Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sweet Boy!


I've never been much of an animal person.  In fact I really enjoyed being a pet free family for close to seven months!  And then my husband took our three boys to Colorado for Spring Break.  They got to hang out with their sister, her cool husband, and their dog, Sadie.  Steve watched our two nine year olds love on Sadie for a week and decided they really needed a dog.  So I reluctantly gave in, and we ended up with Zac, the cutest yellow labrador retriever you've ever seen.

I've started calling him "Sweet Boy" because I truly believe one day he will be a sweet boy.  {Kind of like if you build it, they will come.  Only in this case, it's if you call him it, he will become it?!?!}  My thirteen year old thinks I'm crazy for this.  But I truly believe he is a sweet boy.  Even though he chews Xbox charging cords (every one that worked...he didn't chew the broken one!), my couch, shoes, Xbox games and cases, socks, and pretty much anything else my three boys don't bother to pick up.

He's four months old now, and I know we still have a lot of chewing left.  I'm just trying to remind everyone to pick up after themselves, so my Sweet Boy doesn't get in any more trouble!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 The Year of the Trophy

Earlier this year, one of Noah's friends posted a picture on instagram of all the trophies he had accumulated in his short 13 years of life.  He had a lot of trophies!! I know this kid has played on lots of basketball and baseball teams.  And his teams must have been really good because he had lots of hardware to show for it.  Another one of Noah's friends posted that all he had on his shelf was participation ribbons.  And then Noah commented he had nothing!

All this lead to a family conversation about how none of our boys had any trophies.  I've often said that if we talk about something, it tends to happen (especially in our family!).  And wouldn't you know it, 2014 became the year of the trophy in our house.  All 3 boys got at least one trophy this year (and it's only June!).  We have trophies for the fastest runner, the "hot shot" from basketball camp, a 2nd place basketball tournament trophy, and the "hustle" award from basketball camp.

I love all my boys whether they get trophies or not!  But I just might have to post an instagram picture of all our trophies now.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What I learned this week!

1.  I should have planted more sunflowers!  I thought I was being very generous with my row of sunflower seeds in May, but now that they are growing, I wish I had planted way more.  Oh well, there's always next year!

2.  It is way more fun at the public pool when my older son takes a friend.  The tall boy is my oldest son, and the two shorties on the end are the twins.  And the boy in the white shirt is my oldest son's best friend.  Two weeks ago we went to the pool, and they didn't even last 90 minutes without begging to go home.  This week we stayed for 3 hours!  So taking an extra person along is totally worth it.  I've often said when there is an even number of kids it tends to work out better for everyone.

3.  iPhone cords can catch on fire!  I'm pretty sure the puppy got a hold of this one, or my kids were just too rough on it.  When I plugged it into the car charger, it started smoking and got hot enough to burn my fingers.  It's never good when your nine year old yells, "something's smoking in this car!"  So now we are down one charger!

4.  My nine year olds know no fear!  This was at our county fair on Friday night.  They got to the very top and yelled out of the side of the ferris wheel car, "take out picture!"  Since we have gotten our puppy, I have realized that lots of kids and people are afraid of dogs or just don't like dogs.  And I really cannot think of one thing these boys are afraid of!  {definitely not heights!}

5.  If your shoes look like this, no one will steal them.  We had a friend of ours get his new under armour slides "taken" at the kid's basketball camp this week.  I am always telling my kids they need to take better care of their stuff, but I guess in this case, if your shoes look like this, no one will take them!  These shoes are less than a month old....he took them to church camp this week, then maybe when he gets back I'll buy him another pair.


6.  My oldest son and I are home alone for the week while the twins and my husband are at church camp.  We plan to shop and eat lots of chinese food, and I have to take him to basketball practice, games, and open gym all week!!  Fun times!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm Still Here!!

2014
So 2014 is almost half over, and I've blogged a total of seven times this year.  My mom sent me a message on FB saying she wants me to write more.  So I will try to make mom happy. I'm not real sure why I haven't written much this year.  And I cannot promise there will be more frequent posts, but I will try!  Here are some things that have been going on around here.

GAS PRICES
I am one of those people that tend to freak out about rising gas prices.  I know there are some people who pay no attention to gas prices.  When they need gas, they pull into a nearby station, fill up, and have no idea what the price per gallon was.  I am in the opposite camp.  I pay very close attention to gas prices, have gas buddy alerts on my phone, and do all I can to save money on gas by using Kroger fuel rewards or our local Speedway Speedy Rewards.  The funny thing about this is my commute to work is about 1.5 miles (my husband's commute is even less)!  Maybe one day I will not pay attention to gas prices, but I doubt it!

JURY DUTY
I got the honor of going to our local county circuit court for jury duty yesterday.  I had no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be not so bad.  I showed up, sat around for a few hours, watched a movie (about jury duty), listened to a judge talk, listened to two lawyers talk, never said one word, then was dismissed.  There were about 45 of us in the courtroom, and when the judge said they only needed six jurors, I was hoping the odds would be in my favor. Luckily they were!  And I am now exempt for two years which makes me and my employer very happy.

GOODWILL AUCTIONS
I friend of mine told me about goodwill auctions, and I am obsessed!  I have watched about five pair of boots go for really cheap.  But somehow I keep forgetting to bid near the end of the auction!  After our brutal winter, I decided I need to invest in a really good pair of winter boots.  So I hope to find a good pair to buy, and then we will have a mild winter!

PUPPY
Our puppy is still really cute, but he is rotten.  He definitely cannot be left alone for a minute. He chews and digs and jumps and chases strangers.  We have to wait a couple more months for the electric fence training to begin, so I will keep chasing him down the street in my pajamas.  It's such a beautiful sight in the morning!!

I'll try to write more this month, but there are no guarantees, mom!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

JUST SOME NUMBERS

FOURTEEN

When my boys get off the bus today, they will only have FOURTEEN more days of school.  Wow has this year gone fast.  Faster than any year before.  One of my uncles tried to explain a theory he has about why time goes faster the older you get.  I nodded and smiled appropriately, but don't remember a thing he said.  Although I do agree with his bottom line, the older you get the faster time goes.

SEVEN

I have cleaned up SEVEN puppy pee puddles.  For some reason the puppy only pees in the house when I am on duty.  We have Zac for seven days now, and I'm pretty sure we are all smitten by his puppy cuteness.  I forgot how hyper puppies can be, but he has adjusted very well in his new home

SIX

SIX more jr. high track meets.  I still have no idea what's going on at a track meet.  I just watch for the tall blond kid and hope I don't miss the event he is in that night.  He has tried a little bit of everything...hurdles, long jump, sprints, and relays.  He has learned he is not a distance runner.  More than two laps around the track is too much for him!

NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY NINE

It feels like I have spent $979.00 on all the camps, summer activities, and fun things my kids want to do this summer.  Basketball camp, church camp, trips to Kings Island, and the list goes on.... It's like having another bill to pay every week!  But it is definitely worth it to keep my 3 boys busy.  Which hopefully means less time in front of the XBOX, less time fighting, and less times I have to get mad and yell!!

ONE

I lasted exactly ONE warm day without turning the air conditioner on.  After our brutally frigid winter I thought I would be able to stand a little hot weather.  But when I am inside running around the house I get hot and sweaty and grouchy!  So the A/C is officially turned on.  Let the electricity bill start rising!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Life Update

Where have I been?!?  I know it has been forever  since I have written.  School's almost out. Which mean life will get even crazier.  I've pretty much given up on trying to keep up.  So in no particular order, here's what's been going on with the family.

All the boys in my family (3 kids and husband) drove out to Colorado to see Megan (their sister) and Garret (her husband) for 8 days.  I had to stay home and work.  But before you feel too sorry for me, I worked just 24 hours that week (my normal schedule), then had the rest of the week ALL. BY. MYSELF.  I really don't remember ever having that much time all by myself.  I read a lot, ate whatever I wanted, and went wherever I wanted to go.  I went to Target and TJ Maxx and walked out emptied handed both places!  (who does that?!?)  By Thursday, I really missed having my family around.  And when they walked in the door with all their dirty clothes and clutter I was thankful to have them back.

We are FINALLY done with basketball.  I have had kids in basketball for 7 continuous months.  It was a lllloooonnnggg season.  My oldest finished his season with a 2nd place tournament win and a trophy.  His first real trophy!!  Then my twins got to finish their season by playing a game on the Indiana Pacers court at Baker's Life Fieldhouse.  Fun times for everyone!  The twins are currently taking a sports break, and Noah is now participating in Jr. High track and field.  I am totally clueless when I watch a track meet.  Noah has been trying the long jump, something I know absolutely nothing about.

I cannot believe the kids only have 24 more days of school left.  This year has gone really fast.  My third graders both passed their state reading tests, so we are moving on to 4th grade next year.  They will be at the intermediate school with 4th through 6th graders.  We are really hoping for a growth spurt because they look really short next to kids two years older than them!!  They turned 9 years old on Earth Day, and we are having an all boy slumber party Friday night for them.

My oldest turned 13 last month.  I'm officially the mom of a teenage boy.  Nothing really has changed, but I'm sure changes are coming.  March and April are kind of like Christmas around here with 3 birthdays and Easter.  

We are getting a new dog.  A yellow labrador puppy to be exact.  Have I enjoyed being pet free for almost 7 months?  Yes I have!!  But in a weak moment my husband convinced me "these boys need a dog!"  And I said yes!  So I am looking forward to potty training and puppy teeth marks and all that fun puppy stuff.

It's almost May and we still are turning the heat on at night!  It has been really cool here for Spring. Which makes track meets even more fun.  If I take another long blog break, I read this about moms of older children and this explains it pretty well.  

I signed up to run jog walk crawl another half marathon.  This will be my 3rd half marathon, and every time I sign up I tell myself I will train for it.  How many days have I trained this time, ZERO!  So it will be fun times for me next Saturday...or not!

In August I will be turning the big 4-0, and I am trying to come up with something exciting to celebrate my 40 years of life.  Stay tuned....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

March

Reasons I love March...

1.  Spring

2.  March Madness

3.  St. Patrick's Day

4.  My oldest son's birthday

5.  Spring Break


Reasons I don't love this March...

1.  It may be Spring, but the temperatures are still saying it's Winter.  We are supposed to get some {MORE!!!} snow tomorrow night.  It's cold here!  I am so ready for warmer weather.

2.  I love watching basketball!  This year everyone in our family filled out their own brackets, just for a little friendly competition.  I said there would be a prize, but I haven't even figured out what the prize is yet.  So far, I am in last place.  Boo!

3.  Every year I check out and read a book from the library called The Life of St. Patrick.  A friend of mine told me about it a few years ago, and I have read it once a year since then. This year I went to check it our from the library and it has been taken out of circulation.  Big bummer.  I just need to buy it from Amazon so I can have it to read next St. Patricks Day.

4.  My oldest son will turn 13 on March 30, making me the mom of a teenager.  He turns 13 this year, and I turn 40 this year {in August}...yikes!  I keep telling myself age is  just a number.

5.  I usually get excited about Spring Break, but this year I could not get off work, so my husband took all 3 boys on a road trip to Colorado.  So I have been alone since Friday.  I have gotten several adorable pictures of them, and it looks like they are having a blast.  I'm pretty sure I will run out of things to do around the house eventually!!