Friday, July 11, 2014

i can resist anything. except temptation.

the moving truck is currently on it's way to seattle!  and on saturday we start our three-day road trip up with the kids.  help me lol...
so this move...might kill me?  i did already have a nice meltdown this past weekend...so you know, got that out of the way ;)  but now i'm feeling good.  and the kids were fighting TERRIBLY for the last 2 weeks (which was awesome when we had family visiting, ugh) but this week they have (mostly) been pretty great. (maybe it's the calming essential oils I've been constantly diffusing in the house??)
 
shark and his buddy had such a great time hanging out in the empty moving truck.  they tricked it all out with snacks, comfy stuff, etc.  i wish I had snapped a picture of their final set-up...
and pants loved when sharkey was 'helping' load the truck.
 just kidding.
shark was a beast at re-arranging the boxes though.


we've been eating out a lot since the kitchen is packed up, but i am ready to get back to some real cooking.  oh, and we just heard the word that the kitchen in the new house is looking great and pretty much finished!  I am so excited!  and shark is reeeally into that chik-fil-A book...
 
 we are also ready to get back to eating off real plates.
 
i am trying to stay upbeat (especially for sky's sake), and pants and I are 100percent positive that this move is the right thing for us...but man!  this whole process is STRESSFUL.  and it's hard to take care of yourself when you are running all directions...like at 2:30am still putting things in the moving truck...

this old hat's getting way too much use, especially with lots of cleaning happening.  so.much.cleaning.

the best part about this week is that it worked out so we got to see all our good friends one last time!  sky had a nice send off with his youth and skate(board) group too, which really meant a lot to us.  we are going to miss everyone so much!!
 

Friday, July 4, 2014

we solve crimes. i blog about it, he forgets his pants.

lots of random...


i really should be packing right now...but the kids are finally for the first time in weeks playing nicely together, so it's like my one chance to be on the computer.  but you should see my moving binder!!  what?  you don't have a labeled binder tab for every.single.facet of your life?  I am insane with my lists...
 i'm oddly getting excited for the colder (post-summertime) weather in seattle.  I get to wear less of this:
and more of this:
and can I just say the boys are growing like CRAZY?  this cat:
is *almost* in a men's size shoe...
we are on our way to wrapping things up here in orange county!  only one more week till we move up to seattle!!  getting in lots of last-minute time with friends...
 
 



  


we are in buckingham palace...sherlock holmes, put your trousers on.

my brother's family came out last week, which was fun except for the piles of boxes strewn everywhere around my house...oh, and the tooth i had to get pulled on tuesday ;) but here are a few highlights of some fun stuff with the kids!

at the pacific marine mammal center in laguna with cousin emily...
we love seals.  and sharks.
 and frowning.
 I looove downtown laguna beach.
tired blues...
 at the tide pools!




 sky and cousin emily...digging something up...
 and a 'hangin' around the house' shot...sky and my bro on dueling computers.  (ignore the moving mess!  and the...horse head?!)



 

a hearty thanks to will smith

our last california-style fourth of july!
 
bike riding to the parade...
 
 

 hangin' out with friends...


pants LOVES selfies!


this guy had sooo much fun with the 'big kids'!
 


Friday, June 20, 2014

how to do math: #1 write down question #2 cry

my kids have been sooo sick the past five days!  they got a BAD virus (high fever, flu, sky throwing up and literally not able to get out of bed for FOUR days straight) culminating with both boys having double ear infections...not exactly the way the last week of school should have ended!  at least they made it on the actual last day (friday) after being out monday-thursday. 

(shark and his much taller buddy on a school field trip)
shark had such a successful school year!  he has always been ahead academically, so i never worry about that, but i was so glad he had the NICEST teacher and got to do so much fun stuff - from growing his own butterfly into a caterpillar and releasing it, to having a part in a cute little play two weeks ago where he did a square dance and had two lines (which he called 'my speech' ;).  so i am now the proud owner of a third grader. 

and a seventh grader...sigh...
(relax mom, it's sparkling cider.) 
 
no, this cat did great too.  has lots of pals he will miss, and hit the honor roll almost every time.  there were definitely a few bumps in the road organizationally (homework?  uhhh...never heard of it...) but the information this guy retained is mind-blowing.  i swear he could recite his entire history and science textbooks from memory. if only he was graded only on knowing the information and how well he can communicate/use said information (like in the real world).  (unfortunately grades also include things like, 'oh, you were sick yesterday?  well, your teacher is gone today and the sub doesn't have the quiz you missed and need to make up.  so...zero for quiz.')  but hey, nothing's perfect, and we just do what we can. i do have to say he had the KINDEST core (homeroom) teacher this year and looooved his art class - they did such cool stuff like ceramics and even got to use a kiln.

I was really sick this week too, but who cares, us moms still have to put our time in. oh, and pants just got it.  poor guy took his second sick day in TEN years and had to go get a z-pack from urgent care.  that's how bad this virus it!  yikes, don't come to my house...

i mean, seriously, don't come to my house right now.  because it's also in the middle of being all boxed up.  although in a case of somewhat ridiculous timing, on tuesday my brother's family is actually coming to stay with us for a week.  i assume their idea of a good time is eating off paper plates and helping tape up boxes...so we will be having a good good time! ;)