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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer of Sanity - Week 7

Week's Theme: Pool Parties!
I told you that the weeks would fly by and that our scheduled themes would go by the wayside.  This week we recovered from vacation by finally getting some warmer (notice I didn't say hot) weather.  Thankfully 2 of my friends own pools and were gracious enough to invite us there along with all the other toddlers in our co-workers circle.

The boys are doing so good at swimming now and are at a great age where still supervised, but I'm not the hovering helicopter I once had to be which means I can enjoy my burger hot vs. warm.  I fear for next summer when Lady Cora will be walking and wanting to keep up with them.

The hostesses need a shot out too.  One is a grandma of 3, but you'd never know it with her energy.  She's who I consider my "work mom" and I talked about her in this post.  She has a wonderful garden that she showed me might be so difficult for me to pull off in my own backyard someday.

The other hostess is 37 weeks pregnant so I give her props just for hosting a slew of us.  It was my first time visiting her new home and let me tell you I fell in love.  I felt like Nicole Curtis in Rehab Addict "Oh My God" around every corner of charm her cute 1940s house had.  Add to my bucket list to rehab an old home from that era.  Sorry no pictures to share of it, but I didn't want to be a creeper and bust out my phone snapping here and there.

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Summer of Sanity - Week 6 - Vacation!

Week's Theme: Vacation
What a fun week it was. As most vacations tend to do, it went too fast. We ended up going to Michigan this year vs. our usual jaunt to South Carolina due to: my 94 yr. old Grandma wanting to join us, I didn't want a 12 hour trip with new baby, and Scooter's brother who we usually see were busy themselves awaiting a new baby any day (she was actually born our last day we were away). This new location also came with the excellent perk of my bestie coming to visit me which came with the all-time bonus of meeting her new baby girl who is a month older than Cora.
Highlights included:
  • My grandmother conducting her ritual "balloon in long underwear" game that came with perfect blackmail pictures of my niece to use at her graduation party and my brother's bff claiming a "force flex" allergy to get out of it.
  • Chocolate & Wine tasting tour that included a warm apple pie in a bag that was orgasmic, yes it was that good.  Thank you kind Maria for convincing me I needed a fork to try it in the store.
  • Spending time seeing my best friend as a mommy.  So cool and she's so good.  Plus she's got a good man.
  • S'mores and a campfire
  • Celebrating my nephew's 11th Birthday!
  • Outlet shopping with my niece
  • Swimming and showing off Cora's cute, yet completely impractical swim suits.
  • Kayaking for the first time and finding out my upper body isn't as weak as I thought
  • Cooking for an army
  • Watching my husband recharge his batteries (which was desperately needed)
  • Visiting with my West Coast cousin and his girlfriend
  • Learning to play Poker 
  • Pawning off the kids on other people :)

Next time I'm uninviting the mosquitoes.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer of Sanity - Weeks 4 & 5 of 10 - Free Weeks

 
Technically they weren't Free Weeks but we just had other stuff pop up and get scheduled so I didn't need to stick to the original schedule. Remember, this whole summer of sanity is about staying sane, not to schedule every second into a perfectly planned Pinterest day.

Since we are in the midst of summer, I am glad the days are filling up on their own with normal summer fun like cookouts, family visits and all the general things it takes to keep 3 kids alive.

This past week I even added another kid to the mix, my 13 year old niece stayed with us and was a big help.  It was so nice to get to spend time with her. I put her to work with getting used to baby duties (she's got a little sister coming in October) and other domestic duties like cooking.  It was cute to see her handle raw meat for the first time and gab until the late hours of the night about things.  That girl is going places I tell ya, watch out!

I'm not sure if we'll get back to any of the themes fully here before school starts back up in August but I'm still keeping up our little projects here and there. I'm going to be a hot mess come the second week of August and it's got nothing to do with the humidity. 

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far too.


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer of Sanity - Week 3 of 10 - Geography


Week's Theme: Geography

We had lots of pop up showers this week which was perfect for the release of the Lego Movie on DVD , but we lucked out having excellent weather for a geocaching and pool party midweek.

We ended the week going Geocaching for the first time with a friend of mine and her boys and it was a really great time. I simply downloaded the app to my phone and we decided to meet at a nature reserve area for a picnic. After the picnic we went on our search for treasure and found it just in time before a major rain storm hit.  

I highly recommend geocaching as a fun time for the family, we've found so many near us. The boys simply loved it. For extra fun, remember to bring some trinket with you to leave behind as you get to take one from the box that you find.






I did make use of the rain day to make a craft with my oldest son while the other 2 kiddos were napping. I got the inspiration from this pin on Pinterest. I was super mean and made him redo the "our house" picture by telling him to go outside and draw it while looking at it.  He thought that was a pretty cool thing and I explained that's how lots of artists draw things.  He just thought they always drew from memory.  A teachable moment I suppose even though he isn't a fan of coloring.
Other simple things we did this week were just discussing the geography around us, street names, directions, practicing our address, and of course maps. The boys have a few things already that we got back out and played with such as what is below and a states puzzle.
Tag Leapfrog USA Map
Discovery Kids Felt World Map

It was a fun week and it was our first week that the boys earned their stickers every day!  Maybe we are all getting the hang of this sanity thing.  It definitely has been helping with the boredom issues.

Next week is supposed to be Nature-themed but I can already give you the spoiler alert that the week is going to be a "free week" due to last minute plans that have us spending time together with extended family.  No need to put a theme on all of that.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Deep Freeze


I feel like a little old housewife from the 50's with my new GE Chest Freezer! I guess it is the sign of a true domestic goddess engineer to be so excited about a new appliance.

We pulled the trigger on this purchase so we could hold my milk stash that was taking over our freezer.  Freezer = $180 = 6 cans of formula, but the freezer will last us longer than a year.  Something tells me we'll get our money out of it too with 3 kids.

I'm mostly excited that this now means I can buy fresh meat from my local farmer friends and I have a place to store it.  Oh and the 1,000 freezer recipes I've pinned.  I see some use for the new Costco their building next year near me too.

Do you have a deep freezer?  If so what tips do you have for me to make it worth my time and money?


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