She would read one or two chapters every night until it was over and then I would beg her to start it over.

I can remember laying on the top bunk with my Mom (in my old room, in Connecticut, on Indian Hill Rd), just listening to her read this story.

I am sure probably most/all know the story (you have either read the book or watched the movie) – so you know how it ends…. :(

We have been reading Charlotte’s Web in our house, for the first time! Nicholas has LOVED it. He is so interested in the story and he has been worrying about Wilbur – hoping that Charlotte can save him from becoming breakfast bacon for the Zuckerman’s.

Tonight we read the 2nd to the last chapter….and it was a HARD read for me. Charlotte died…and I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks. And I KNEW it was coming. But man, it was STILL so sad. Nicholas kept saying “did she really die?” and “why did she have to die?”

Joe came home from walking Lucy and I told him that I cried while reading. He said – That’s why he doesn’t like the book…”It’s like Old Yeller. It’s sad…I saw it once and never wanted to see it again. Too sad!”

Despite my tears, I love the story. It’s such a sweet story about how a friend helps another — and ultimately saves his life! I told the boys that after we finish the book, we can have a movie night to watch Charlotte’s Web (yes, I am signing myself up to cry again!!)

Thanks, Mom…for the great memories, the book, and the tears….

The End of Summer

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The last time I wrote something on the blog, we were on our way home from our big summer vacation. After going ‘dark’ for so long, I am not even sure what to write about. It’s really hard to come up with something good after a 2+ weeks vacation and a boat load of fun pictures.

It’s the eve of September — Labor Day Weekend — the end of summer. The rest of my family is about to get ROCKED with the {new} routine. Joe hasn’t set an alarm in months! Nicholas starts his Kindergarten year on Tuesday AM – bright & early.

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I must say, it is SUCH a great feeling, as a parent, knowing that our son is ready & excited to get back to school — even when he knows he will be at a brand new school..and have to make brand new friends. I know it’s crazy – but I might not even CRY on Tuesday AM when we drop him off for the first, official time.

I guess I jumped right to the end of August — maybe I should do a quick ‘August Recap’ – especially since it was probably the FIRST August that we were HOME for the month.

I didn’t really want to post about the fact that I turned ANOTHER year older at the beginning of August — but I didn’t want to brush over the fact that my husband is totally awesome & had a really great birthday party for me.

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He put together a small ‘Wine & Cheese‘ Party and it was amazing. The boys spent the night at Grandma & Grandpa’s house. The adults attempted to guess the region of grape and alcohol content of 6 wines, and the cheese selection was fabulous. It was a relaxing evening with a great group — including my sis. I have said it before but really, you can NEVER say it enough….my husband is so great :)

The boys had another great year at VBS.

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(You can’t tell from the look on NCL’s face above…but he really did enjoy VBS again).

We visited with friends

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We played at home a lot (kind of odd for us!! But I loved it).

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We visited the beach once (big beach camping trip is coming up in less than 2 weeks!!)

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Summer weather officially arrived at the end of August! This is when I am super thankful for our air conditioner!!

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It’s a big week up coming in our house — NCL’s first day of school (pictures coming tomorrow) AND our new floors will be in by the end of the week!

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It was a fabulous summer….although, all 4 of us wish we were still on the road in the RV :/ Our boys really love traveling…good thing, because Mom & Dad love it, too. I need more vacation time!

More to come from the Adventures of Kindergarten!

Reunited

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The boys picked me up in Boise yesterday and we headed back to Hagerman. It’s been 3 years since we have been out here. Hard to believe Anthony was a newborn (3 weeks old) last time we were here.

We had a little BBQ at the house for the 4th, and planned to shoot some fireworks – but a storm rolled in.

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Oh – and we played with the new marshmallow guns from Auntie Meg & Uncle Steve.

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A little front-yard swinging too…

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It was a fabulous 4th of July and I have to say, even after being married for almost 10 years and together for 15 years – reunions with my hubby are still as anticipated as they were years ago :)

Let it Begin!

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I know the boys left last week, so their vacation started a lot earlier than mine…. But here is the official kick-off blog post for our Summer RV Road Trip Vacation – 2013!

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I am one flight away from seeing my boys and breathing FRESH air outside of California.

I hope to see some of THIS in real life…

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(I love getting pictures, but experiencing it IN person is SO much better).

As always, I will try to blog along the way. I am secretly hoping there is little to no Internet access where we are going. It would be NICE to be forced to unplug. No matter what, we will be taking lots of pictures.

I. LOVE. VACATION!!

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