6/9/09 Surviving!

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This is the first full week of summer vacation and so far things are not too bad. Much better than that first day thankfully! The boys still have their moments of whining and attitude but that is usually when I have not made them do something productive. Last weekend was an absolute blast! Friday I took the kids to the library to sign them up for the reading program. We spent an hour there and for the most part everyone was well behaved. Although Rhianna had a meltdown when it was time to leave. There is this “play area” of sorts in the children’s library where they have blocks and legos and other odds and ends. Well they also have this light table where you can play with these magnetic clear colored shapes, and Rhianna was totally enthralled with that. So when it wastime to leave she was heartbroken 🙁 And of course at 2 she doesn’t understand that we can come back lol. Saturday morning I took the boys to Home Depot for their kids’ workshop that they have the first Saturday of every month. I have never done this before but I will definitely do it again. This month it was the “hardware sorter” and they got to play with wood, glue and hammer in some nails, plus they gave the kids aprons (like you see the workers wearing), a pin (each month is a new one), and certificates. It was just really fun and they were so proud of their creations. Then we had a graduation party to go to that afternoon, so we did that, and then that night was the first Movie in the Park here in town. They had the Radio Disney dance team there from 7:00-8:30 and they played music, taught the kids a couple of dances, had some contests etc. My oldest son almost won the silly dance contest but was beaten out by a kid that pretty much copied his dance *rolls eyes* Oh well, he still had fun. THey got lots of freebies, and then I got excited because someone was walking around the park handing out handfuls of Sonic coupons and I got 11 coupons for free vanilla ice cream cones ;op These will make great treats this summer that I don’t have to pay for. THen we all sat in our lawn chairs and snacked on popcorn and kool-aid and watched Kung Fu Panda! DH stayed home with Rhianna so it was again just me and the boys and it was just really nice to have some 1 on 2 time with them where I could really focus on them. There are a couple of other towns nearby that are doing the same thing so we might check those out too..hey, you can’t beat free entertainment! That is just one of the reasons I love summer, there is just so much free stuff to do around here 🙂

Still have not gotten to go swimming, which has me a bit frustrated. For the most part the weather has been a bit cool with temps maybe hitting the low 80’s and it’s been quite rainy. Poor kids are begging to go swimming but we just haven’t gotten to yet. I am waiting on hubby to get home so I can go to my dad’s house and help him set up his “new” computer. I say “new” because he has had it since about October and is just now getting it set up. Um.. Yeah. Don’t get me started. I love my dad but he is the most computer illiterate person I know. And that in itself doesn’t bother me but then he asks for my advice on computer stuff but then never takes it. Plus he called me last night saying his cable modem isn’t working..my guess is it’s either somehow gotten unplugged or it is toast. I’m leaning towards toast because I think it is probably at least 4 or 5 years old. If not older…yeeek.

So anyways, that is about all that is up with me. I try and check in daily but with all 3 kids home it is hard for me to find time to post on a regular basis. Hope everyone is doing well!

6/4/09 Day 1 of Summer Vacation…

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did not go so well. It involved me coming thisclose to a nervous breakdown and lots of screaming and fighting between me and the kids. Hopefully this is not a sign of how this summer will be. Well…at least the house got clean.

It has been an interesting and very stressful couple of weeks. We are currently in the process of determining whether we can build onto the house, instead of just replacing the roof. This would be great for so many reasons, namely that it would solve the “not enough room” dilemma and the situation with the problem roof. However, whether we can afford it or not is still an issue. We will have to draw up a basic floorplan, and then the contractor will give us the figures, and then the fun of trying to find a way to pay for it will begin. And of course this is all dependent on if we can even afford the monthly payment. I’m pretty sure I am going to apply for a job somewhere, Borders being at the top of my list. I think if I could get a PT job that it would help on a number of fronts. I haven’t “worked” in almost 9 years, so the thought of going back into the workforce even part time is daunting, but I hate feeling so dependent on my hubby plus we could really use that extra $$$.

DH and oldest DS are going out for dessert of some sort, so it is just me and the younger 2 at home. The middle kid is in trouble because instead of helping to clean the house tonight, he got an attitude with me about it and never actually DID anything to help. It’s not fair to everyone else who worked their butts off and he just puttzed around.

Not much else to report…Hmmm…me and hubby’s 10th anniversary is tomorrow but nothing planned as we are broke as usual. And all the summer fun really doesn’t start till Saturday when the the city begins it’s monthly “Movies in the Park”. Saturday night is Kung Fu Panda, and I am hoping the weather cooperates…I see possibility of rain in the forcast, but at this rate, what else is new? I’m still waiting for the temps to be more summerlike! Would be nice if the pool was warm enough to swim in this weekend but I’m not real hopeful.

Alright, my troublemaker is refusing to go to bed even though he was sent to his room an hour ago. Guess I need to go deal with this =\ Hope everyone is doing well!