South Canada

20 Aug

It’s time for vacation pictures!

Never again will we vacation the week before school starts. We need at least a week to decompress from our vacation. Maybe school is the vacation??

Our trip started in Homestate’s Capital. We needed to pick up J~ from a conference there. While we were waiting, we toured the capital building.

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When J~ was done we headed north to South Canada to see my sister. While we were there, the kids jumped on the trampoline

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Built a hay fort

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And slept in a treehouse

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We also visited a WWII plane museum. E~ was thrilled. He is our resident WWII air craft expert.

J~, E~ & I had all read a book this summer called A Higher Call & the plane featured in the book was also on display at the museum. We were pretty excited to see it.

German Air Force Messerschmidt

German Air Force Messerschmidt

You should really read the book. It’s an incredible story & from a perspective we don’t often see. Seriously good book.

Way too soon, it was time to leave South Canada & head north to Northern South Canada. We visited some more family, played with toddlers, rode a mule, & taught E~ some basic driving skills.

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On our way farther north, we picked up Uncle Jim & headed to our final destination – Canada.

K~

 

Slacktivism

19 Aug

It’s time for K~ to get her hackles up! Ready for a rant?

Recently J~ & I were discussing the latest Facebook trend – the cold water challenge; you know the one where you dump a bucket of ice water over your head or donate money to ALS research? Can I tell you how much I dislike these posts? This sums up my thoughts on this particular challenge nicely.

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I’ve heard some people argue that it raises awareness & it has raised a fair amount of money for ALS. That’s great if it’s true. Although, I have had more than a few facebook friends ask what it’s all about. So I think it can be argued that the awareness thing isn’t going so well. 

I will give whoever thought the challenge a bit of credit though. It’s vastly more entertaining than vague statuses about bra colors  & living overseas for various amounts of time.

I maintain the best thing you can do for a cause you care about is personally get involved or open up your pocketbook.

End Rant.

K~

School’s Back In Session!

18 Aug

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E~ 8th, G~ 5th, T~ 2nd

You Know It’s Been Awhile When You Have to Recover Your Password

28 Jul

So, Summer. It’s nearly over. Only 3 weeks & the busiest summer we’ve ever had will be in the books.

Baseball & softball ended just over a week ago. E~’s team was very young & it showed. I’m frustrated with the league because they stacked teams. There were a few teams where all the boys shaved & then you have E~’s team where maybe 2 or 3 kids were shaving. It creates a bit of a disadvantage. G~’s team did just fine. They had a good mix of abilities. They won some, they lost some. G~ gained skills & was quite good at-bat. T~’s league was very much a beginner league. It was fine last year but T~ could use a little more of a real-game league rather than the ‘Everyone gets on base every inning’ league. But my biggest pet-peeve about ball is that it lasts FOREVER! The last 2 weeks of the season I had kids crying because they had yet another game. My philosophy of youth sports is leave the kids wanting more rather than having them cry because they just want their evenings back. Oh, wait. That might have been me crying…

On the flip side of ball is swimming. The boys swam for the neighborhood team this year & both of them really liked it. They had 5 meets. They improved their skills greatly. The best part, besides the fact that I didn’t have to drive them to practice, was they never complained about the early morning swim. Every morning E~ was up by 6:15 to grab a granola bar on his way out the door. G~’s practice wasn’t until 8:30, but he was still out the door shortly after 8. I think he didn’t want to miss the little ‘biker gang’ that made their way to the pool every morning for practice.

T~ started swimming lessons last week & is really liking it. She’s made a lot of progress in just 4 lessons. Excited to see what she can do at the end of the session!

Time to start the day. I’ll try to post some pictures from our camping trip from the past weekend later this week.

K~

School’s Out!

5 Jun

Let the madness begin!

The kids are signed up for too much. We’ve become one of those families that I complain about. You know the ones who sign their kids up for everything? That’s us! All 3 kids are playing ball, the boys are signed up for swim team, T~ is in swimming lessons, E~ has 10 days of camp, G~ has 3 & T~ is going to camp with the neighbors (at their house). Both boys are taking Summer Band – E~ has 2 weeks of band camp & G~ has 7 weeks of lessons to get him started on his drums. E also will be doing College for Kids, a camp where he goes every morning for 2 weeks to a local college & takes 3 classes in various topics. I think he’s taking courses on WWII (no surprises there), Aerodynamic Design, & Sculpture. Oh, & piano lessons. I break out in hives just thinking about the schedule.

Maybe it feels worse since last summer I only had one kids to keep on schedule.

All this talk of schedules is making me tired. I think it might be time for a Summer Vacation Nap.

K~

If Only I Wrote More…

19 May

Then I wouldn’t always be playing catch-up!

Couple of things:

Trip planning has been slow. We’re trying to decide between Hoi An & Phu Quoc as our ‘side trip’. The kids say Phu Quoc. J~ & I think both look amazing. Stay tuned…

G~ has his band interview on Wed. He REALLY wants percussion. I REALLY want something else, perhaps a tuba or a trombone? The cards are stacked against me though. Today his school hosted a Steel Drum band. G~ was beside himself with excitement. I can only imagine his review tonight…

E~ is almost done with Track. We are all thrilled. Track is a great sport but the meets are soooooo loooooooooooong (must be said in a whiny tone). E~ has been running the first race & then last race & maybe one in-between. Makes for some looooooooooong 3.5hr meets. Thankfully he’ll only have 3 instead of the original 7 scheduled. Never thought I’d be so happy for a rain out. E~ hasn’t been thrilled with the meets either. He enjoys practices & is really enjoying the hurdles. His last meet is on Friday. Yay!!

Then we’ll be fully into baseball. Both boys have had games already. T~ starts practice tonight, the same time as a baseball game, soccer practice, and a band concert.

The other exciting thing this week is our school is doing a Walking School Bus. We have quite a few walkers anyway, but Metropolis has a Blue Zone designation so they are pushing the walking bus. I’m on a ‘driving’ team which means a neighbor & I do what we normally do – walk our kids to school only we’re adding another 10 kids to our regular routine. It’ll be a fun thing to do for all of us except for Kenai. He’s not allowed on the bus :-( It didn’t take him long to figure out the walking to school routine & he was pretty upset about being left out.

Off to get kids from school & start our crazy evening!

K~

It’s On!

30 Apr

We bought tickets for our trip to Vietnam this week! We’re all super excited to be heading back/going for the first time!

It was a long process but we finally found a travel agency that was helpful & we got a great rate! Plus we get 10 hours in Tokyo. We’re hoping to get out of the airport for a quick Japanese experience too.

Yes. Our kids are really spoiled ;-)

My hope is not to leave them a monetary legacy but a legacy of adventure. We’re well on our way!

K~

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