Wednesday, July 22, 2009

WOW! Time flies when you're having fun!

Marie doing her morning reading

Logan and his favorite birthday gift. It's loud, noisy and of course, he loves it!

Katie and Ryan snuggling before bedtime.

My gift to myself; I'm looking forward to finishing and framing it.

Gift for DH if I can just make myself sit and stitch at the blue. It's the logo for the TampaBay Rays baseball team.

So, what have we been doing with ourselves these past four weeks??? Well, my diet is going great! I've lost almost ten pounds in all and am doing pretty good on the exercising. I've started helping DH by cutting the grass. I actually like getting out there and sweating my butt off while I have some "quiet" time away from the kids. Yeah, I know; running lawnmower and quiet are not usually words one uses in the same sentence. If you're a parent, you know what I mean. LOL

The kids and I have been going to the park at least three times a week and started hitting the beach twice a week lately too. Of course, when we hit the beach, DH has to be with us as taking three or four kids and all their junk is nearly impossible for one person. Although, I have weeded a lot of stuff out as I see that they don't use things. I gave up bringing any of their chairs or extra umbrellas. We take a couple of huge towels to throw down so they can track sand all over them. Of course, we can't forget all their toys now can we?!?! The only ones who play with the toys are Katie and DH. Although, toward the end of our last visit, Marie and Katie did join in the castle making fun. Logan stays in the water when he goes with us and you can't get him to come up at all.

Logan is still enjoying summer school just not the getting up and on the bus by 7:00 a.m. every morning! We took the time this past weekend and finally put the boys beds together as bunk beds instead of having them side-by-side. Logan loves climbing up into his big boy bed. Now, if I can just get him to go to sleep before 11:00 p.m. each night things might get easier for the mornings. LOL Today we had a nasty morning but he ended up in a better mood by the time the bus got here. He has been wearing a harness to keep him from moving around in his seat but he absolutely hates it and I have no more energy to fight him anymore. He's just going to have to be free other than the seatbelt. He only has one more day this week and all of next week and it's over so they will just have to deal with his constant movement and kicking.

Four more weeks until the "real" school year starts and all of them will be going. Okay, so I will only get three hours (if that) each day to myself but since I never have had that since I stopped working over two years ago, I'm happy with that!!!!! I'm looking forward to getting everyone settled back into the school routine and I think they are really excited about it too. They love spending time playing in the backyard and at the beach and park but I think they all want to see their friends. I've had lots of fun with them this summer too. I wonder what I'll do with my few hours of peace and quiet?!?!?!