Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Posting on a Tuesday, people! Just have to give myself kudos whenever I can. It feels good patting yourself on the back every once in a while. Try it.  You know you want to.

2. Dh has to work a 10 day shift once or twice a year. Obviously covers the weekend and they throw in some evening coverage just to confuse me. This year, it meant that I had to do the school open house myself. (I was a bit suspicious that he'd planned it that way but he assured me it was just a coincidence.)

3. I was able to cover everything without too much problem though. DS2 had to be there with NHS. He had a schedule conflict so he ended up having to ride his bike to the school (in a dress shirt and tie). When the night was over, we loaded the bike into my van. He wondered out loud if it looked like we were stealing the bike. My response: "Yep. Because everyone wears a tie to steal a bike."

4. Speaking of conversations with my offspring. I was talking to DS1 about one of his college classes. He said they were some really old people in his class. "Really, really old. Like in their 40s". (He's not going to be able to live that down for awhile.)

5. Poured like crazy here this past Wednesday. Drove through this. Then about a half mile further the road was blocked, so I had to turn around and drive back through it. (Next day, the water was completely gone.) PS This photo came from a local news website.

6. Middle two auditioned and received parts in the fall play.

7. Went to the football game on Friday. (Well, I went to see the marching band but there was a game taking place as well.)

8. DS2 is starting the whole college application process. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy. (In case, it's not evident; yes, that's sarcasm.)

9. DS4 missed two days of school last week. Didn't even make it through September this year before the germs found their first victim.

10. Recent layouts: 2015 and family.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ten on Thursday

1. It's been almost a month since I've posted. I know I'm not the most consistent blogger of all time but that's quite a gap.

2. Since then, we've wrapped up summer. One of our traditions is an annual cookout at a friend's house. It takes place during their local fair. A run also takes place. This was the second year Nate ran in it.
3. I really didn't want this summer to end. Most summers, I'm not thrilled about the transition but I recognize that routine can be a positive thing. This year, we're two weeks + in and I'm just now accepting the idea.

4. DS4 was first to go back to school. Lucky him started a day early. DS2 and 3 started the next day and then DS1 started college the next week.

5. DS1 had a glitch in his schedule where two classes were scheduled ten minutes apart. Normally, not such a problem but these two were located completely at the opposite side of campus. Fortunately, he was able to iron it out eventually. (And yes, I was much more stressed out about it than he was.)

6. DS3 needed a family pic for a school assignment. Made me realize that it had been ages since we had taken one. So we took some shots in the backyard. If I had to do it again, I'd have made some changes but just wrangling them all outside is a win in itself. (BTW, one of us opted to change his shirt midway through shooting. Won't mention any names but he's the only one older than me.)
7. DH and I had our 21st anniversary. (Falls smack dab in the middle of the back to school madness every single year.)

8. I've subbed once this school year. I've also started watching a friend's son a few days a month. Quite a diversity going from early childhood to elementary to the teenagers at home. (Also, interesting what I remember about those stages and what I've forgotten.)

9. When getting ready for this school year, DS4 labeled his math binder "Maths". (Yep, we watch a bit of British television here.)

10. Some more layouts: 2014 graduates, Copper, Splash

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Toxic water. Probably the most newsworthy thing that's happened since my last post. Considering it was in the news and all. We woke up on Saturday (August 2nd) and DS1 let us know what was going on. By then the bottled water in stores was already sold out. We had some on hand though, so it was fine.

2. The water ban lasted until Monday morning. The restaurants were closed during that period. Other businesses were open like usual. For instance, we went putt-putting. Except for the sign over the water fountain, everything was normal.

3. School orientations. Three of those this week for three kids. Schedules are passed out. Pictures taken. Just another reminder summer is winding down.

4. As I'm typing this, one of my kids' alarm is going off. I guess he gets some brownie points for trying to get back on a decent schedule. (Only problem? He pushes that snooze button for hours.)

5. Went to the art museum a few days ago with my oldest two. We hadn't been in ages. One of them remembers being in elementary school. The other thinks he may have gone on a field trip in junior high. What was the draw? Video games, of course.
6. I went to the exhibit with them.Walked around. Got bored. Went to the East Gallery. Came back. They were still looking. Went to the West Gallery. Was just finishing up when they came to find me. So, yeah, I guess they liked it.

7. DS3 went to band camp. It was his second year. Had a great time once again. Got sunburned once again. (Thankfully, not quite as bad as last year.) Maybe by the time he is a senior, he'll have this sunscreen thing figured out. Maybe.

8. My plan of having the boys cook this summer has been working rather well. (Except of course during the water ban...that just threw everything for a bit of a loop.) They've learned how to make some of their favorite meals and have found a few new items too.

9. For instance, DS1 prefers to make vegetarian food. So I found this recipe for an Asparagus Tart. Definitely a keeper. (Except of course, for the one guy in our house who doesn't like asparagus.) 

10. Some more layouts:Fly With Me and Cool

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Been spending lots of time on the road lately. Not a road trip to a fun place. Nope. Pretty much white knuckling it beside the teen drivers while they get their driving time in.

2. I used to think potty training was my least favorite aspect of parenting. I've now changed my mind. Can't wait until they're done and then I never have to drive with them again. (That makes them sound like they're bad drivers. They're not. I just prefer to be the one behind the wheel.)

3. BTW, the cemetery is a great place to take beginning drivers. What did you do this summer? Hung out in the cemetery. (I'm guessing that would be a conversation killer.)

4.DS2's phone died. Bricked is the word he used. He knows the phone he wants to replace it, and he's trying to raise the money he needs to buy it.

5. Dh and he are putting some things on Ebay. Dh has quite a few items that he's been meaning to list but hadn't got around to it. They're working together and splitting the profits. So far, DS2 is up $3.25. (Hopefully, things get more profitable as they go along.)

6. He also offered to let his brothers pay him to do their chores. They took him up on it.

7. Went for a bike ride and realized how long it had been since I'd been on a bike. So I put in a few more excursions. I've gone from extremely ridiculously out of shape to just really extremely out of shape.

8. DS3 has to read "Like Water for Chocolate" for school over the summer. I was out of library reading, so I borrowed it. (It's only July...so it's not like he's actually started it yet.) Can't say that it would be my first pick for a sophomore English class.

9. Taught DS4 how to adjust shutter speed on the camera. He wanted to take some photos like this.
10. Some recent layouts: Hello There, Old Man's Cave page 1 and page two

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Just like that...it's July already.

2. Took a small road trip last week. Went to visit family in Amish country.
3. We visited Lehman's. Some of the kids weren't that excited when we said we were going to a hardware store, but they changed their thinking during the visit.

4. We also sampled the local fare. Lots of it. Yum. Yum.
5. Then we went to Hocking Hills. Hopefully, we knocked off a few of the calories we ingested by walking on the trails.
6. We also saw a few oversized items along the way.
7. Generally, when we travel, it can be a bit of a challenge finding lodging for a family of six. This time we stayed in the Berlin Grande Hotel and the Hocking Hills state cabins. Both accommodated six. Hooray. (Bonus...the Berlin Grande served homemade cinnamon rolls. I think we'll be back.)

8. Our dog stayed with friends. I think he liked his vacation too.

9. Here's a recent layout:
10. And one more:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ten on Thursday

1. Summer is here. Hooray! I think moms usually fall into two categories about summer. Love it or leave it. I'm definitely in the love it category. I look forward to the more relaxed pace.

2. Of course, it doesn't hurt that my part-time job is at a school. Summer also means time off for me too.

3. Since my last post, DS1 graduated from high school.
Made a layout with some of the photos of our family outside after the ceremony.

4. We also celebrated Father's Day and my birthday. And when I say celebrated, we mostly just lazed around.

5. The three of us (Dh, DS1 and myself) did go out to eat to celebrate the above milestones. Unfortunately, the Mexican restaurant we selected was not quite up to par.

6. Two of the guys are switching bedrooms. In theory, this will mean some clearing out of some clutter along the way. Right now, it's just prominently displayed in piles on their floors. (At least they have some rudimentary walkways right now.)

7. Doing some college/future planning with the guys. DS1 just has a few details to finish up before he starts college in the fall. He's already signed up for his classes.

8. DS2 will be a high school senior in the fall. He took the ACT this past weekend.

9. Included in the chore list this summer for the guys is cooking once a week. This may be one of my smartest parenting plans ever.

10. A couple more layouts: Smile and Band Concert

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ten on Wednesday

1. Well, lookie there. It's June already. Yesterday, I had my hair cut. About a foot chopped off, I think. Didn't take any before/after pictures. Just wanted to get it done. I like it. Then, I decided to color it. Hmmm....that didn't go so well. I wanted to go a little red which isn't too unusual for me. But I usually go for a dark brunette type red, this is lighter. (Initially, I thought I'd turned myself into Ronald McDonald. Thankfully, it's not quite that bad. At least that's what I'm telling myself.)

2. Picked my 13 y/o up later in the day. I got out of the van and opened the back so that he could put his baritone in there. He saw the van from across the parking lot but said he wasn't sure it was me at first because of the "red hair".

3. The guys still have a little bit of school left. Well, three of them do. The senior finished on Friday. Now, he has to finish his placement testing this week. College orientation on Saturday and graduation on Sunday.

4. Made this layout from the senior assembly on Friday. They also had a senior breakfast. I helped serve the breakfast and was on tater tot duty. Tater tots seemed a bit unusual to me for breakfast but they were actually quite a popular choice among the seniors.
5. Also made this layout from the Memorial Day parade. DS3 marched in the parade. (He's quite happy that this was his last cymbal performance. He's on to something different next year.)
6. Didn't think I was going to get any parade photos this year. I thought my camera died the day before Memorial Day. First, it wouldn't focus. Tried turning it off and on again but it wouldn't turn off. Then, I took the battery out, replaced it and it wouldn't turn back on. Long story short. I tried a gazillion things. Nothing worked. Dh took over and resurrected it. Hooray! (And I picked out my replacement camera, just in case.)
Yeah. I did a layout about that too. Couldn't resist have a little fun with it.

7. Dh was placing an order from Amazon this week and needed a few dollars to meet the free shipping requirement. I told him the camera that I picked out was on my wishlist. After all, I knew it would more than meet the amount he needed. For some reason, he declined my offer.

8. Oh, and after looking for cameras on Amazon and searching on Google; I'm being stalked. Camera and lens ads seem to follow me everywhere.

9. Public service announcement for people who are related to me: My birthday's coming up. You're welcome for the reminder.

10. This time next week, I'll be mom to a high school graduate. Kind of crazy.