Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grades 2 and 5 All Wrapped Up

Second and Fifth grades are in the books, which means our family has survived the first school year with two working parents (throw in a little chemotherapy for good measure). The kids were both super hyped up from the moment I picked them up from school until they went to bed at nearly 9:00. Summer means later bedtimes around here. It also means the parents might be a little more frazzled at 9:00 than normal. :)

Camden says he's grown out of crying on the last day of school (he's done this every year but this one), and that was true although he was still a little bummed. 

They don't look hyper at all, do they? The traditional last-day-of-school Sonic slushies didn't help. They spent the afternoon going over their yearbooks, scrapbooks, journals. So funny. It's probably the only time of the year that Camden would let Rory read out loud to him for an hour at a time.

Rory's so ladylike.

Everything might have been all sunshine and roses yesterday, but on today's first summer morning, Camden is tasked with mowing the yard, and he is none too happy about that job. Rory is currently party and menu planning because she is insistent that we celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary (remember, she's very into romance these days). She is taking her cues from Fancy Nancy and thinks Brian needs to wear a suit and I should wear these shoes . . . which she's been wearing since she got home from school yesterday. When I agreed to let her plan a meal, I didn't know it was going to run into a full blown dress-up party. Not sure we have time for this right now, but it feels like we're committed to it now.


I've been working on the ever-growing "to do" list that should be finished before we leave for Disney (we're down to single digits!). Four days after we arrive home from Disney, Brian and the kids head to summer camp for a week so I'm trying to get as much done as I can prior to our trip.

On that note, I've got packing to get started on!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

Our Disney countdown is in the single digits.

(that is equal parts excitement and sheer panic)

I got a tetanus shot last week, and my arm is still knotted up and sore today. Ouch!

We played Catch Phrase with the kids last weekend for the first time, and it was awesome. Things were a little tense at first it was tense as they struggled to express themselves. And then it just got really funny to see the way their minds work.

Rory's current default noise level is . . . screaming. Granted, it's usually a scream of joy, but it is incredibly shrill and loud.

Today is the last day of school, and I'm thinking I may have used up all my photo credits with the kids since it took me three different times to take these pictures yesterday. In my defense, some default camera settings had gotten changed and I could. not. figure. it. out. Right before round 3, I got everything back to normal. But I'm thinking these might have to count as the official last day of school photos.





Unfortunately, Field Day 2015 was canceled because of rain. The kids were both really disappointed although they quickly saw the up-side. Camden says now he can finish elementary school as the undefeated champion in the softball throw (this is his last year to participate since he moves on to middle school next year) and Rory said she didn't really have enough time to train this year. Why, yes, Field Day is a serious matter around here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Awkward Family Photos 2

Smiling for the camera is so hard.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

It may have pushed us almost over the parenting edge, but Camden finished up his last project of the year Sunday night.

Rory is plugging away at her last book report of the year and will accept no help. Even though she needs it. Whatever.

School is over one week from today. How is that possible?

Mother's Day photos continue to be less than successful around here. Difference is that this year I just laughed when I saw the two Brian had taken.
mothers day

Brian planted a garden for the third year. He showed some restraint this year and didn't try to include every vegetable known to man in our little plot.

When did he get to be all elbows, legs, and feet? He's so big, right?

We had some visitors Saturday - I know some fellow adoptive mamas who will recognize these two. It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Just Another Day at the Park

With all the sunshine and warm weather we've had this past 7-10 days, I was pretty excited about taking the kids and Addison to the local park Friday night. Of course, about an hour before we planned to go, storm clouds settled in and the weather turned hot and steamy fast. And super overcast. But, still, lots of fun at the park.

Side note: Why is it that when take Camden and Rory to the park alone, they're bored immediately. Add a 3-year old into the mix, and they want to stay forever.

Also. Addison is quite a bit more adventurous than my two. I could barely keep up. And she might have taken a few tumbles because she was so bold, but there were no tears so I'm pretty sure she's okay.

She went up and down the slide at least 50 times and said "Hello, Captain!" every. single. time.

And see this nifty bendy-twisty little tripod? I got it for Christmas and haven't used it a single time. So sad.

Unfortunately, I still haven't used it. Unless you count this gem.