Thursday, June 6, 2013

Trying to Keep Up

Time really does start racing past at an incredible speed the older you get. It's ridiculous, really.

What have we been up to? A whole lot of nothing, but still our days seem packed.

So the girls graduated from 5th grade. I have no idea how that happened. There are times when I love working in education (like right now, sitting at my kitchen table on a Thursday morning, drinking coffee, in my pajamas, blogging) but there are other times when I don't. Like it was hard for me to just let go and enjoy things of the girls the last few weeks of school instead of being with them and worrying about what was happening at my school. Ugh. Hopefully by the time they graduate from high school I'll have a better handle on these things.


The next morning, since it was kind of the first day of summer (for the kids anyway) I decided to have an egg hunt.  My children love egg hunts, do yours?  Every summer we brainstorm a list of things we want to do over the summer and after doing this for several years, I have found that our list tends to be about the same.  So, instead of a brainstorming session, I typed up the list, cut the activities into strips, hid the strips inside the eggs and then hid the eggs.  I called the kids down, handed them each a bag and told them they each had x number of eggs to find.  It was a pretty great thing, if you ask me.


 {Do you like how the list contains both running 50 miles and eating funnel cakes?  I think the two go hand in hand.}

The next week there was still work for us.  I gave a professional learning presentation with one of my favorite librarians.  And, I hit the road for a weekend away in NC. 

I stayed with this girl - Jessica - on Friday night.  We had such a great time and I hope we get to see each other again this summer.  She was the first friend that I made when we moved to Georgia when I was 8 years old.  My mom was unpacking our house and made me take a walk around the neighborhood.  Jessica and some other kids had a honeysuckle stand on the corner.  I had never even heard of honeysuckle, let alone seen it or tasted it!  So, that began our friendship.  Her family moved back to NC a few years later and we lost touch for a long time.  And then, when we found each other again we were AMAZED at how alike we were as adults!  Every time we see each other our toes are the same color.  Crazy.


On Saturday, I drove to Taylorsville, NC for Alison's baby shower.  I can't wait for those sweet twin girls to arrive!  It was also so good to see my old Blue Ridge Craft Weekend girls.  It really was like spending time with old friends.


I drove home on Sunday and spent the night drinking naughty Arnold Palmers with CB.  That's one of my favorite things to do...drinking with CB.  :)


On Monday we drove out to my parents' house so that the kids could officially open the pool.  The water was only 70 degrees, but they didn't care.


I tried to get a sweet picture of all three of them, but you can see how well that worked for me...


I finally completed this project:


I followed these directions and then spent an evening (after dance) watching Scandal and painting.  (Please know, I talked Chris into making the grid and circles for me, measuring and such is not really my thing.)

 We painted the front room.  Again, that we means Chris.  It's a minty white (parsnip by behr).  When the paint was barely dry and hung everything back on the wall.  I'm kind of in love.  Just so you know.  Also, three minutes after I took this picture, Chandler walked in the room, went, "Oooooohhhhhh, prettttyyyyyy!"  and then threw three pillows off the couch and laid down.  And the room hasn't looked this good since.


We've had lunches out....

And game days...

 {I think Casey was trying to talk to Chan out of the side of her mouth to tell her what to play...cheaters...}


And Quinn has had plenty of time in his underwear...


Yay for dinner with Molly!  How I love this girl...


And there are quite a few new things in the shop...  (you should head over there next)


We're heading into recital weekend and then onto a whirlwind vacay...a night in Nashville (yay, Pendergrass family!) and then onto Chicago for 4 days.  I then maybe things will slow down a bit.  Maybe.