Summer Almost Over

Hi and Happy Wednesday!  How is your summer going?  Ours has been great but has gone so very fast.  And now it is almost over. I have mixed feelings about that.  On the one hand, I am sad that our lazy mornings and our summer fun will end.  On the other hand, I realize we need our routine and our normal activities to keep us motivated and going.

We spent half the summer in North Carolina working on items for the family business and the other half at home both working and playing.  We enjoyed time to shop, eat out, have visits with friends and family, had time to swim, enjoyed frozen yogurt and ice cream, and much more.  We have stayed up later than usual and slept in.

Ian read seven books for the library’s reading program and enjoyed that very much.  I too have read a few good books this summer.  We also have enjoyed a few movies at home, riding bicycles, favorite summer television shows, games, and a service project with our church’s vacation Bible school.

Ian has learned a lot more this summer about Pokémon.  He enjoys the cards and the cartoon or anime as it is also called. This summer for the first time in a while, he wanted Pokémon cards and Warriors books instead of sets of Lego elements.  Our boy is growing up.  Also, Ian got his first computer. He was thrilled and has been enjoying it.

We didn’t have any big trips this summer, but plenty of down time and plenty of family time.  We enjoyed pizza at a favorite place at home, enjoyed free pie after dinner with a dear friend, went to the Star Wars themed baseball night for our minor league team (before school got out), and Ian has had time to play with neighbors and other kids.

We have worked on math online programs and ideas for a writing journal cover to get us in the frame of mind for school.  And, we are reading and trying to get to bed earlier. This morning, however, we slept in really late. That was great but I know those days are nearly finished.

This photo is from years ago at the beach.  We didn’t make it to the beach this summer.  I always love to go but it just wasn’t possible this year.  Perhaps next year will work, or the following year.  We will have to wait and see.

As our summer winds down, I remember to be thankful for:

  • Our house at a cool temperature
  • Ice cream treats
  • Star Wars movies with a boy who knows more details than I do
  • Swimming with Ian and Kirk
  • Mornings when we don’t have to go anywhere
  • Mornings or days when we don’t have to get ready
  • Extra time in our pajamas
  • Hours to read a great book
  • Word finds and coloring books
  • Our active VBS and church’s missionary team
  • Laughs with family and friends
  • Meals with family and friends
  • Prayers with family and friends
  • Listening to details about Pokémon from a sweet boy
  • Hugs and time to cuddle
  • Photos of friends, families, and adventures

I wonder how much more fun we can cram into what we have left of the summer.  I am not sure but am looking forward to the challenge.  God Bless and have a great rest of the week and summer!

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Happy August!

August.8-3-16Happy August 3rd! Here it is extremely hot and muggy!  How is it in your world?  Ian is back in school and so far so good.  We go back extremely early but have lots of breaks throughout the year.  It just makes for a very hot beginning of school.

Thank goodness for air conditioning, ice cubes, ice-cold water, and ice cream.  These all help on miserable days.  And on a hot walk home, we are thankful for the shade and breezes that blow.  We are also thankful for a quick rain shower.

Most of July I didn’t write blogs. I hope to do a better job this month.  We had a very busy summer than just flew by. I tried to have down time along with our activities so that is one reason that I didn’t write very much.  And, I am working on new inspiration and what moves me to write.

We had a great summer and had a lot of fun. One evening after running errands, we went to Arby’s and picked up food that we ate at home.  The above photo is Ian’s five-minute fry.  It was the longest that we have seen and took him five minutes to eat.

On this middle of the first week of August, I am thankful for:

  • An amazing summer
  • The excitement of a new school year
  • Library books
  • Play time and down time
  • Seeing friends again
  • Our amazing teachers and school staff
  • My family and friends
  • Prayer support
  • A boy who is excited and amazed to be a third grader
  • Routines and consistency
  • Dinner with my parents and aunt
  • A backpack that Ian wants to use again
  • Food for lunches
  • Special times with siblings
  • New sneakers that Ian helped choose
  • Running errands with Kirk
  • Ice water
  • Ice cold beer with tacos
  • A surprise lunch with a dear friend
  • Photos of friends
  • Hugs with my guys at the end of the day

I wonder if the rest of the month will be as hot as this week?  I imagine it will.  We will do our best to stay cool and will make the best of it.  Happy August!

Back to Reality

Patti_Ian_ElPasoHi and Happy Monday!  Today we are back to our normal reality — school and work.   And, the words of an En Vogue song are running through my head, “Back to life, back to reality. Back to the here and now, oh yeah…”

This morning, it was hard to wake up when that alarm went off at 6:30 a.m.  I have never been an early morning person but have had to learn to get up and get the day started. Getting Ian ready for school and myself ready for the day keeps me busy each morning.

Over the past two weeks of Ian’s winter break, we enjoyed not having the alarm clock to wake us up.  We often were up by 7 a.m. anyway.  However, being woken up by a sweet boy saying, “Mom, it’s 7:05,” is often nicer than the alarm clock.

Ian is an early riser as long as he’s had enough sleep.  But school days can often be a challenge, especially the first day back after a long break.  I think he was excited and ready to get back, once he finally got going.

Today, he will have library as his special area class.  Since he loves the books, that should be a good time for him.  He helped chose his lunch for today as well as his outfit that he picked out last night.  So long as he can stay healthy, we should be fine.

Then tonight we have a celebration.  He is getting his Tiger patch from Cub Scouts and is thrilled.  He and his den have been working the entire first semester in doing activities and attending meetings to earn it.  This is the first patch he has earned and we are so excited about it!!

Should be a fun and great day back to our normal reality, but for now, this morning, I am getting used to some time to myself.  The house is quiet again and I am missing my sweet and small companion.  But, he will be home in later and we will enjoy our evening.  Kirk is here today so we can have lunch together.  That will be fun!

Today I am thankful for:

  • Sun on a cold day
  • Hot chocolate
  • Morning hugs
  • A kiss from my hubby
  • Our morning routine
  • Left over pancakes for breakfast
  • Hot coffee with creamer
  • Lunch dates with Kirk
  • Ian’s wonderful school
  • Seeing friends again
  • A kind and fun teacher
  • Cub Scout leaders

I wonder what fun and amazing things we will add to our routine today?  I look forward to finding out.

Back to School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today is the first day of the second week of a new year.  Cool, isn’t it? After a 2 1/2 week Christmas break, Ian went back to school.  This is the second half of his kindergarten year.  He was so excited about it as well.

Last night he was almost too excited to go to sleep but finally did. We talked about being back at school and learning again and about stories that he can create.  He enjoys making things up and reading, which I absolutely love.

Then this morning he woke up pretty easily, did his jobs before school without too much complaining, and was ready to go.  His jobs are eating his breakfast, taking his vitamins, using the bathroom and washing his hands, brushing his teeth, and getting dressed. We often have a contest to see who can get dressed first.

I made him his lunch, and made sure his backpack had all of his stuff in it.  He wanted to include a book that he’d worked on yesterday to share with his class.  He drew 7 pages of pictures and then had me transcribe his story.  It is inspired by a Lego video he’d seen online.

We bundled up in his new coat that he got at Christmas as well as his gloves.  With that he was warm.  We walked out to the car, got in it, put up the garage door, started the car with no trouble (thank goodness), backed out and were on our way.

Everything looked very cold and frosty on our way.  It was beautiful and we got to see the sun rising.  A lovely winter day.  Then I parked the car, we got out and walked into the school at the door near his classroom.  The grass and leaves crunched under our feet. Ian enjoyed the sound.

school-mathWe went inside and waited for the bell to ring. There was time to take off Ian’s coat so he was ready to go in, do his classroom jobs, and get started learning.  Brrringgg.  Bell rings and we walk to the classroom with a big smile on Ian’s face.  His teacher said, “I have missed you Ian.”  He was very happy to hear this from this teacher as I was.

Being back to school is just the thing he needed.  He loves school and loves to learn.  For that I am truly thankful!  Each Wednesday, our district lets out early and the teachers have inservice time.  That way we don’t have to miss entire days for their training.

So a short day will be just the thing for getting back into the routine.  Then we’ll have two full days before the weekend.  Should be a great rest of the week!

Not only was Ian happy about seeing his teacher and the classroom, he was also happy to see his friends.  Today is PE and he was looking forward to that as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A boy who loves learning
  • A school where he is encouraged to learn
  • A teacher who truly enjoys teaching and likes having Ian in her class
  • Being able to make our son a yummy lunch to eat at school
  • A garage where our car stays warm and dry
  • Chatting with my son and husband in the morning
  • A short trip to the school where we can talk about our day
  • Hot tea with creamer
  • Hot breakfast
  • My fuzzy slippers
  • The quiet of the house as I work at home and putter around
  • My son’s creativity and zest for life
  • My family and friends
  • The fun of picking up Ian after a day of school, giving him a snack, and hearing about his day

Whether your kids are back at school or not, I hope and pray that you and they have a terrific day!