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!!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!!