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Siesta

It has been a busy summer.  We just got back from a week at the beach.  It was such a relaxing week. Three of the kids were able to come with us.   There is just something therapeutic about sitting and watching the waves.  We took a tent, chairs, cooler, bocce, books and floaties down every day.

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We have been back to work for a couple weeks now.  We were unplugged while there and mostly since we we have been back with the olympics on.

We found a new way to exercise this past weekend.  We tried kayaking for the first time.  Lots of fun.  We want to find some less populated places to go to try it out – but we both enjoyed it so much.  Gives you a good core work out.  We need to find an activity that doesn’t require so much space for storage…

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This is definitely something we need to try in Denver…  Of course I wore my good tennis shoes not even thinking about the fact that my feet might get wet…  Can’t wait to go again.  I will admit at one point that it would be a good idea to put a motor on it…

We walk the dogs before work each morning.  This week we have seen:  two fox, a deer, a mama deer and a baby deer,  and a skunk.  Quite a plethora of wild life and it is only Wednesday!

We have made it back to the gym.  They have new weight machines.  We are becoming friends.

They make iced mocha coffee in a carton…  It is a pretty tasty treat at night…

Denver

We finally made it to Denver.  Our spring break trip finally happened…  It was action packed and a lot of fun.  We didn’t get to celebrate kid birthdays but we did celebrate America’s…  We were on the go from the time we landed until we left – so it is good to be back home and into our routine.  Although I do miss our lil’ peanut.  We rented a Jeep Grand Cherokee – and we liked it a lot – something to look into when we turn in our lease.  I know it isn’t environmentally friendly, nor very practical, but we liked it…  I am sure we will run the gamut when we do go looking…  Anyway… we went up into the Rocky Mountains, into Golden, into Westminster for fireworks, attended a block party, went to the zoo, played and played and played…

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As the end of the fiscal year will be here in two days…  So much is going on.  Between work – graduations – orientations – enlisting –  yard work – masters – moving kids – healing friends – this that and the other…  I have  upped my tennis to two nights a week.  It is so nice.  A good stress reliever.

No worries…

No deadlines…

No hurt feelings…

No time limit…

No politics…

No procedures…

No budget…

Nobody coming to my desk…

No needs…

No software…

No internet…

No new tools…

Those are all things I am grateful for – but for two hours a day I like unplugging…

 

 

Found it

As the last three kids graduate high school, I have done a book of their life through graduation and had it printed for them.  Now that we are on the last kid, the years where pictures are old school (actual prints) are fewer and where they are digital are more.  I have always  liked to take pictures – and everyone who knows me, knows to just be quiet and pose and move on.  So much so that at the last graduation I was the only one with a camera.  With share sites there is no need for everyone to take them individually.  Anyway…  Isabelle wanted to help me scan pictures for her book.  So, she did.  Problem is she put them all in one folder.  It is hard to determine what is one year versus the next year, etc.  Well, things that I see as milestones to include she didn’t necessarily – like her birthday…  Long story short – I am spending so much time trying to figure out what goes where and in what order that I should have just rescanned them.  I am on the last two years of print photos.  Then I found this app.  It takes a picture of the photo album page, crops the pics and lets you edit them – saves them to your phone camera roll and I can use them right away (cause my phone is hooked up to my mac).  This eliminates the step of trying to pull the picture off the sticky stuff on the photo page and scanning it…

It will also allow me to quickly take pics of the 70 plus photo albums that I have and make them digital and store them on an external drive with the kids – so they have their own copy…  When I get that free time:)

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Oriented…

Well this past weekend we attended orientation at the college our youngest is attending in the fall.  As this is our 5th child through college it actually was very well organized.  Very tech savvy with an app for my phone with sessions and note taking abilities.  Best of all she was able to meet her roommate again and spend time with her.  We met her family.  This is their first child in college and of course our last.  As this child is more like me than her dad, I suggested a lighter load – we settled on 16 or 17 hours (I would have said 14 was fine…).  I suppose time will tell.  Hard to believe so much time has passed.  We are so excited for her.  I am sure there will be issues, but she will deal with them.  We all went to lunch after it was over and she seems to have it together.  Loved hearing her tell of kids saying they were going uptown to try out their fake IDs.  Always the voice of reason…  She told them they would stick out like a sore thumb cause it is summer break and only incoming freshman are around and it was orientation.  They decided to stay in…  Hey – at least she has common sense :)   Of course she was probably a bit grouchy on the ride home with her dad – they did make them get up at 7:00 (for no good reason)…  She only has one 8:30 class – all other days start at 10:30.  Turning yet another page…

Garage Clutter

Our garage collects stuff.  Just like the crawl space…  It is the place to hold stuff.   As we accumulate it, it sits…  Two cars, a scooter, lawn mower, yard stuff, tools, etc.  We just finished our yard project – installing edger stones around the whole house, replanting, and mulching.  So the tools that were used were placed close to where they live in the garage.  So, in my vision of getting it orderly again, I decided we needed new shelving.  Looking high and low there was nothing to purchase as I wanted it – because I wanted it to go over the trash cans.  So, I decided to make one.  Now, I am not handy – I always think I can do more than I can – but in this case I think we did a good job!  We borrowed the saw from our friend and got to it.  We went to the hardware store to get the lumber.  Now we don’t have a truck, so we stuffed 9 2x4x10’s into the SUV and traveled home.  Mary had to sit in the back and direct my right side as I couldn’t see out of the window.  We worked on the size – customizing the length to fit the space.  Hind sight – we should have done that first -lol…  But as we started, my little drill was fizzling on the screws.  So, as I always do when doing projects – I googled it.

Trip number one to the store.  I needed a mower blade for my trusty friend, so that made the trip all the better.  On a side note, we decided daughter number 4 could clean up/pack up/throw away stuff in her room – so we needed tubs.  When we got to the store, Mary went and asked the handy guy, what we needed.  He said an impact drill would be ideal but they are pricey.  So we discussed voltage and I said what about this one.  It was a Ryobi and it came with two batteries and an impact drill and a 18 volt drill – all for $99.  A memorial day deal.

Got back home and resumed work.  Boy did that thing work well – I don’t know when I will need it again – but it was great!  Well, as we moved along, we needed 4 more boards.  Trip number two to the store.  Mary went and had them cut them, so they would fit in the car.  (Much safer).  Then I noticed I would be out of screws.  Looked down and there was her phone…  So trip number three, I sent the daughter to the store for the screws.

All in all, a very functional shelving unit.  The top shelf holds all the beach stuff, and the other shelf is quickly filling up.  The tools are all back in their spaces and we can get through in the morning with the blind dogs without having them trip on everything on the way out.

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