Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This and That. . .

So July? It's flown by. Busy. Fun. And almost over!

We hit the ground running when we got back from the beach. Obviously. . . haven't even had time to blog!

There was an evening out with the girls and my first time eating at Red Robin. Yummm!
(there ARE pictures out there, but I didn't take any of them)

A couple of nights with cousins coming over to eat and play around July 4th.

Fun times babysitting this friend's youngest. We loved having a baby around, again!

The Coach and the boys built huge shelves in the attic - we cleaned everything out up there and took a van load to Salvation Army. Woohoo!
(I should take a picture - you'd be so impressed! Ha!)

Moving Little Man into the "big boys" room and putting the crib up. Can't believe it. First time it has been empty in 14 1/2 years. (sniff)

Little Man is totally potty trained, now, too. I can't believe he actually got it! Naptime, nighttime and the whole nine yards!

Driving kids to basketball games, to babysit. . . mow. . . workout. . . teach Bible Clubs. Yes I AM the taxi driver.

Lunch out with sweet teachers from our school (this friend is a homeschooling mom at the moment, but I know that her kids will be back!).

Shopping for new wedding bands for the Coach (nothing decided as of yet - had no idea what an expensive vacation memory that would be!). Did you KNOW you could buy jewelry online?

Lots of time for the Coach and the boys working on the deck.

Redecorating Daughter's (#2) room (still lots to do).

Trip to Fort Worth for just the Coach and I! Can you believe it? Lovely times. Which included (among other things). . .
A day of Shopping with my BFF (the Coach had a conference to attend).
TWO nights out to dinner with the Coach (he liked Red Robin, too!).
A pedicure.
Some more shopping.
Jogging at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Campus.
Even a movie!
And I got Starbucks TWICE. Heaven, I tell you!
(Did I mention the hotel had cable? And muffins in the morning?)
All thanks to our sweet sitters - the kids had SO much fun without us.

Then celebrating the Coach's 40th. Wow! He looks great for being so OLD, don't you think? (You know I'm teasing. And I'm younger.)

Trip back to Dallas to see this guy.

So much fun!
Go bug Crazy Daisy until she does a post about how great it was! Ha!

Time at the farm with 1st and 2nd cousins from Missouri and California. Kids played in the pond and the mud so long that their toenails turned orange. Yuck.

Riding bikes. . . playing legos. . . trips to the pool.

Dinner and swimming with good friends from church.

Great evening with one of our sweet California cousins.
(There is a picture out there somewhere - I'll track it down.)

And HELLO THERE wonderful, beautiful, lovely new mac laptop. Woohoo! Feeling oh so spoiled about now. (smile)

This week?
. . . time up at school, sorting clothes, making lists and the beginning of the daunting task of school shopping for SEVEN.

A great month.

So all is well here at the Troops as Summer winds down. Going to take kids to the dentist, spend some quiet days at the farm, send the younger boys to football camp, start highschool football and junior high volleyball practice (means more taxi driving for me), send the Coach and all of the boys to varsity football camp . . . then school will be starting before we know it.

I'm sad in a way. . . but excited to see what the year will hold. Lot's to pray about, talk about, work through and learn. In other words - life as usual!

Now that I've caught up a bit here at Mrs. Troop, I'm going to try to get some SLEEP.

Happy Wednesday!


jo said...

3:39 am? Seriously. Girl, you have quite a bit of clarity for that late - or early. Either one. I love your summer catch up post. Sounds absolutely wonderful. It's like vacation - you wish it would never end but what makes it so special is that the days are numbered.
I never thanked you for the food email. It was really helpful. Really. Like E says - it is what it is. Don't fight it.
ugh. I wish I loved meal planning more.
I'm going to try your oatmeal pack idea for snacks though - Seriously.
Thinking about the room-re-do for big girl too - maybe next summer.
Does #2 - have her own room? Let me know about that.

sfowler said...

You left out that your delightful crew helped a desperate CHA teacher move her classroom! I couldn't have made it without you and your kids. Love you guys.

Jen S said...

Wow, Karen! And I can't even imagine school supply shopping for 7!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a full, happy summer. We are getting ready to leave for our mini vacation tomorrow evening. Then, August... where have the days gone! Glad to hear from you and know you are doing well!