Something that makes me happy: We had a great time at the neighborhood party! We suggested that maybe we should have a cookout, and then it turned into a huge feast complete with a bounce house and participation from the majority of the street. We had a great time and even continued the party this morning and afternoon.
Something I’m thinking: I’ve been thinking WAY too much about work lately. I’m looking forward to a couple of getaways where I’ll be unplugged from work.
Something I’m hoping: That Maddie’s Elsa dress actually is delivered. I finally saw it was available online, and by the time I finished my order, they were sold out. I couldn’t tell if my order went through or not, and I didn’t get an email confirmation for a while. I called to confirm, and they *say* that we have a dress on the way! I’m going to have a happy little girl.
Something happening around the house: Our house was party central this weekend! Thank goodness the weather cooperated for us. We had a little rain while setting up, but it was otherwise perfect.
Something I’m reading: I finished No Quest for the Wicked. I started and finished Firefly Lane for book club this month. I really enjoyed it. I can’t remember the last time a book made me cry! I started Words of Radiance, the second book in the The Stormlight Archive. That series is fantastic so far! I haven’t picked up Rogues again, but maybe some day…
Something Gabe is reading: Gabe finished Lies of Locke Lamora and is also reading Words of Radiance.
Something I’m watching: Gabe and I are finally going to see Guardians of the Galaxy tonight.
Something I’m creating: I’ve been doing a lot of crafts with the kids, catching up on our kiwi crates.
Something tasty: Our neighbor made fantastic pork barbecue in his smoker. YUM! We also tried Chuy’s for the first time, finally. They brought out all of the sauces for us to try.
Something about the grownups: I’ve been working too much, but I was glad to have a break from it all with all of the festivities this weekend. We were supposed to go to the movies last weekend, but I had a bad cold all weekend.
Something about both kiddos: The kids are enjoying the kiwi crates. They made sea foam paintings with paint and soap bubbles (and completed it by drawing mermaids, fish, and seaweed with chalk). They made campfires and s’mores. We made hermit crabs. We also did robot mazes and created art using the robots to draw. Both kids really enjoy the projects, though Maddie can focus on it for longer periods of time. They both requested to have dance parties after dinner a few times recently. They had a great time playing with neighborhood friends last night (and today), bouncing in the bounce house, and staying up late. They both ate a TON of watermelon. We went to a Durham Bulls baseball game recently. The kids enjoyed it, even if most of us didn’t pay attention to the baseball. They had a great fireworks show! Maddie was in heaven. We went and took care of Mr. Turtle a couple of times in the past few weeks, too.
Something Maddie is doing (6.5 years old): First grade is going really well for Maddie! She has homework each day. So far, her homework is mostly math and spelling in addition to the daily reading log. She seems like doing homework so far, so we won’t let her know it’s something she’s supposed to hate. She’s been bringing home mostly Arthur books from the library. She brings home some of the picture books, but she’s been most interested in the Arthur chapter books. She reads to us every night for at least 20 minutes (and sometimes almost 40 minutes!). We are enjoying first grade, but we are glad for a break! She just finished her first week of track out. She tried science camp for the first time, and she loved it. I’m so glad! The kids get to do two major experiments a day plus create fun snacks (one in the morning, and one in the afternoon). They created spy equipment, played with hydrophobic surfaces, made slime, took apart electronics, learned about circuits, and ended the week with Diet Coke geysers. She will be going to art camp this week. Track out makes me want to go to camp. She gets to do so many fun things. She finished up gymnastics, and she will start going to swimming twice a week soon. She enjoys piano, but her piano teacher thought she would benefit from private lessons instead of group lessons. The cost was only $10 more per month, which we didn’t realize. The private lessons will be a much better fit for Maddie.
Something Cullen is doing (4.5 years old): Cullen is so excited to become a “French kid” at school. He isn’t quite a graduate (I don’t think), but he will be soon. All the kids have left for kindergarten now as the first day of traditional is tomorrow. He has been going to French classes and special “graduate” art classes. He says he’s doing some more challenging “works” as well. He’s very excited about this next step in Children’s House! He enjoyed his swimming lessons and will be starting at the same place that Maddie is taking lessons soon. He’s excited about that. He’s figured out how to use the Roku, including finding Netflix and the kid profiles to play their shows. He still loves playing the iPad every chance he can get. Cullen ate the most watermelon at the neighborhood cookout! He had at least 10 big wedges!
Something I am struggling with: I really need to get Maddie’s 6.5 letter done…
Something I’m looking forward to: I’m looking forward to more parties with neighbors! In the next few weeks or so, we have a trip to the beach, my trip to Maryland “for science,” swimming lessons, music lessons, Maddie at art camp, Maddie at drive-Daddy-crazy-at-home camp, Maddie back at school, and TBGT (woohoo! 5-day birthday party this year).
Something random: I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before…but it turns out that one of the new neighbors is from my hometown and I babysat him as a kid! How is that for random?? We also found out at the cookout that another family is from the same county.
Something captured: Science camp finale!